5 Common Misconceptions about today’s youth: Stereotypes about teens and young adults

5 Common Misconceptions about today’s youth: Stereotypes about teens and young adults

Youth Myths

High School Students Collaborating On Project On Campus

  1. They’re all tech-savvy

Today’s youth may have more technology at their disposal but it doesn’t mean they know how to effectively utilize every piece of technology. The assumption is that youth can work any electronic device. This is not true; no one is born with an automatic database of knowledge, it’s something we all learn with time; youth are no different.

  1. Youth are socially disengaged

Just because they’re on Facebook, and twitter and connected to the media doesn’t mean they aren’t aware of their society. If we all take time to ask youth about current events, we’ll find they know far more than they’re given credit for. Just because they don’t read the New York Times, doesn’t mean they’re not engaged.

  1. They’re not good communicators

Youth may communicate differently than adults, however, the ability to communicate effectively over text, email and social networks is still a skill!

  1. They’re Apathetic and Don’t Care About the Future

A misconception is that youth are not interested in politics. However, political agendas sometimes do not account for topics that youth are interested in. Youth stay connected to politics in various ways including social media, music and political satire.

  1. Don’t utilize opportunities given to them by society

Most youth are on the right path to a good and productive life. For the youth in danger, providing opportunities for them to serve their communities is a great way to engage them in positive and healthy behaviors.

Written by: Bidemi Oladiran, AmeriCorps VISTA 

Sources:

http://www.if.org.uk/archives/4974/new-research-reveals-societys-misconceptions-about-young-people

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2012/12/11/five-common-misconceptions-about-todays-students/2/

http://www.shenet.org/high/hsacaddept/English/ddayton/Documents/Media/Stereotypes/Teenage%20Stereotypes.htm

http://www.slideshare.net/Scotus0/teenage-stereotypes

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1269399/Parents-safety-fears-keeping-children-indoors.html

http://www.cjcj.org/uploads/cjcj/documents/Dispelling.pdf

http://newint.org/blog/editors/2009/05/05/young-people-politic/

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/kids-getting-shortchanged-by-easier-to-earn-diplomas/

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