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Everyone has once been young. But everybody hasn't gone through this
difficult period in life the same way. Which possibilities and living conditions
have teenagers nowadays?
Some people think that you leave childhood when you become a teenager, and
that you are still young up in your twenties. I don't think there are exact
limits that tell you whether you are young or old. According to christian
tradition one is considered adult after the confirmation, but I wouldn't call
fifteen year-olds adults. At that age, they're still not ready to handle the
consequences of their own actions. When you are eighteen, you are considered an
independent individual, and have all juridical rights, such as driving a car and
the right to vote. You are also bound to serve in the military. Nevertheless,
one can't buy spirits before the age of twenty-one is achieved.
Now, more than ever, fashion seem to dominate the youth's everyday. Perhaps
the reason is that they feel insecure and think that the "right" clothes will
give them a feeling of being accepted by the group. This phenomen has a negative
side. What if a pupil can't afford to buy these clothes? Will he or she be
excluded from the gang? Some schools in various countries have tried to solve
this problem. They have introduced a rule that allows pupils to go at school
only if they are dressed in a specific school-uniform. But many students don't
like these uniforms. They want to decide for themselves how to dress.
During the last years it has become more usual for parents to divorce. Some
people think that this conflict may have a positiv effect on kids, because the
children get a bigger family to hold on to. Others think the opposite. But it is
obvious that parental separation can harm or ruin many childhoods. I don't think
it is healthy for the kids if they feel dragged between their mother and father,
and perhaps it is even worse if the child is allowed to choose which parent to
live with. In Norway, children above twelve years have the possibility to make
their own choice.
When youngsters today seek entertainment, he or she has a tendecy to drop
down in front of a television set. This is not very constructive, because it
leads to passivity. In the past, kids used to tell stories to each other and
play games, both inside the house and out in the streets. I think that was a
more developing way of entertainment. One can already see the results of the
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Young people are getting more violent as the movies
today contain a lot of violence. There are exceptions, though. Many teenagers
are members of athletic assosiations, and this is a solid counterweight against
bad television influence.
Another and perhaps just as frightening problem in the big cities is that
drug abuse among youngsters appears more and more frequently, and that several
young lifes are ruined because of this. Increasing juvenile crime may be a
result. The authorities have difficulties finding the solution to these problems.
The abuse of drugs or alcohol may start harmlessly with a beer or two at an
early age, often because of insecurity or because of a negative gang mentalitity.
Young people want to show off and in this way perhaps feel more secure and
But being young is also positive. At this age, you haven't got the
responsibility you get when you get older. That is why we like to enjoy
ourselves while we can, because later in life we might never have the chance!
When we are just born to this world, we already have to face getting old day by day. Some older people are usually jealous that younger people are more beautiful, healthier, and willing to take risks because they have nothing to lose than them. Meanwhile, the younger people desire the older people’s experience and financial resources. Actually, we should enjoy all moments in our lives because they all have both positive and negative aspects. For example, being a young adult has not only advantages, but also disadvantages.
The first advantage of being a young adult is that they usually have a good health. I was very surprised when I saw my manager came back from the CVS with a big bag of medicines and vitamins. He has gotten most of common diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol, aching joints. Moreover, he has to use a lot of vitamins and supplements like Fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin D, vitamin A, vitamin C, Calcium, and maybe some more that I cannot remember. While I do not need to use or even know any of those, he told me that “I cannot live without these.” Thus, I am always appreciated that I am still young and have a good health.
The second advantage of being a young adult is an ability of using technology easily. I could not believe that there was anybody who had no idea about computer and Internet nowadays. However, the reality was that I had to teach my aunt how to use computer to send emails, and show my manager how to copy and paste on Ipad. Likewise, one day when I asked my boyfriend’s parents to use their Wi-Fi to access Internet through my IPhone, they were determined not to give me their Internet access code with a very ridiculous reason. They are afraid that I can see all information in their laptop. How can I see the information in their laptop while I do not even touch it? I realized that their knowledge about technology is in confusion, and even they have very little basic computer awareness.
Even though being a young adult have a...