“The ‘teenager’ seems to have replaced the Communist as the appropriate target for public controversy and foreboding. Adolescence is transitional stage occurring during the period from puberty to adult. This quote is meant to mean that teenager seem to have more of show off and lots of bragging than following the provisions of the community or society. They tend to follow what adults do and like being associated with adults. First, this quote shows truth in it because at this stage most of the teenagers lack respect of the teachings of the society rather they want to the society to listen to them. At this stage of life it becomes hard for someone to argue with a teenager since their point would always be correct. Many teenagers closely associated themselves with the adults through their friends who treat them as their equal age mates. It is during this time when they get exposed to life issue thus able to fit in and get along with their colleagues if at all they have a job. Sometimes, many adults extend their gratitude to these teenagers but with evil minds whereby they end up messing the teenagers simply because they have no control of their lives. Many adults are usually concerned with their teenagers’ movements and in most cases get irritated by their behaviors as they interact with people above their age. For instance, you will find a teenager girl chatting through a social media for instance Facebook with an adult man. It is within this context that the parents fear for their teenagers. The worry comes since the parents believe that teenagers are unable to make sound decisions (Friedenberg, 1962).
On the other hand, I do not fully agree with this quote this is because adolescence comes to people at their teenage and during this time there is a lot of confusion among the teens. It is the hardest part of life for everyone the teenager, his or her friends and the parents. This is because the things one does directly affects the parents and friends. Many teenagers configure what life is as they become confused as why something’s are taking place in their body. For instance, boys at that age seem to question the rapid change in voice and girls wonder why there is change in their chest. This is to say that this generally is the time one needs to focus on being perfect and avoid any awkwardness in order to ensure that he or she fits in the society. In addition, this is the time when one learns the most important lessons of life. This may inform how to one controls her morals so as to match with ethical provisions of the society (Friedenberg, 1965). Many of the teens need to be recognized by the society around them failure to which a conflict develops. Teenagers want to look like any other adult for instance it’s during this time when a teenager boy will want to look for her counter a girlfriend simply to ensure that he behaves like the other adults who have wives. This is the stage whereby if the teenagers are not controlled then they may end up messing with everything. Therefore, this stage needs the adults to guide the teens very well in order to grow round as responsible people who respect the good morals required by the society. In conclusion, adolescence is part of life which really troubles many people and without guidance many of them end up distracting their lives. There is conflict of interest between the teenagers and their parents simply because the teenagers want to do whatever they wish to but their parents are against this. This so because parents have enough believe that their children cannot make sound decisions. Therefore, it is a challenge to parents as they need to guide and counsel their teenagers without any conflict (Lewis, 2007).
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