I Believe Teens Know More Than Adults Think We Do

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    My mom just doesn't want to listen to me.

    I know I'm right but ever since daddy died she acts like nothing I say matters. Am I the only one with their sanity still intact?
    curiousaboutlove1 curiousaboutlove1
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Mar 15, 2016

    I surprised my da. He taught me basic skills

    in dismantling book bindings, washing pages and sewing the signatures back together but he always sent them out for binding. As an autistic boy I obsess about things and I couldn't stop thinking about it. Da found me in the middle of a project of restoring a prize of his...
    deleted deleted
    4 Responses Sep 11, 2014

    As you may or may not know,

    I've had selective mutism since I was about 4 years old. And over these past ten years, I've been through a lot- in fact, my entire life's events have revolved around this. Anyway, I've run into so many people, with a huge diversity of background, culture, religion, and most...
    Disgraceful Disgraceful
    16-17, T
    Oct 29, 2015

    So there's me. I'm 16.

    I'm young and I'm impressionable. I've had my heart broken more times then I care to remember. But just because of my age am I unintelligent? Yes I may be naive and inexperienced. But I haven't been scarred significantly. I can still think without real prejudice like some...
    Hatter4 Hatter4
    18-21, F
    Jul 31, 2014

    I'm a teen, so basically whatever I say may not

    be accurate or rational for an adult. But think about it a little, we're the ones who get to learn so many staff in our puberty. We may not know as many staff as adult know, but we learn and it's FRESH. And here's my point. We, teenagers, learn staff, process them and make...
    hellohowlow hellohowlow
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 26, 2014

    My parents have given me a lot of advice over

    the years. But I have my own knowledge of the world. That it's a dark and horrible world. I wanna use my knowledge to change the world. God knows how I do that without causing a commotion!! xoxoxo
    LinawalkstheRedpath LinawalkstheRedpath
    13-15, F
    1 Response Aug 15, 2015

    I think this is true

    for some people, not teenage girls that only use instagram and other social media, they can be a bit stupid xD
    QueenElsa QueenElsa
    16-17, M
    Sep 11, 2015

    I have more common SENSE

    than the average adult. FACT.
    LikeAPrayer LikeAPrayer
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Sep 12, 2014
    GaiaMD GaiaMD
    13-15, F
    Nov 3, 2015

    my dad didnt teach me much,

    about anything, not even puberty, my "TALK" was hi walked in handed me a magazine said "Have at it" and left, so i learned a LOT on my own so they should expect us to be smarter than the average 2 year old! send me a message if you agree
    jeremyleon2 jeremyleon2
    26-30, M
    Jan 7, 2015

    Officially, I'm 17. I feel 30.

    I value intelligence, creativity and being able to think for oneself. What's the point in following the trends? That just makes you one of everybody else. How dull. Isn't being unique so much more fun!?
    maiomeN maiomeN
    18-21, F
    Sep 11, 2014

    maturity and empathy its not about age

    or how much of an adult you are its about the experience you have had and what you have gone through because I can at least say that going through what I have so far, I am pretty sure half the adults out there are not as matured yet
    vividmemorieslost vividmemorieslost
    22-25, F
    1 Response Sep 27, 2014

    One thing I abhor more

    than anything, is when I'm sitting there, talking to my counsellor, and she gives me this look like 'oh my god she's crazy' and then talks to me in a patronising way, like I'm a four year old And don't know what I'm talking about? No. I'm a teenager, not a moron. I know how and...
    Azzyyy Azzyyy
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Jun 8, 2014

    it's true. so all the older men/women

    that are saying otherwise, can stop trying to but teens down and get off the computer
    xlovelybutterflyx xlovelybutterflyx
    22-25, F
    1 Response Sep 12, 2014

    adults have no idea what it's like to be a

    teenager in this generation
    trashspice trashspice
    18-21, F
    6 Responses Feb 22, 2015

