American Teen

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Is There A Typical American Teenager? I loved high school. I really did. I loved the football games, the dances, the people (sometimes), the clubs, my teachers, my friends, the list goes on. I probably liked high school more than a teenager usually does (I wasn't as eager to leave at graduation time as everyone else seemed to be). Throughout high school, judging by myself and all of my dynamic peers, it never once occurred to me who was 'typical" and who was not. However even at nineteen, my perception of a "typical" American teenager is the same as it was when I was seventeen: angst-y, dramatic, gossipy, party-hungry, and sexual. So if I was still in high school and had the same image of a "typical" teen as I do now, yet no one around me really embodied it, why did I have that image? Stereotypes. It is because of stereotypes that adults, and yes, even teenagers believe that said traits are what the typical American teenager embodies. There are stereotypes that classify 'cliques' in high school, and imply that all schools have cliques, but the main stereotype of "typical" teens seems to be one that groups all teens together under a view similar to mine of a "typical" teenager. These stereotypes are perpetuated mainly through media: movies, books, songs, and even news. They paint a picture of a teen who is, in my opinion after my own experiences and especially after watching American Teen, not very accurate. Having been an American teen, and being around them for so many years, I never saw myself nor anyone I knew to embody the stereotype that is the "typical" American teen, as well as the teens in the documentary American Teen.

Teenagers, as corny as it sounds, are like snowflakes: no two are exactly the same, though they might seem similar. Each teenager deals with their own personal struggle, thus being said, they cannot be clumped under one umbrella if…...

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