Where Have All The Teenagers Gone Analysis

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While watching classic movies and hearing about my parents’ twentieth century upbringings, I often question why these classic teenage experiences are no longer apparent for many of my peers and me. In Elizabeth Wurtzel’s “Where Have All the Teenagers Gone?”, she makes it obvious that teenagers no longer exist in the form that they used to. It is said that everyone in the teenage years is either a mini-adult or of the worst extreme -- drug addicts and dropouts. With the media, our parents, and our schools flooding our minds with the unrealistic expectation that you have to earn straight A’s while being the captain of multiple varsity sports and curing cancer, just so that you can get into your “dream” college or university, it is understandable that we have gotten to this point. Although Wurtzler stereotypes the youth of the twentieth century, it is clear that our society has shaped the classic teenage angst into a generation of seemingly faultless young adults ready to be released into the world. In the article, a whole century of teenagers is boiled down to a single description and I do not think is an accurate way to depict them. In the nineteen fifties, which was when The Catcher in the…show more content…
Having to put so much effort into this, some students begin preparing as soon as ninth grade and they quickly fill up their schedules, not leaving subsequent time for social plans. I also concur with Wurtzel, as I believe that teenagers will always be a marketing concept. No matter what the rest of their life looks like, high school trends and brands will continue to prosper from teen’s gullible nature and follower personality. As a true twenty first century teenager, I do not believe that Wurtzel’s argument is faultless, but from experience I know that many of her points are valid, and her article shed a light on the issues that we do not normally
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