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Young Guns - The 21st Century's American Teenager

Updated on December 12, 2013
Pop Culture Clash
Pop Culture Clash

To Be or Not To Be

Ah, to be young again; I think not! Especially not now. Not with all the overwhelming pressures facing teenagers these days, sexual diseases, and raging hormones. The last thing I'd ever wish for..., was to be fifteen or sixteen again. It is no wonder that teenagers today, have more life experiences under their belt by the time they turn 20- than the average adult had at that same age 10, 15 or 20 years ago. First and foremost, pictures of us adults wouldn't have been placed on the World Wide Web, for the whole world to view. It was something that we adults had, but children of today are forced to sacrifice, that 'lil thing we know as pride. I personally don't think teenagers realize, that when a mother like myself sees pictures like these, my respect level for the youth of today goes away down. So too goes my compassion and trust among other things. However, I do commend this generations attitude towards a willingness to accept those who are different, and those who may not be labeled "normal." In that regards, I feel the adult population could actually learn a lesson or two about acceptance.

As well as that maybe, I'm still incline to asking all you adults out there; does it seem to you, that kids these days are irrational complainers, brats, and selfish diplomats? Teenagers today, remind me of some kind of Washington, political lobbyist. I'm sure you know the type I'm talking about... Yeah, them guys! The ones who are basically, political bitches giving this and that to an American Senator, just in order to influence their opinion on something or another. They sell themselves cheap, and ask for too big of a price for the things they want.

I have recently went back to school myself. It has been quite the eye-opening experience. One day last week, two young girls (who received government grant money to pay for their tuition- unlike myself) decided in the middle of lecture to demonstrate to a group of older guys in my class; on just how them gentlemen should kiss a "real" girl. Now mind you already, the guys they were trying to "teach" were 20-25 yrs. old, more importantly however, is the fact that girls weren't "real."

Give me a break- seriously! I honestly felt embarrassed for them. 'Cause, sure those guys are going to give them girls some attention. However, do they honestly think it is the kind of attention they deserve. I think not. I often see our youth of today, acting out in uncontrollable behaviors like previous listed- day in and day out. Which maybe start to think about the situations these young kids are purposely, putting themselves in; and why in the hell they are doing it.

The human spirit and soul, is like any other body part, plant or microorganism that needs to grow. It needs to be nurtured, noticed, and provided an enrich environment in which to flourish and grow. Teenagers these days are screaming for attention. My teenage son always does something stupid, or incredibly foolish when he hasn't received enough attention. Without realizing it, his automatic rebel inside starts to kick in, and his grades start to go downhill and he usually develops a really smart mouth.

I came from a family who was constantly in my shit. I received so much attention, that I couldn't sneeze without my mother and father in my business. Therefore, I was one who liked to fly under the radar of my parents watch tower. However, I don't think that is the issue nowadays. Kids are clearly not receiving what they need from parents these days. It seems that for every decade that passes by- the next one gets more hectic. Which again makes me wonder, is all these advances in technology really that worth it? 'Cause it seems to me; that the bigger our TV sets get, and the faster our computers become, it is our "youth of society" that pays for it. Moreover, if your kid is acting out, or the neighbor kid is hosting orgies on league night; stop and give them something better than a one night stand- try giving them some positive attention.

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  • IntimatEvolution profile imageAUTHOR

    Julie Grimes 

    7 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

    Yeah I know........ it is scary when a parent begins to think about the upcoming possibilities of the teenage years. My boy is 15, soon to be 16. So I know firsthand.

    You're spot on with the idea of instilling in them (your babies) a fortified foundation, of good, moral, character and values. As parents it is our best defense, and truthfully it's the only real defensive we have to raising our children right and protecting them from themselves. Thanks for commenting Lindsley!

  • Lindsley profile image


    7 years ago from Indianapolis

    True and honest...this is the kind of thing i'm terrified of when it comes to my daughters and i can only hope I instill good morals and enough common since in them not to do things like this thank goodness there only babies for the time being though!!

  • IntimatEvolution profile imageAUTHOR

    Julie Grimes 

    7 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

    This just in, [url][/url], and too think I wrote this hub over a year ago.

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    Pamela N Red 

    8 years ago from Oklahoma

    It's much more scary now days with all the diseases and other stuff going on. I have a teenage daughter and luckily she is immature for her age and not yet ready for many of the things girls have been doing since they were 13. At 15 she still doesn't date and is under our noses all the time. It can sometimes be a good thing.

  • IntimatEvolution profile imageAUTHOR

    Julie Grimes 

    8 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

    Thanks Cheeky. I appreciate the feedback.

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    Cassandra Mantis 

    8 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    great Hub, great subject! I like very much!

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  • RKHenry profile image


    8 years ago from Neighborhood museum in Somewhere, USA

    Interesting work you've putting out lately. Keep up the great subject matter, and writings.


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