“Adolescent Behaviour Has Changed: Young People Are Not Like They Were in My Day!”

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Being an adolescent is the change between childhood and adulthood. Different Teenage cultures and experiences are mainly influenced on time and generation, this stage of life circles around “identity”; you develop your morals and find yourself. As technology, socialisation and surrounds change or advance so does the way teenagers interact and live. In comparison to the 1980’s “young people were not like they were in my day”, there are multiple variations although the main concepts like roles and status, gender and sexuality, power and authority and communication are still in practice in different perceptions. An interview was conducted with multiple parents whom grew up in the 1980’s thus the basis of the following report.

A status or role to an adolescent is a characteristic label in which they display in society. In the 1980’s the role/status of an adolescent was a privilege and duty whereas in the 2nd decade of the 21st century role/status is a trend and statement. For example in the 1980’s as a teenager living at home was disciplined to study, go to school and do chores at home as a priority. However in the 21st century an adolescent status or role is a stereotypical statement of independence and defiance of rules, going to parties, binge drinking, fashion and careless spending. Additionally in the 80’s teenagers were in “training stage” before they start their own family whereas in 2011 teenagers have no interest in settling down. Adolescence are vastly different today because their role and status is a trend and disobedience in spite of there parents role of disciplinary and responsibility.

Gender and sexuality is an uncontrolled status in which influences the identity and environment of an adolescence. In the 1980’s gender and sexuality were discriminated against and favoured although in the 21st century, civilisation is more understanding and empathetic. For example just the word “gay” in the 80’s was not tolerated, people who...
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