Travaux d’élèves : L’image de l’adolescent

Découvrez deux article de presse écrits par les Premières SI sur « Le nouvel adolescent ». Ils ont crée un sondage de 20 questions en anglais pour une classe de première par rapport aux stéréotypes de l’image de l’adolescent.

Professeur: Annemarie Bordron

  THE MYTH BEHIND THE NEW TEENAGERS   Through time, the youth has evolved. But one thing remains the same : the adult’s point of view on teenagers. A myth has raised on today’s new teens : more than any other generation, essentially because of new technology, the new teenagers have been the target of clichés and hate.  In the Lycée Bossuet, in Meaux, France, the 1ères S Vertes and 1eres L Marine have gathered to create a survey based on this theme. Composed of 20 multiple choices questions, it makes an over-all and truthful portrait of the new teenagers. Maybe by reading this article, you will recognize yourself, or change your own opinion? One of the main ideas when adults think of new teenagers is their addiction to new technology. On the one hand, it is true, today, technological devices are everywhere in our lives. But on the other hand, when the general opinion thinks they spend all of their time on social networks or on their phones in general, the reality is different : in fact, one of the survey’s questions was about how much time today’s teenagers spend on their smartphones The majority of the class interrogated answered that they actually spend one to three hours on their phones, which is very reasonable. Same thing for social networks : most of the class uses one to three of them, which is totally normal too.

                This cliché of the new teenager wasting their life on new technology makes it seem like they never go out. But in response to this, the survey reveals the fact that they actually often go out with their friends. No one ever answered that they never spend any time out.  Their lifestyle is thus very different from what adults say, including their behavior in front of authority figures. Adults may think teenagers are now more rebellious than in the past generations, but actually, the survey indicates that the majority of those teenagers respect the law at least most of the time, if they are not a true democratic citizen, and it is the same with their parent’s authority. Even if teenagers respect their parents, their ability to talk to them almost always depends on the subject. This whole portrayal is very popular among almost all of the population, but do the new teenagers agree with it? Most of them do, but only to certain parts of those clichés. In fact, they do think their generation read less than the previous ones, and they also agree to the fact that teenagers have changed significantly since the 70s, even if some things seem wrong from their  point of view. For instance, they think they are useful to society, in opposition to what some older people would think, even though they admit to being a very influenced generation. To sum up, they do consider themselves as new teenagers, but they do not agree with everything that is said about them : all of them think there is a true difference between real life and their media portrayal.

                In conclusion, the myth behind these new teenagers can be considered as false. They seem much more aware than the media want to acknowledge. They are able to admit some sad facts, like for the time spent reading, but can also argue with how their lifestyle is portrayed in adult’s eyes. Times have changed, but it is not as bad as everybody thinks it is.   And you, do you agree? Do you consider yourself as a new teenager?

Juliette Chivé, 1L marine


                Let me ask you a very fair question: “What is a teenager for you?”

Maybe the first thought that comes to your head is: “well, it’s a person who isn’t a child but who’s not an adult either.” Good. Now, what would you answer if someone asked you: “Can you describe the new teenager?” That’s more than a challenge, right? Too many things that are too hard to describe are suddenly coming to your mind and you’re thinking: “I would really like someone to write an article about that right now!” Well, my friend, today is your lucky day. So, come on this journey with me to discover what really the what-is-called new teenager is.

An old term: “new”

If there is a new something, there must be an old something. Speaking about teenagers, they’re very often compared to the ones of the previous generation. Elderly people have always said: “When I was younger, people weren’t so [insert something depreciative]!”, and they always will! (I think grown-ups actually forget too fast their youth, but that’s not the point). However, you can admit that even with the big changes between the generations, teenagers have always been somewhat the same, no matter the decade they lived in.

“Get off that phone!”

As mentioned before, big transformations have happened for the last fifty years. One of the most important being technology, and more specifically social networks and video games. I bet that you all heard at least once in your life: “You’re always on your phone!” from a family member that didn’t grow up with technology. Yes, teenagers spend a lot of time on their phone (a recent survey said that 60% of them spend between 3-6 hours on theirs while 40% spend between 3-6 hours). So, of course the “new” teenager is associated with technology, but that’s because we grew up with a computer in one hand and a video game controller in the other!

“It’s true, I saw it on the internet!”

What do you see on the media when you look up “teenager”? A part-child, part-adult lying on the couch, doing nothing apart for being on social media and watching TV. Is that really how older people see us? That’s quite an exaggeration. Our portrayal is often stereotyped with things that are 90% of the time false (even if it’s sometimes funny, I agree).

In conclusion, being a teenager seems like the worst thing ever, because, in the eyes of other people, we’re pretty useless. The reality is completely different. That is understandable that everyone thinks teenagers and technology are synonyms, but to a certain point! The most important is not how we are described, but mainly what do people do with that portrayal.

Calista VARIN-ROGER, 1L marine