    It's only natural. I was never smarter

    than I was in my teens. I could make passing grades without doing homework or assignments simply by acing the tests. As I've gotten older though, I've gotten progressively dumber in spite of continually educating myself. The paradox (you teens might want to look up that word) is...
    AlbertSAT AlbertSAT
    66-70, M
    Mar 9, 2016

    Generally coming from the fact that

    so many adults say "You're so smart/wise for your age." Or they at least day that until I disagree with them on something, then I'm just a stupid child. I'm an old soul and I know many things because I pay attention. I study people and I learn from them. I also had my own...
    InvaderGashloog InvaderGashloog
    70+, F
    3 Responses Sep 11, 2014

    I have gone through allot in my past years it

    wasn't all happy rainbows and unicorns I was really young going through this for years ever since 1st grade till know but it's better know some what better so please a 12 year old could know more then a 30 year old could.
    janerosetta janerosetta
    18-21, F
    1 Response Sep 15, 2014

    Adults equally remember being teens

    and feeling like they knew more than adults think they do. Apply logic people.
    GeorgiePeg GeorgiePeg
    18-21, F
    Feb 22, 2015

    Adults think that we teenagers have not seen

    the world yet so we don't know what's best but truthfully, most of us have experienced more than the adults. Teenagers nowadays are depressed and stressed but the adults don't realize that. When a teenager says 'I'm stressed', majority of adults say 'What do you have to be...
    ShineWithTheStars ShineWithTheStars
    13-15, F
    Oct 26, 2015

    Contrary to popular belief,

    there are some teenagers that want to get a good education and stay out of trouble. Yet when I tell my dad I want to move out he thinks I just want to get a boyfriend and be a little rebel. Lol no, I want to get a job and be a successful human being.
    CyborgNinjaz CyborgNinjaz
    16-17, F
    Sep 29, 2015

    Here's a great example - adults on EP trying to

    "correct" teens, using terrible grammar and mechanics. And whatever they're trying to "correct" is usually a simple matter of belief. And then there's parents. They try to raise you to believe what they believe. To think like they do. Maybe the reason that teens rebel so much...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Jan 11, 2016

    They always have. Adults like to think their

    kids are innocent as babies. We need to realize that they are learning things we don't teach them and the schools don't teach them. The teach each other. If we, as parents, would show our teens that we are aware of the things that teens face every day, and that we are prepared...
    Serenitree1 Serenitree1
    70+, F
    2 Responses Dec 28, 2015

    So this morning at breakfast I got into an

    argument with my dad cos I want to get a bitless bridle for my pony cos they’re kinder and not as painful. My dad said that bits don’t cause the horse any pain. Hello!!!!! How does he even know? Was he ever a horse? It’s a huge bit of metal in its mouth if course it would...
    deleted deleted
    8 Responses Feb 22, 2015

    I have been through so much,

    i have so much knowledge of the world. Its probably because my parents raised me on honesty, and anything i wanted to know about the world they would tell me , no sugar coating. Now im 15 and feel as if i have the mental mind set of like a 25 year old, its really wierd. xD its...
    craziijessy craziijessy
    18-21, F
    1 Response Sep 11, 2014

    Naked bottoms and leather couches don't mix

    well. Kinda upset we got a leather couch but at the same time excited because it's comfy.
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Dec 29, 2015

    Know what exactly? Do you really care what

    adults here think of you?! They have (I hope) a lot better to do. Seriously, I think we're wasting our time here with stupid debates and all
    AfricanGirl19 AfricanGirl19
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Feb 9, 2016

    Teena tend to question things

    when they were kids and tend to do research and act upon how they feel is best. Many can write a strong report and change even the teachers mind on something.
    londonbr1dge londonbr1dge
    18-21, F
    1 Response Feb 11, 2015

    It's very true ,like just on Ep alone I see

    this wonderful advice from teenagers helping others out with there problems and solving them ,and then just underneath there's a comment from an adult that would put u to shame .im not saying this is always the case but it does happen quite a bit
    Life8227 Life8227
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Jul 7, 2014

    Ive survived homework.

