Teenagers: the older generation’s scapegoats for societies downfall.

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Teenagers are the ones to blame for everything wrong in our society these days. Drugs, Alcoholism, you blame it. Yes, there are some minorities that let us down, but that’s not the whole of the story. For example, did you know that the number of people treated in hospital in England and Wales as a result of violent incidents fell by 14% in 2012. 9 times out of 10, a teenager is well behaved and too wrapped up in their studies, commitments and friends to even bother sneaking out late.

The number of first time juvenile offenders and decreased from 110,879 in 2007 to 40,717 in 2011. (source: http://www.civitas.org.uk/crime/factsheet-youthoffending.pdf)

The adults of today don’t realise how much society is changing and improving, and seem to be stuck in the past.

Adults complain that we don’t have jobs, or pay our own way. We are still in school, studying, there is literally no time for us to do so. Also, I’ll bet that more than half of them didn’t have a job at our age. There aren’t many jobs out there and the economy is going through rough times, but again this is not our fault, it should be the older generation’s responsibility if anyone is left to blame.

All us teens in Britain are perceived as noisy, reckless and outrageously irresponsible. Probably not even 10% of the teen population in the UK fit this criteria. As soon as we walk out around the area with a hood on and listening to music we are instantly labelled. We wear these clothes because they are cheap and comfortable, we can’t spend a lot on clothing as we don’t have jobs and are bound to grow out of it quickly. Music means everything to teens, so don’t deprive us of it.

“Teenagers are slobs, sleep all day and are reckless all night”. Wrong. We work hard and then end up like zombies. Want more proof? Check out my blog post on ‘teens being sleep addicts’ https://katieloui.wordpress.com/2013/11/15/the-average-sleepy-teen/

I just feel like teenagers these days are the bad guys, a few people do something wrong and we all get labelled. Did you also take into account that most of the time those who do misbehave have a bad up-bringing and they can’t help that? Didn’t think so.

Personally, I work really hard at school and try to be a positive member of the community I live in and as far as I know, so do my friends. None of us will be perfect, as we are still growing up and finding our way, but please don’t label us as the nasty thugs that you currently do.

And for now, I leave you with the famous quote from George Elliot:

“Don’t judge a book by it’s cover, it’s what’s inside that’s matters”

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