June 22, 2001    





What do you think of the teenagers today?

they're brats!

Melodi, 19
, OH   USA

They seem ok. Less naive, and more in touch perhaps than fifteen years ago. More connected - to other kids round the world - to technology - to - the possibilities the world has to offer. Thats just a general idea, though - "the teenagers"is way too broad a category for me.

no-itsme, 29

I think teenages today are just like teenagers of 20 years ago, and probably 120 years ago: moody, awkward and pimply.

Laura, 36

We are awesome!! Very mature, we like to have fun and we DO have fun, no matter what.

Mandi, 16
Lake City
, MN   USA

I don't.

age unknown, parts unknown

This question is rather vague. People are people no matter what age, and they're all very different. In general, I love teenagers...and I really respect the crap they have to contend with in our society. Most of the "bad eggs" out there are simply misled or have no guidance. I strongly feel that 98% of today's "not so great" teens (by legal standards) will grow and mature into productive and clear-thinking adults. Teens are teens for pete's sake....let them enjoy spreading their wings a little. If that means piercing their bodies and wearing unusual clothes, so be it. Hell, I was there....it

Fisch, 45
, CT   USA

They're mostly annoying. But if you don't treat them like adults they're probably not going to act like adults, either. You gotta give people a chance regardless of age.

Karen, 21

Damn! 'Em are hot kids…

A-Dog, 18

Considering I am one I don't exactly think it's fair for me to answer this question.

Dianne, 16
Ontario  CANADA

I think they are fine, I think every generation of teenagers will get bagged, when I was a teenager it was drugs, now it murders. No one realises they we are no longer children and we grow up fast whether we like it or not.

Allie Cat

Teenagers today--like teenagers of all other times--are people in transition. I'm fond of the phrase "salad days" to describe those people who are still green in judgement..

Jill, 60

little hoochies! of course, that is what I thought when I was one myself, but that is beside the point I suppose....

Maggie, 20
, IL   USA

I should have said "pretty damn WELL"

Angela, 16
Bella Vista

Like teenagers at any other time in the last century or so, their fads and behavior are sometimes incomprehensible to adults, but most of them will in adulthood turn out to be pretty decent people.

Jane, 60
West Linn
, OR   USA

You ask this as if it were actually possible to group all teenagers together in one large conglomerate. We're all so different. But, to put it simply, there are good and there are bad and there are those like myself who are somewhere in between.

Jennifer, 19

Being a teenager, I don't want to say a whole lot of negative stuff. I have to tell you, I feel like there are a lot of really positive things going on with teens these days. There will always be those who get in trouble and whatnot, but as a whole, I think that there's not too much to worry about. Because of new advances in education and technology, teens today are better informed about world issues and honestly, a lot of us have to face things before we are ready for them. Given all those points-I think teens of today

Maggie, 20

I trhink teenagers of this era are much more on top of things and know tons more than when I was a teen. I meet so many of them who are taking on far greater responsibilities than I ever did. Then again, they still lack perspective and are terribly self absorbe. As most teens of all ages are.

Felicia, 35
, MA   USA

Which ones?

Alias Irrelevante

Well, considering I was a teenager only a few years ago, I think they have changed drastically since teens of my day. They are more violent, sexual and lack of dicipline. Of course this isn't for all teens as many have goals and are wonderful people but the negative teens do weigh them down.

Stephanie, 25

Hopefully the whole retro thing is over.

Jami, 27
, MA   USA

I'm not much out of the teenage years myself, but I guess they seem more disturbed.. more troubled.. more messed up

Talia, 23
, CT   USA

Like most 'adults' who grew up in other eras, I think teenagers today are very hard-to-understand. But if you look into it, you'll see that people have felt that way since very early times. I guess those years are just a transition period between childhood and adulthood and I'll have to admit, I'm glad I don't have to live with what teenagers do today.

Reba, 51
, MD   USA

This question is really too broad for me to answer. What do I think about what teenagers? Where?

etoile, 20

I'm still a teenager, technically, and I think that my generation has gotten a bad rap. I'm really afraid we're going to be remembered as the violent generation, and I don't really think that this is fair--I think that teenagers today aren't quite as responsible and mature as teenagers have been in the past, but I don't think that means that we are entirely worthless--maybe we're just an entire generation of late bloomers.

Johanna, 18

They're all so good looking.

Eric, 19
Beverly Hills

I think we're a pretty nice and cool group of kids!

Karen2, 15
, MA   USA

I think we're more informed than teenagers from fifty years ago. I also think that most of today's teenagers aren't disciplined as well and have more freedom, which of course carries its pro's and con's.

Shanna, 16
Cardiff  ENGLAND

They're okay. Don't worry about them, they're just trying to figure it all out.

Jaden, 21
Brampton, Ontario  CANADA

I am in the process of raising two teenage boys right now. I must confess that at times they are trying but overall they are great kids. They have some good insights and are a lot of fun to be around. There are challenges all the time (mostly life issues, questions of responsibility (translate - doing their chores), honesty (no you can not take items from the mall without paying for them even if no one sees you), morality (just because everyone else is staying out all night does not mean you can too).  But I figure it's my job to raise them as responsible adults. This way they get out of my house and their father and I can have our lives back

Janet, 42
E. Brunswick

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