    ...I'm invincible
    DynamiteDanX DynamiteDanX
    16-17, M
    1 Response Dec 28, 2014

    anyone want to help me learn more

    that I should know? Just to chat? Or whatever?
    Punishmentsarefun Punishmentsarefun
    31-35, M
    May 12, 2015

    They think we only know

    so much but we know mire than they think we do lol...plz don't ask for examples
    livelovehopefree livelovehopefree
    16-17, F
    4 Responses Sep 13, 2014

    My mom is sending me to spend the weekend with

    my aunt. I know it's because she has a date and I am pretty sure that she wants to invite him to the house so they can have sex. Mom I'm not stupid. I learned about it in school. That's ok. My aunt is pretty cool. The last time I was there she let me have a glass of wine and I...
    curiousaboutlove1 curiousaboutlove1
    16-17, F
    1 Response Mar 18, 2016

    My parents don't know how to operate phones.

    .. Literally :/ Not that they're cavemen or anything, but they're always stuck :O
    AnnelieseChristine AnnelieseChristine
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Sep 13, 2015

    I've got more to add.

    I also hate the fact that schools say they're against bullying but when we report a bullying case to them they do nothing and say we need to proof for it to be official. It gets on my nerves all the time! And instead of talking to us about bullying and stuff, I believe schools...
    ShineWithTheStars ShineWithTheStars
    13-15, F
    2 Responses Oct 26, 2015

    Im tired of some adults thinking they know

    everything or more then teens and kids just because their older. Yeah some kids/teens aren't as mature and wise as some but age is just a number. You don't necessarily gotta be 20, 30, or 40 something to know a thing or two about life. Kids and teens can know a few things about...
    BlueMoonx BlueMoonx
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Jul 1, 2014

    I believe we do. Yeah,

    some of us might actually be stupid, but some of us are pretty damn smart, way smarter than adults and our "elders" give us credit for. People call us "smartasses" and "know-it-alls," but the truth is that we wouldn't have to be such smartassess if everyone else wasn't so...
    FabledTacoOfDoom FabledTacoOfDoom
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Nov 7, 2015

    Adults know lots of things.

    They are smart, but they take advantage of the power that they have. Not all adults do this, my parents don't. But sometimes, teens know better. We aren't all dumb you know. There are a lot of things I know that no one else knows that I know.
    SmartyGenius SmartyGenius
    13-15, F
    Apr 21, 2016

    adults think we're stupid

    and don't know anything
    hannahlilly13 hannahlilly13
    13-15, F
    3 Responses Jul 12, 2015

    I also think adults know more

    than we think they do.
    GeorgiePeg GeorgiePeg
    18-21, F
    1 Response Feb 22, 2015

    I believe teenagers understand more

    than adults believe we're capable of understanding. I also believe that most teenagers think they've learned everything that they'll need to know, and don't think there is anything else for them to learn. Unfortunately, many adults have that same mindset. Sometimes you think you...
    xKatlyn xKatlyn
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Jul 12, 2015

    Me and Bruno know we're not the smartest kids

    around but we aint stupid either, we know stuff but god the teachers treat the kids in school like we are a bunch of thickos.
    BrunoAndSammy BrunoAndSammy
    13-15, M
    3 Responses Jan 19, 2016

    A lot has changed since our parents have been

    teens. Don't get me wrong, my parents are very wise and I trust them, but I don't think they give this generation enough credit. They think we are lazy and uneducated, when in reality, we know as much as they decided to teach us and expose us to as we grew up. Now that we have...
    Megsupermario Megsupermario
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Jan 3, 2015

    Some teens, not all. But I do feel like us

    teens are given less credit because of the stereotypes about our age. I'm going to be sixteen this January. When my mom told one of her friends this, she said "What a bratty age! Good luck with that honey!" My mom was a offended and it made me feel pretty bad to hear this being...
    deleted deleted
    Dec 11, 2014

    This is one of the truest things ever.

    Lots of adults think we don't know things or pick up on things when really we do even if we don't talk about them. Teens don't get enough credit for what they understand.
    ellajade ellajade
    16-17, F
    1 Response Feb 21, 2015
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