Negative Effects on Teenagers in the Fast Food Industry

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Negative effects on teenagers in the fast food industry

Competition within the fast food industry is a difficult challenge which can take a toll on the youngest employees: teenagers. The very nature of the industry can sometimes harm teenagers in the process of producing profits. Inexpensive labor is considered essential for competing in the industry, but some of the young teenagers may become victims of exploitation. Some companies target the young and poor demographic and can guide them to become career low wage earners. Eric Schlosser from Fast Food Nations would exemplify such association, “Harrison is where you will find an abundance of fast food workers.” The young teenage employees can experience negative effects such as negligence of their studies, their aversion to work, and followed by their exposal of crimes that can impede the teenagers’ future. Teenagers are at an age when they like to be mentally stimulated. They are more than capable of picking up things quickly such as taking an order with proper etiquette and professionalism. It’s also a past time activity which comes with financial benefits. Daren Devine shows a similar agreement from his study, “he found 90% of parents think working in restaurants like McDonald’s is good for their children.” Daren Devine’s study summarizes Professor Furnham’s promotion of how teenagers benefit from this experience. But, it’s only a summary of 475 people without any race specification. It could’ve been a selection of the most successful U.S. natives instead of including ones that are poor immigrants. Similarly, a lot of low-income racial minorities in the United States hold a major part of the employment numbers in the fast food industry. Likewise, there are studies of when some parents’ dependence is onto their teenagers to provide living expenses. It may be because those parents may be immigrants from another country whose living standards are much lower than that of United States, and they may need some financial help. With working part-time at a fast food restaurant, it won’t do much supporting for the family but for themselves. So, should the teenager work longer to ensure the financial stability of his or her family? Teenagers are completely able to take orders in fast food restaurants and can work efficiently better than some adults do. On the other hand, it can lead to the failure in studies due to the timing and the stress. The full time work put in for family issues may be prioritized over their studies. The fast food industry should be able to recognize this since they have the power. To better ensure a bright future, teenagers and their parents should prioritize at least graduating from high school. But, it’s not always the case. It is a fact that when teenagers prioritize working more than twenty hours in a fast food restaurant, it lowers their chances of a successful, financial future. It is possible, but the financial benefit during teenage years does not safeguard a successful future. Also, families are sometimes susceptible to have a poor mentality when from a low-income area. Their finances are sometimes bound to be disposable income that are depreciated in value such as cars, brand named clothes, and etc. Those depreciating objects are many times valued by teenagers as they join into the shortcoming of consumerism. Teenagers don’t always know what’s best for them and their primary focus should be on mental stimulation from school. The low wages at a fast food restaurant can merely support a family and is considered to be below the poverty level as working part-time. It’s difficult for students to solely support themselves and is obviously presumed to be supported by their guardian(s) until the legal age of eighteen. Working at a fast food restaurant should be, and usually, is considered as a temporary job for teenagers. Daren Devine’s study, “part-time job is good for your teenager’s growing-up” reveals Professor Furnham’s predisposition to...
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