Stereotypes of Teenagers

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Rebecca Falter
Mr. Simpler
Dual-Credit English
29 September 2012
Stereotypical Stereotypes
Stereotype: Ster·e·o·type, [ster-ee-uh-tahyp], noun, verb- a set of inaccurate, simplistic generalizations about a group that allows others to categorize them and treat them accordingly. Teenager: teen·ag·er, [teen-ey-jer], noun- a person between the ages of 13 and 19 inclusive. How could these two words, so opposite in meaning, make so much sense when put together? Being a teenager doesn’t just define your age, it classifies you into a pre-determined stereotype where people see you differently; you are no longer “that sweet Jenny girl who lives down the street”, you are now a reckless teenager who is clawing at a chance to rebel or throw a raging Project X worthy party. In our immature years ranging from around 12-18, teenagers are generally seen as being rowdy, irresponsible, and sneaky, and generally speaking, these assumptions are pretty accurate, based on how many times we’ve been grounded from our parents. However, not all adolescents fall into this classification of being “young, wild, and free”; I am the exact opposite of what someone my age is expected to be- I pride myself on being responsible, trustworthy, and just a better person all around. I try my hardest to stay out of the typical stereotype of a “teenager”, and I think I do a pretty good job at it.

One thought that is generally associated with the facade of teenagers are parties- everything about them. Throwing parties, attending parties, getting wasted at parties, getting caught at parties, or maybe even getting arrested at parties. Whenever a boy or girl at my school says something like “my parents are going out of town for a week on vacation”, nine out of ten times the responding question will be along the lines of “are you going to have a party?” or “nice, what address can I tell people to come to?”. So, adolescents like to have fun, but usually it’s to a dangerous extent. Even dating...
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