Why is it that we find the Hunger Games so intriguing? Is it because we grasp the seriousness of the Games . . . Or is it because of something else, much more superficial?
Most teenagers don’t really have the stress of financial responsibility. However, teens do need to learn the value of money at some point, and preferably sooner rather than later. Eventually, teens will become adults who live on their own in the real world and have bills to pay...
What is beauty? Where does it stem from? What is its essence?
Harold lopes down the hallway, his crammed backpack giving his back a slight hump. The tape on the bridge of his glasses gives him a partially obstructed view. He sees a fellow nerd in the hallway and greets him in a nasal tone, before tripping and landing face-first on the floor.
Betrayal from friends can be heart-breaking, but is it worth it to fight back? Is the friend even a good one to keep?
Young girls are feeling the pressure to look older than their age. Our interns weigh in on how this is affecting society's view of what's appropriate, and what's not.
Kids weren't always as lazy as they are now. This article examines the dangerous effects of teen complacency, and how it came to be.
The media holds up a picture of teen beauty. But is this standard a realistic goal? Read about the damaging effects of believing the ideas we hear about fashion.
How does modern technology affect teen work ethic? Our interns weigh in!
How much time do you spend listening to the latest pop songs? Music can slowly change the way we think about the world if we don’t take a stand. Find out how you can stand up to the culture with what you listen to.
The teen market is the biggest market out there. What effects is it having on you? And do you even realize it?
Are you living YOUR life? Or the life you WISH you had?
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To be American is to be free. To be American is to have rights. To be American is to have the whole world at your feet. To be American is to have a right to…everything.
Unfortunately for teens today, growing up in a ridiculously wealthy American society that boasts of “the American dream” and “free rights” for all people has made us complacent and demanding. Because we have pretty much everything at our disposal—comfortable, warm clothes, a house, plenty of running water, a car, food, Internet, and TV—our standard living has steadily increased over the past hundred years. Our wealthiness has made us feel entitled to the privileges we enjoy today.
But the richness and wealth that overflows in America is only one of the reasons why teens have the “entitlement” mindset. Besides appreciating a high standard of living, teens are growing up believing that as an American, “I have the right to this, this, and that” and “I’m a citizen in a free country” and “I know my rights, the government and nobody else can tell me what to do.” Teens think that they have rights to everything because they are heavily influenced by the “free and American” culture.
While this outlook isn’t necessarily wrong when it comes to dealing with politics, it is wrong when it is applied to other areas of life. Unfortunately, this is exactly what teens are doing. All of a sudden, I am entitled to be treated well, I have the right to go on that trip, I have the freedom to do whatever I want once I’ve done this, made this much money, reached this age…the list of teens’ supposed “rights” goes on and on.
So how do teens adjust this selfish, “entitlement” worldview that has permeated our culture? One thing we can do is put things in perspective: we aren’t at the center of the universe, there are other people in this world too, and everything and everyone aren’t catering to our needs!
Kate Patrick is a 17-year-old from Cincinnati, OH. She loves to write and pour her heart out into piano, as well as go running and skiing, and exploring through the wild forests, rolling hills, and numerous farms of Ohio. Her dream is to become an accomplished writer and pianist while glorifying God in all that she does.
Friday, February 17, 2012
It would be a stretch to say I miss the whining, screaming, and nagging of young children on planes, grocery stores, and other public areas. However, nowadays, parents have a new “technique” of calming their children; this technique being technology.
Whether it’s an iPad or a Nintendo, children have found a new way of distracting themselves. This, of course, benefits the many parents who don’t know how to control their children. A stressed and tired parent rushing to finish shopping can simply pull out a gadget and miraculously, their child’s wailing is drowned by the sound of Talking Tom. So how did parents control their kids in the 1950s; you know, the era before technology?
Although I’m in no position to criticize today’s parents, I believe that spending five minutes calming their children in the frozen section at Ralph’s with words, will, in the long run, prevent their children from becoming slaves to Internet gaming. In other words, a few minutes of good ol’ parenting will save you parents the hundreds of dollars spent on laptops, Xboxes, or cell phones for the future.
Honestly, it’s annoying to be seated at a restaurant where all the children have their eyes glued to their cell phone screens. Where did dinner table conversations go? Have we become too sophisticated for small talk?
Some parents may argue that all this technology is good for their children. After all, who can upload a video to Youtube or type paragraphs on a cell phone keyboard faster than a 9-year old in 2012? However, these children aren’t just uploading videos on Youtube. They’re creating Facebook profiles and posting their pictures all over the place. They’re releasing their information to the cyber web and accepting friend requests from strangers across the world, all without any fear of their safety.
In short, children have become prodigies of technology.
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Sareen, 15, is from Los Angeles, California. She enjoys reading and writing and her favorite subject is English. In the future, she’d like to become a journalist.
Five thirty in the morning sounds like a bad time for a wedding, if you ask me. And I wouldn’t want a random hotel employee to walk me down the aisle, either. But that’s what Britney Spears chose for her wedding to Jason Alexander in 2004. She showed up to the chapel in baseball cap and torn blue jeans to get married on the spur of the moment. It’s no wonder the marriage to her childhood friend only lasted fifty-five hours. The legal papers for the annulment, drawn up within hours of the ceremony, explained that Ms. Spears “lacked understanding of her actions” and was “incapable of agreeing to the marriage.” Multiple sources agree that the couple was not intoxicated when they made the decision to marry.
Although this story is surprising, it is really just an extreme example of a phenomenon happens every day. In fact, it is this type of Hollywood divorce that plants the seeds for divorce at a local level. People hardly blink when they hear of the most recent coworker who is leaving their spouse. Perhaps this is due to the fact that we see it happen all the time in the checkout line magazines.
Dissolving a marriage because two people who are “incompatible” means breaking a personal and legal promise. When a man takes a woman for his wife, he promises to “Love, honor, comfort, and cherish her from this day forward, forsaking all others, keeping only unto her for as long as [they] both shall live.” Is it just me, or does that sound like marriage is for life? At its very foundation, casual divorce breaks the vow taken between two people.
This type of divorce is also inherently wrong because it hurts the people involved. According to AmericanValues.org, adults who divorce are usually no happier than they were before the divorce, and they are possible even worse off after legal bills are taken into account. Statistics are even worse for the children involved. Kids who have divorced parents are twice as likely to commit suicide, girls are seven times more likely to experience teen pregnancy, and all teens are more likely to abuse substances. Even though statistics are conclusive that divorce is harmful to kids, the media still endorses the practice. Why? Because it values individual liberty over personal responsibility. Divorce is seen as a convenient way to end an inconvenient marriage – even at the expense of the next generation.
Hopefully you shudder when you read accounts like Britney Spears’ fifty-five hour marriage. In our society, the beautiful institution of marriage – a man and woman promising their devotion to one another – is often viewed as a prolonged date. This cheapened view is harmful to families, children, and society itself. But together we can change this. In recent years, the divorce rate has been showing a small but steady decline. Maybe this is because the next generation is waking up to the damaging consequences of the practice.
Will you stand up to Hollywood’s devalued standard of marriage?
Aimee is a 17-year-old writer who lives in the Washington DC area. She enjoys working part-time at NASA as an Internal Communications intern, tutoring students in algebra and geometry, keeping up her blog (allfilledup.wordpress.com) and, of course, writing.
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