Annoying the adolescents

The complexity of the human brain continues to marvel humans with the seemingly impossible abilities it is capable to perform every day.

With this being said, many popular sources of media, such as National Geographic and PBS, have done feature studies on the brain. However, they seem to hold the teenage brain to a different set of standards.

The first three words of the article are moody, impulsive and maddening.

These articles have titles designed to appeal to adults and offer help to understand the teenager living in your house, when in reality, the teenager is struggling to find common ground with the parents living in their house.


Two students occupy their math classroom, one studying the other playing games on his phone.

There is no question that the personalities and behaviors between teenagers and adults are vastly different. However, the behaviors of teens don’t always reflect being moody and conceited, as there are many adults and also children who share these attributes. But, teens seem to be labeled more because these attributes are the most noticeable and problematic.

These articles fail to celebrate the teens who stay up past ten every night doing homework, sweat on the field or suppress the annoying crunching sounds as they eat lunch in the back of the classroom. Despite what many “parent friendly” articles portray, kindhearted and hard working teenagers still exist, and they are often puzzled not with the the changes within themselves, but rather with the attitudes that their parents have towards them.

Rather than making wild accusations until one sticks, it would be more beneficial for parents to ask questions to build a relationship of trust with their offspring. After all, there are very few “adolescent friendly” books on how to deal with parents. That might be the
next big thing.

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