How the Times Have Changed for Young Adults and Teens

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Leonard Duncan
26 April 2011
How The Times Have Changed For Young Adults and Teens
For young adults and teens in today’s society finding out who they are is now one of their biggest challenges. The information from these essays “The Thing About Thongs” by Claudia Wallis, “What’s Changed?” By Jane Hammerslough, “The Man behind Abercrombie & Fitch” By Benoit Denizet-Lewis, and “Urban Warfare” By Hillary Chura has given the back bone information. The way that younger generations are finding out who they are is one of the hardest phases for them to go thought. Children today feel like they have to do what their friends pressure them to do so they won’t be an outcast. Today, if some people believe that they have to live and be part of a group, they need to juggle how those people live and think. Chura believes that indivisibles have to experience a lifestyle to know it; “if you don’t live the lifestyle, you don’t know, and it becomes very, very apparent very quickly” (339). Today, there are so many different kinds of lifestyles that make up many different groups of people. With kids turning into teens, there is a time of peer pressure. Kids feel like they have to try what they are pressured into doing. In the pre-teen and young teen years is when kids are pressured the most: “peer pressure is at its most intense between fifth and eighth grade” (Wallis 325). With all the peer pressure, kids today now feel like they have to go the way the crowd is going, so they won’t be an outcast. At the beginning of middle school is when kids start finding out who they are, and their friends pressure them into acting with the group. With all the pressure of other peers telling them what they need to do, for example join a group or getting left behind, this can be hard on kids. Teens always want to be in with the crowd and will go in and out of phases just to try to fit in. Young adults and teens are now the focus of today’s media which makes companies have to find ways...
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