Why do teenagers get such a negative stereotypical view?

Why do some people have such stereotypical views of teenagers?

Yes I am 15, and a teenager, but that doesn't mean I'm going to automatically shoplift from your store, use illegal substances, or somehow break the law. I've had door security rummage through my bags, cashiers watch me while I browse, and staff asking me to turn out my pockets inside out. 

I work at a shop myself, so I know how important security is, I am kind and courteous to other people, I don't smoke, drink or do drugs, I hang around probably the nicest kids you'll find at my school, and I try to avoid abbreviations like 'LOL' as much as possible, yet that all means nothing, just because of my age. 

I will admit that there is a small minority of teenagers who do use illegal substances and get in trouble with the law, but this gets projected onto all teenagers via the media. 
And TV shows such as 'Skins and 'Misfits' just add to the negative stereotype.

Right, my venting is over, feel free to add any comments :)


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Couple of quotes for you to think about.

"What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents. They ignore the law. They riot in the streets inflamed with wild notions.
Their morals are decaying. What is to become of them?"

Plato, 4th century BC.



....or as the French say, "Plus ça change (plus c'est la même chose)"

The more things change, the more they stay the same.




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acidbass6 years ago
because we want to be our own person (normally) so we tend to act out (like I did by getting a mohawk, and a trench coat and a Bass guitar) and most older people do not like that because they tend to judge books by their covers because they are older and they think that they are more mature than you. Now some kids are oblivious to the fact that their parents do drugs or something like that until they are teens and then for the"cool factor" they want to do what their parents do. but just keep your nose clean, be productive, and learn to ignore comment like "teens (boys specifically) are so much trouble always causing trouble" it is and has helped me through my teen years.
Judging a book by it's cover or in this instance judging a teenager or anyone else is called "first impression". That's why it's important to make a good first impression with anyone you care to know the true you. If you don't make a good first impression on my then why would I waste the time to get to know the real you. Who looses more by you making a bad first impression?
touch`e mister RD
NachoMahma6 years ago
Everybody gets "such a negative stereotypical view" - young ppl, old ppl, Black ppl, Polish ppl, Aggies, Yankees, Rednecks, ppl with Asperger's, Liberals, White ppl, Gays, Baptists, ...  Welcome to The Real World.
.  Plus what steveastrouk said.
yokozuna6 years ago
Don't sweat it too much... before you know it 15 year olds will be calling you words like "mister" and "sir", much to your chagrin. Also, Robot is going to need to see your receipt for that pro subscription.
Kiteman6 years ago
All crime is committed by individuals between the ages of 12 and 19.

This fact is well-known to all consumers of tabloid "news" services.

Absolutely all of it! I know...
lemonie6 years ago

The negative aspects get more attention (generally).

E.g. if you went out somewhere bland and mediocre for half a day and for 10 min it really sucked, you'd remember that most strongly.

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ARJOON6 years ago
think of yourself when you were young and then now. and see how you changed and see yourself how mature u are now compared to how you were long ago. simply lack of experience in life i think. the more people grow in mind, wiser thinks is being developped