So, if you’re a teenager, you’re expected to be:
…by everyone. Except other teenagers.
I really hate this stereotype. It’s like this. If you’re walking down the street people will assume not to say hello because you are an intimidating adolescent. However, a cute little 11 year old is an adorable model citizen.
Maybe I’m being over-judgemental, but this topic really gets to me. An example that I have experienced is that an instructor at a martial arts club I go to assumes that every teenager who goes is lazy and not prepared to put in the effort. “You teenaged people don’t do this properly! Be more like the younger kids!” Ugh. At school this happens too, but I guess it’s not as bad there because everyone is that sort of age. Just because we’re older and perhaps more contained doesn’t make us what teenagers are made out to be! So I’m in my room- no, I’m not unsociable! I’m just tired!