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Teen Stereotyping and its effects

Teenage is of course a complicated phase of life. The person urges to free himself from all kinds of bondage and lead an exotic life with independent resolutions. They don’t like to be watched over or decided upon and usually get into a lot of trouble.  They love to experiment with the way they look to the extent of bringing significant change to their body. They tend to think that being a teenager guarantees innovation and experimentation. What must be real driving force behind all these? It’s nothing but STEREOTYPING.

Why stereotyping is unfair

Stereotyping a bunch of people can bring forth great changes in the way society perceives them.  When people come across frequent stereotypical images or ideas, they gradually start to prefer it than go searching for the real thing. So in another way, the fake representation of something replaces the real thing. The depiction of youth or teens is very strange and sensational now a days. They are negatively being stereotyped.

Yes it’s true. It is normal for a teenager to be a freedom lover. But if they feel that they are being expelled from things that take their interests, they could naturally turn rebellious. That doesn’t mean that they are emotionally unstable or out of control. If they occasionally display outbursts of anger, it doesn’t generally mean that they scorn others. They are simply behaving in the natural way. We all do.

Where stereotyping leads us to

The cases of teen troubles are increasing each year. But they cannot be exclusively blamed for all the fuss they cause. In majority of the issues, they are obviously ‘provoked’, directly or indirectly. When the concepts like ‘teen trouble, aggressive teen, teens’ drug abuse’ are commonly used all over, adolescents consider that they ‘should be so’ to become noteworthy. These are indirect negative messages that can greatly influence what they feel about themselves. The role of media in casting a stereotype cannot be omitted. The multihued stories of youth offense and crime have by a long way encouraged the portrayal of teenagers as abnormal beings with deviated behavior.

Adolescents have a different ping in movies. They picturized as shopping and fashion freaks with no connection to reality. They don’t value relationships and have no consideration for their parents whatsoever. They are corrupted, selfish and disobedient. They live in a different world full of trouble. And every time a very wise and incredible adult comes to their rescue. As a result, parents get predisposed with their teens. They take every move seriously and make sure to check even the faintest trace of defiance.

It’s true that teenage is characterized by frequent mood swings and abrupt behavior due to hormonal variations. Yet it is the same for every teen in the world. They are more intelligent and skilled than we think they are. They are simply in a phase of transition; not deformation. Hooking them up with stereotypes is absolutely unjust. If you wish them to be different, you need view them differently.

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  1. Stereotyping is “simply” a fear reaction. The little self comes across something unknown, something it cannot categorize and control and that makes the ego afraid. So the best solution it finds is to create a “definition”, a label for this living thing that it doesn’t know and cannot control, and now that it has a label it imagines that it knows what it is and so can act upon it.