Lesson learned: teenaged boys don’t spend all day looking at girls on Facebook. Unless they think they’re cute. Then, maybe a little peek at their profile pictures. And maybe a few other shots. Maybe.
Things have changed a lot in the 15 years since I was teenager. