Teenage Wasteland

21st Century Kids

I wish I had a good definition of mature, but I think it’s not always the same. The internet and social media has totally changed what it means to be a kid. When you have access to everything in the world, you see how other kids your age are acting. If they’re acting much older then does that mean you aren’t normal? Instead of going out and playing, kids are online trying to decide what their new profile picture should be. The reason that the kids in the ’90s weren’t dressing the same way we dress today and acting the way we do today is because they didn’t feel pressured by the internet to do certain things.

The other day I was in Abercrombie to get a pair of shorts. I pulled up a pair of 12s and they were seriously so small and so short they probably wouldn’t have fit my 7-year-old sister. If I want to actually wear cute clothes then I know its really rare for them to be age appropriate. My favorite stores are starting to only sell tops that are more low-cut and really short shorts. I really don’t want to be the girl that wears inappropriate outfits but I feel like to fit in with the girls in my class, I have to act a certain way and wear certain clothes.

It really annoys me when kids try to act “mature” by using adult words. When someone says something like “OMG, what a retard”. Its not like they chose to be that way. Kids throw out words like “retarded”, “gay”, “fag”, etc. and they have no idea how offensive these words actually are. And being gay doesn’t even matter, so why is it a joke? Also, It will never make you cool to tell someone “F*** you” or “Go kill yourself”. I think its truly disgusting how tweens/teens are committing suicide because of cyber bullying. Yes, there have always been bullies, but bullies these days are extreme. It makes me feel so sad inside thinking that someone could die today because they were bullied because of their size, shape, color, sexual orientation, appearance or just anything.

I’m sure everyone will look back at their childhood when they are adults and think about all the stupid things they said/did and regret them. I’m just hoping kids in 20 years aren’t doing the same things that kids are doing today. Because that’s just weird.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/lizzie.baca Lizzie Bača

    I’m so glad that when I was younger twelve-year-olds weren’t dressing like baby prostitutes. You go, kid!

  • http://www.facebook.com/careycole.capek Carey-Cole Capek

    If I ever have a girl I hope she is like you. I can’t believe parents let their kids walk around like prosti-tots and talk the way they do. Preach it, sista!

  • http://www.facebook.com/miakochka Mia Kochka

    You are such a brilliant girl, and so aware that it’s incredible to me. This is such a poignant and wondrous article!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001050782554 Tiffany Villalpando

    Kids these days are crazy- it’s good to see someone so young stay so true to themselves. Get it, girl!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=751541935 Samantha Slavin

    Wise beyond your years, kid. Keep our head on straight and you’ll rule the world one day.

  • http://www.stilljennifer.com Jennifer Still

    I absolutely loved this, Mikaela! So glad you have such a good head on your shoulders at your age – it’s wonderful to see and this was a wonderful article.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=527458431 Elizabeth McDonald

    I’m 20 now and I still feel the same way! I want the cute dresses my mum bought for me as a kid, and all we have nowadays are super-mini dresses and 10 inch heels :\ When did the world get so cheap?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=718980783 Deedee Urgel

    brilliant brilliant post Mikaela!!! This is so true, kids today are so much different.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=532934909 Emmy Akers

    great article! this picture disgusts me so much, I can’t stop staring at it…ew.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=48609241 Emily Ann Jenks

    Loved your article! It is so wonderful to see a level-headed, intelligent young lady in the world. I am glad you think for yourself! You’re awesome :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001995952321 Ana Marie

    You are an AMAZING 12 year old!! You are SO right!! Good for you! Its funny when wearing age appropriate clothes, and playing outside makes a kid a “rebel”! Things got so bad in my old school, particularly with pot smoking, even at a YOUNG age, that some of the kids started rebelling by NOT smoking pot. That really says something about our society. Everyone thinks that you need to grow up fast. And that being a grown up means smoking, drinking, wearing skanky clothes, and being interested in sex…It is SO SO sad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000571260183 Melissa McMinn

    Right on, sister! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/CaptainSaraBazinga Sara Bazinga Vine

    When I have kids I hope they’re like you! Inspirational with a strong mind! Keep it up girl! :) x

  • http://www.facebook.com/Jakalicious Jaklin C

    Awesomely said! You should be very proud of yourself! You are a very smart, confident, beautiful, inspirational girl! Wish there were more like you out there, then young people wouldn’t be having so many problems!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1027576865 Frollein Schultheis

    you are so smart!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sara.hughey Sara Hughey

    Thank you! I’m still working hard to make sure my three little girls act and dress like.. well, 3 LITTLE girls. So far, so good. I don’t think it’s simply the internet though, it’s local peer-pressure, too. And all the media, even the stuff that should be safe (Disney Channel & Nickelodeon) encourage not only bad, inappropriate fashion, but attitudes as well.

    Clearly, your parents are doing a great job raising a great young lady! Wish more parents would!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=560295292 Linda Moore

    Great article! You have a terrific future ahead of you, if you keep using that fantastic mind. I agree completely with what you are saying. It’s sad that 12 year olds feel like they have to act like 20 year olds. Personally I hate the word (if you can even call it a word) “tween”. It was a word invented by advertising execs to define the demographic they were trying to hook. 12 year olds are children! They shouldn’t have to be more than that.
    Thanks again for this great article!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1656401692 Claude Supertramp

    I’m so impressed by what you’ve written. You are only 12 but so capable of seeing clearly what’s going on among your contemporaries…Hope some of them are reading your article because I’m sure it would help!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472347136 Stephanie Mendez

    Thank you for saying this better than I ever could! I’m from 1990 and when I see tweens/teens/kids and the way they act….I want to shout to the skies “WHYYYYY!” So Amen sister!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=593604476 Paul Allen

    That picture is going to give me nightmares.

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