Misconceptions of Teenagers

Parents think they understand our feelings by using the notorious phrase 'We were young once too ...' I believe this is the biggest misunderstanding parents have about teenagers because it makes our feelings seem insignificant. Although much of our anxiety comes from the same things, it doesn't mean all teenagers feel the same way about particular situations. Just because our parents were teenagers once doesn't mean they understand or that our feelings should be ignored..
Adults often think teenagers are spoiled when it comes to food, clothing and gadgets. They think we are only looking for enjoyment. Adults also tend to think teenagers are not as hard-working as they are because we seem to be carefree. But what adults see is only a part of the story. This generation may have tremendous advantages, but we also have to resist temptations and concentrate on our work. Once teenagers have a goal, we usually work hard to succeed, just like adults do.
The biggest misconception is that we still live in the same era as our parents, with no change in lifestyle. The familiar 'I studied very hard at your age, see how successful I've become' speech is definitely repeated too often. I understand the moral behind it, but can't help thinking of the many distractions they didn't have to struggle with when they were young. Facebook is one of them. Academic competition is fierce and straight..  I wish parents would understand we face pretty tough challenges too.

The biggest misunderstanding is that school life is enjoyable and fun. Well, that's not quite the case. Teenagers have to deal with problems like poor relationships with family, friends and boyfriends or girlfriends. Not to mention low self-esteem, stress from the exam-oriented educational system, and high hopes and expectations from parents and teachers. In short, a teenager's life is definitely not an easy one.
Adults have this common misconception aboutteenagers being too laidback. They tend to think we don't take enough initiative to prepare ourselves for the future. This is not true in most cases. Many teenagers I know go that extra mile to achieve things they are determined to achieve. Of course, as adolescents, we like to enjoy our free time by going out or pursuing personal interests. That does not mean we aren't serious about our studies and our future. Personally, I like to spend time cooking for my family and I love listening to music, but I make sure I work hard as well.

Yogesh Ojha

19 year old student, Yogesh S/O Late Mr. Shambhudayal Ojha is now an International Author with mass readership over 185 countries.. Being a national winner in sketching and story writing,Currently he is conducting his research across 20 countries for his upcoming novels.. A number of sad, romantic and emotional songs along with 10000 poems are the part of his creations. Also he is a motivational speaker and counsellor .. According to him " If you wanna be alive even after your death.. Either write something or do something which could be written "

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