Teenagers In The Digital Age

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The life of an average teenager has changed dramatically over the last few decades. This historical alteration in adolescence causes a shocking reality that you wouldn’t be able to tell them apart from modern adolescence centuries ago. And this is no joke. Thirty years ago, you would see an average teenage boy competing in a fun game of basketball at the local court, enjoying nights out under the stars while camping in the woods with his best friends, and getting the bitter taste of defeat every time they make a move to the classroom beauty queen. Now, that whole idea wanders in the mind of adults as they reminisce of their childhood. Parents now look at their teenage son who is playing hours of Grand Theft Auto 5 before spending all night…show more content…
Firstly, the ideal of literature as well as historical understanding ultimately seems to elude the thoughts of adolescent minds. Our young adults are blissfully unaware of what life had been without their precious technology. Furthermore, it is a sad truth that our generation of teens are becoming more and more illiterate with each day. And finally, this dilemma of the digital media taking over the lives of teenagers can be due to the lack of suitable mentorship within the lives teenagers but rather unfit role model to look up to. Whether we like it or not, this is the reality of our children and will continue to be so unless we do something to cease the toxin that could very well poison the next generation to…show more content…
It is even more shocking when you take into account that this was a university level grade 11 English course and not an applied English course. The novel that we were to read in the course’s syllabus was Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. In chapter 22 in the narrative, you find out the source of the book’s title and an in depth look into the mindset of Holden, the main character in the story who is a confused teenager coping with the loss of his little brother Allie. In this scene, Holden reconciles with his little sister Phoebe, and when she asked what he wanted to do with his life, he gives her a response that allows us to fully comprehend life through the eyes of Holden Caulfield. He responds to her answer saying,“I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff—I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I’d do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all.”(Salinger- Catcher in the Rye, pg.

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