Adolescence can be a time of making irrational, impulsive decisions. It can be a time of living in the now, without consideration for the consequences that may follow. As a result, it is a time in which many teens try drugs and alcohol for the first-time. The average age of substance use initiation is between 13 and 14 years old, in seventh and eighth grade, before one even enters high school.
What happens between a teenager's headphones? Today's kids aren't listening to the bands you liked at their age -- you already know that. Young people tend to use music as a way of defining and sharing their sense of self, identity, or "personal brand. So why is music important to teens? It turns out that there is a connection between how the brain develops during adolescence and how young people hear music. Overrun by emotions and a prefrontal cortex demanding instant gratification, many young people seek advice from peers instead of parents when faced with difficult decisions. They aren't doing this to make you mad; they're searching for their identity.
Why Teens Need Their Music, Part I: 4 Secrets for Parents, Backed By Research
Too often when writing about what teenagers like, we neglect to talk to the most important group of all: teens. So we decided to put together a State of the Union on the American teenager. To learn what American teenagers in really like, and what they don't, we polled about 60 of them from across the US. We spoke with teens ages 13 to 19, in middle school, high school, and college. We asked them about their digital lives and habits, the apps they use and the games they play, pop culture, and politics.
On the one hand, adolescence is a time of self-exploration. Following are 10 of the most common:. Saying no can also have painful consequences, ranging from being laughed at or mildly teased, to being humiliated, rejected, and even bullied. Adolescents often want to be treated like adults. Sadly, one bad incident can quickly shatter it and remind them just how young and vulnerable they still are.