Teenagers

The teenager is a creature far different from that of any other. These strange beings are classified into the species of the homo sapiens ranging from thirteen to eighteen years of age. Through the years, it seems that a teenager has grown more to be a separate class in itself rather than a certain time period in life. Although teenagers are really almost a separate subspecies of the human race, none of them are really quite the same. The teenager may be divided into three separate categories ranging from the radical, moderate, and conservative. The "radical" teenager may be best described as one going to all extremes to try and prove something that nobody else can really understand. Punks, stoners, newwavers, skaters, surfers, and other similar people fall into this category. The "moderate" sub-species of the teenager may best be described as the classic teenager, or really a teenager who epitomizes most of the qualities of a "normal" teenager. This category comprises the widest range of people and could definitely be sub-divided within itself. This particular category of teenager is slightly vague as it can range from teenagers such as "jocks" to "brains". The last of these categories, the "conservative" teenager describes the class of teenagers who follow the rules and teachings of the adult world without a complaint or rejection. One will most likely find a "conservative" teen in the front of the classroom trying to get as close to the teacher's desk as possible. One will find that this person is usually quite timid and quiet the majority of the time.

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The description of any of these abstract creatures is quite difficult because of the vast difference in each one's features. These beings may range from 3 feet in height up to around 7 feet. They can be either tall, fat, thin, short, ugly, attractive, intelligent, slow, fast, responsible, irresponsable or a variety of several more features humanly possible. The "radical" and "moderate" teenagers are usually quite unpredictable and can usually never be trusted. The vast majority of teenagers begin to actually think and reason for the first time in their life and begin to have contrasting beliefs from what they have been taught by their elders for 13 to 18 years. Before hitting the teenage years, most every person accepted just about everything taught by their parents as they had no reason not to believe in their parents, and also knew no better. As these teens begin to think, they find logic in new and different beliefs and find many old beliefs obsolete. Teens could be a major advantage to the human race if it were not for their tragic flaw in which they think that they have had so much experience in life that they are ready to handle it all and take on the world with their "vast knowledge of life". Although teens are far from perfect, they are still not treated to the best of the older generation's ability. The average teenager is "abused" by their elders. Teens are forced to do miscellaneous odd jobs not respectable to the

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human race. One may find a teenager doing such degradable chores ranging from taking out the garbage, doing the dishes, to sacking groceries at the local grocery store. Although for the most part teenagers are mistreated, being a teenager has its definite advantages. For in being a teenager, not much is mentally expected of you, for the elder generation has accepted the fact of the difference between them and the teen. As the elder generation was also forced to go through this demanding time in life, they realize how "difficult" it is, thus a teenager can practically get away with "murder". As the teenager can never fully be described because of their wide variety of qualities both mentally and physically, many people struggle to find out exactly why teenagers act as they do. As one may see, the differences of the teenager are quite obvious and contrasting to that of any other period in life.

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Teenagers Brad Goodson Mrs. Kelley Period 2 3/9/87 English II