THE PROBLEM OF DRUGS
There are so many problems that teenagers have to deal with today. Drugs, alcohol, peer pressure, and violence
among them. It is hard to decide which one is harder for teenagers to deal with. Many of the problems have to deal with emotional
needs as well. The percentage of divorced parents is increasing, which causes teenagers to want to rebel. It is upsetting
to see what teenagers will do to make themselves feel complete and better about their lives.
Most of the problems end up with teenagers being depressed and that depression leads to drug use a lot of
the time. It doesn't always lead to drug use, but it does enough that it is a serious problem. Drugs, as we all know, are
terrible things for you. They destroy your body and put you on your deathbed much sooner than you would like. When people
are under the influence o drugs, they do things they wouldn't normally do, which is not safe at all.
Teenagers are used to getting in trouble. They enjoy testing the limits and being perilous, but sometimes
they take it way too far. I'm sure there are many people who try drugs and decide not to use them again, but many can't give
them up. Many are pressured into using them and a lot actually become addicted.
Peer pressure has been getting worse over the years. It is difficult to imagine how horrible it is
going to become in the future. Teenagers think they have to do things just because their friends say they do. They don't realize
that drugs can be very harmful to them, so they take them anyway.
It is almost as if teenagers plug their ears in health class to escape learning how to stay healthy. Teachers
tell students about drugs every year, but a lot of the time it doesn't get through to them. They still assume that nothing
bad is going to happen to them if they take drugs. Either that or they assume that they are such good people, who would never
think of doing anything like that, then they end up doing it.
Teenagers who take drugs are not only putting themselves in danger, but others, too. They are putting others
at risk every time they get in their cars under the influence of drugs and drive off. Think about how horrible you would feel
if you had just taken drugs, were driving in your car, and killed an innocent family. It isn't one of the best feelings in
Drugs are just a way to kill yourself faster. They only cause harm, unless they are prescribed by a doctor.
Even then, if they are used inappropriately, they can still be very harmful. The number of overdoses per year have also been
increasing. People are asking the doctors for medicine, then taking way too much because they think it will help them solve
their problem or problems. Some do it on accident, but quite a few do it on purpose.
Drugs are also promoted on television.There are so many shows and movies where there are people taking drugs
like it is perfectly normal.
That leaves a lasting impression on the minds of teenagers and others. Teenagers might see their favorite
actors or actresses using drugs in movies and assume that is fine for them, too. Many don't understand the influence people
in the entertainment industry have on younger minds.
So, as you can see, teenagers using drugs is becoming more and more of a problem every day. If things continue
like they are now, pretty soon, everyone may be using drugs. Think about how that will affect you, your future, your friends'
futures, and your families' futures. Sounds inconceivable, right? Well, it may not be as inconceivable as you think.
AGAINST THEIR WILL
"Come on, you can do it. No one will know." Many teens are being pressured by their peers into doing things
that are indeed against their will, something they wouldn't do at any other time. Deciding what to do is hard though, but
deciding what to do when you have your friends egging you on is even harder.
In difficult situations, many teens can be pressured so much they actually do the stuff their friends are
doing, resulting in dire consequences. Jail time would be one of these. At the turn of the century, drugs and alcohol have
been on the rise among minors. Most of these young teens are pressured by friends who think it's "cool" or "okay."
No one really knows why minors think they have to be cool or look cool in front of others just to fit in
with the "cool group," "the in-crowd," or just the people who usually dominate the school population, the jocks and preps.
Back 30 years or so, around the year 1974, people and/or "children" the age of 18 or 23 didn't even know
the words cigarettes, marijuana, or beer, unless their parents were the ones in the home who were associated with these substances.
The reasons are today still unknown why the turn of the century caused so many of these children to put their lives on the
line with alcohol and drugs.
Drugs and alcohol are not the only problems among teens today, but gangs and bullying play a big role in
the lives of teens, also. Most teens join gangs to feel accepted among a group of people, in which these groups are not always
the honor roll model students. Teens who join are sometimes told they have to do acts or stunts to join the gang, a test for
Bullying is an important aspect of teenagers' lives, especially if they are the ones being bullied. People
get bullied basically because they are younger, smarter, specially impaired or are sometimes of different color. Sometimes,
when one joins a gang, the other members will urge them to prove themselves worthy by bullying or beating up one younger than
In conclusion, if one person's friends are telling him to do something and this one person tries so hard
to fit in and does not succeed at any time, chances are he will do almost anything for his 15 minutes of fame in the eyes
of the more fortunate popular kids. When one gets these 15 minutes of fame, he feels what the other popular kids feel, they
wish to bask in the glory of getting noticed and they want to continuously get noticed, but to get noticed they must resort
to doing all of these stunts that their friends tell them to do. When teens do what these so-called "friends" tell them to
do, they get into trouble and end up in very serious situations. A lot of teenagers face a problems, but this is definitely
one major problem.
PROBLEMS WITH PEER PRESSURE
The greatest problem facing teens today is peer pressure. Most teens are self-conscious on how they look
and act. They are only self-conscious because of peer pressure. There is nobody who likes to be different and stand out from
the crowd. Being different isn't a bad thing, but many people seem to think it is. Being different just means you have a special
quality that nobody else has.
Peer pressure has been a problem for a long time. There hasn't been one generation of people that hasn't
had peer pressure. If some people weren't different, life would be boring. Peer pressure often keeps you away from your family
because the peer pressure of being cool makes you spend more time with friends than family.
Not everything is bad about peer pressure. It keeps you participating in activities, socializing, and playing
in sports. Peer pressure can keep you busy so that you don't get involved in bad things such as drugs or gangs. Peer pressure
also keeps adults busy.
