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How are teens today different from their parents' generation? How will they change the way we do things?

I have a draft of a book about how global youth will transform our future and would like to add your observations. I can also send chapters if you'd like to critique. Specific examples of concepts are helpful.

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    Mar 5 2013: Well, I'm a teen.

    To us, nothing is different, but what you, the adults, or more specifically the parents, show us is different. I haven't lived the life my parents, have, therefore its impossible for me to know entirely what is different, except when my parents tell me what wasn't like what when they were my age, etc.

    If I had to tell you honestly, we are reliant on social networking to communicate ideas. We use it much like you use this site, we interact socially and are also able to discuss schoolwork. I don't have to be with my group in person to have a valuable conversation, I can video call them. I don't need go over to my buddy's house and tell him about a great new band, I can post a link to it in our Facebook group.

    This may seem like a bad thing, why should I leave my chair when I can talk online? In this respect, it is. But the mindset of teens is changing. Sure, there are some fools, but there always will be. This generation, if you look closely, thirsts for change and is globally aware, for the most part. That is a very productive combination. We have unlimited access to knowledge, and can communicate our thoughts in unbiased areas through the anonymity of the internet.

    The objective of my answer is that I am not bound to my parents' opinions. I don't have to grow up sharing their beliefs. I can be whomever I want. Is that dangerous or wonderful? You tell me in the novel.
    • Mar 5 2013: Terrific to hear from a teen! Do you mind saying how old? I'll quote you in my book about how global youth will change our future, so I'd like to learn more about you and your friends' "thirsts for change." What specifically? What would you like to study in college? About what percent of young people you know are in fact globally aware and activist and what percent are apathetic or caught up in materialism? Thanks so much for speaking up for teens, gayle
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        Mar 5 2013: Wow, thanks! I'm 16 years old, by the way.

        I guess its important to tell you, again, that I wasn't alive during my parents generation, but here's an explanation on the change: we are more open to it. We live in a time when styles, fashion, technology- everything changes at such a fast pace. We are, as a result, accustomed to it. We are expectant of it. So, a literal thirst for change may have been exaggerated, its more of an openness to change that I don't see in my parents. We are curious about the benefits change may bring.

        As for my other points, we have unlimited access to knowledge which is huge- for the first time I can have different beliefs than my parents. I can be brought up right wing and yet have left wing beliefs by age 15 (just an example).

        As for my future, I plan to go into computer science. Its a field that has shown annual growth even in 2008 and I have already planned my high school courses (or the remainder of them) in order to get into the program I want.

        Tell me if I can be if more help.

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