The main trend of today's teens is their ability to receive immediate satisfaction through email, texting, Facebook and other forms of cyberspace. Every teen has a cell phone and knows how to text. The other difference is they are enabled by their parents so they truly do not understand what consequences are when they get in trouble in school, with the law, and their peers. I have two sons in their twenties. I have seen them get involved with these trends and now they are moving away from that world and looking at their futures and learning how to make positive choices. It was not always easy but as a parent and a teacher consistency is always best.
Kids born after 1990 have never been without the internet and cell phones and iPod-type devices. The digital communications of our day makes the new generations different from us old-timers. For better or for worse, they will be different. There are also physical trends, like obesity and increase in sedentary lifestyles. With our population now over 7 billion, youth today will be competing with more other people than we had to face in our generation, and for much more limited global resources.
i think teens in all time were basicly the same. just in different centeries.Now days we think of teens as out of control but if you think about it in teen years their almost adults and are trying to get some freedom.
Great question! There are so many ways to answer it. I'm an educational psychologist and consultant, so i tend to think about things from an educational and child development perspective, and A LOT has changed in the past few decades. I wrote a blog post about it, but it's too much to copy and paste here, so here's the link:
entitlement, failure to learn from failure and delayed and prolonged adolescence with parents entirely too involved in their lives. Early sexualization, experimentation and the drug culture without any guilt
Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics
1) Tattoos is one trendy thing I think most will regret.
2) The lack of ability to communicate person-to-person.
3) The lack of ability to have mature relationships and date.
4) The lack of penmanship and ability to communicate effectively through writing using proper spelling and vocabulary skills.
5) The lack of responsibility and freedom through their own jobs, cars and actions.
The list could go on and it actually bores me; however, this may not necessarily be a "trend" as much as it is a choice of lifestyle. I know many young people who take responsibility for themselves and actions, who have a job and provide themselves with transportation. Would never have a tattoo or dress shabby. They go places and meet others in person face-to-face and date and develop mature relationships with friends and the opposite sex. They use their manners and write effectively. So the trend that we may be seeing with the youth may just be the result of the generation before them being so selfish with their own lives that they forgot to "raise" their young and therefore it just leads to bad habits that appear to be trendy based on popularity or common place.