When kids become teens, they become distant with their parents. Teens do this because other people their
age think that talking or hanging out with parents is uncool. Sometimes it is the peer pressure. The distance between parents
and their children is also caused because of family problems, such as economic difficulties or divorces. When these happen,
the teens usually depends more on peers for emotional support rather than their own parents. The problems between teens and
their parents is also caused by the arguments parents and their kids have. At their age, teens cuss a lot and to be cool,
they say it to their parents. Usually, the distance is due to the teen, but sometimes it is the parents' fault. The parents
ignore their kid so the teenager becomes involved in gangs and other groups like that.
There are people who are aware of all the peer pressure going around. Those people form groups to cope with
peer pressure. One way they say is good to cope with peer pressure is to join some kind of group to keep your mind off the
pressure and your problems. Those having to deal with peer pressure could also make good peer relationships. They could also
encourage parents and teachers to help teenagers make and maintain positive peer relationships. The teenager could get a part-time
job to have money for the stuff they want, that way their parents wouldn't have anything to say. The job could also help them
relax. Many parents don't understand what teenagers go through. They were once teenagers also, but sometimes they forget.
The parent could attend programs for families with teenagers. If they did attend those groups, the parents would be better
informed about how much peer pressure teens have and how big the expectations are that teenagers face in peer relationships.
In conclusion, friends are a very large part of a teenager's life. Usually, they replace family as the center
of the teen's social life and who they hang out with in their spare time. Most of the time, parents don't understand what
a teenager is going through because they forget what it is like to have to cope with all of these problems. They should try
FOLLOWING THE CROWD
Many teens today do not think for themselves. They just do whatever people, mainly their friends, tell them
to do or think. Teens just go with what everyone else is doing. They go with the flow.
If you have never met a person, but someone who has met them tells you about them, and they tell you they
don't like that person, you probably won't have a very good impression of that person, whom you haven't even met. You would
just assume that person is mean because your friend told you so.
In school, most students just believe whatever their teachers tell them, without questioning the teacher
or finding the proof of what they say. There are some students who do think for themselves and do not believe everything that
anybody says, but that does not happen very often. Teens are very impressionable.
When you are hanging out with your friends and they are doing something, don't you want to do what they're
doing, too? Whether it be to go to the mall, the movies, or in some cases, smoke or do drugs. This is a problem facing many
teens. They want to fit in with their friends no matter what. They don't think about what is best for them. They think that
they're cool if they're just like their friends in every aspect.
If you were at a party with "popular" people and they were doing drugs and other things that you know aren't
right, would you still go along with them so you can be considered "popular?" This is how many kids end up in jail or in hospitals.
Kids get hooked on things they know are wrong because their friends tell them it will be o.k. and not to
worry. I mean, who's going to know? You will know and the guilt of what you have done will tear at you and eventually you
won't be able to live with yourself.
Many teens develop their opinions of the government by what their parents or friends say. If their friends
act like anarchists, then teens will eventually develop that attitude. If the teen's parent is for the Republican Party, then
the teen will grow up with the same attitude as their parents. The same thing goes for a teen whose parents are for the Democratic
Party or whatever party they may be for.
Kids today have no respect for their elders. I have heard many people say to one another, "What's the matter
with kids today?" Parents have become less strict in how they teach or punish their kids. Kids in get more trouble than they
used to because they don't think for themselves. Teens act before they think. Whatever they want to do, they do, without thinking
about the consequences of what might happen.
The overall message that I am trying to get across is that kids and teens need to think for themselves,
realizing the consquences or what they do. I would like to leave you with these words, so let them soak in, think for yourself.
There are a lot more problems facing teenagers than most people realize. Teenagers face stress caused by
facing bullies, trying to fit in with everyone, which can lead to major peer pressure, making the right friends, and not mention
keeping their grades up. But different people have different problems. For some people, one thing might be a bigger problem
than it is for another.
A problem that's always a big problem for every teenager is having a young relationship. People get together
as a couple, date for a while, do everything together, then one person dumps the other. Someone always gets hurt.
As a person enters high school, the relationships are still a little young, but they are a lot more serious.
The older you are, the more you try to find that special someone who you can spend the rest of your life with.You need someone
to lean on, and someone to give everything you can to. Some people get too involved in the relationships and get really hurt
when they end.
When people get too involved in relationships, some get cheated on, or go too far. This sometimes results
in a child. Most teenage mothers and fathers aren't ready for parenthood. This sometimes results in abortions, or in other
cases, the parents will put the child up for adoption. This is usually better for the child if the teenagers aren't ready
to be parents. When the teenage parents try to raise the child, some can't handle the stress, or their parents won't help
them with the baby, so they have to drop out of high school because they can't juggle school, a job, and spending time with
their child. These parents won't have a chance for a good, steady job, which will mean that they will have an even harder
time taking care of the child.
There are other people who take advantage of having a relationship. If people get into a relationship and
then get a chance for another one, instead of picking between the two, they choose both. They end up cheating on both people.
When someone finds out that they are being cheated on, they get hurt very badly. Some feel used, or tossed to the side, like
everything they gave that person meant nothing, even if it did mean something.
In conclusion, the greatest problem facing teenagers today is having a young relationship. Even though teenagers
face stress with grades, fitting in, making the right decisions, and just finding themselves and who they really are, having
a young relationship can get pretty tricky. People get cheated on, really hurt, or taken advantage of. Others just take things
Having a young relationship is always fun, but it can also get complicated. No matter how hard you try,
someone always gets hurt. So be careful how close you get to someone, and be careful what you tell them. Always be aware that
what you feel might not be what you think. Don't leap into anything too fast. Just have fun, but always be aware. And as Mick
Jagger said in Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul, "It's all right letting yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back."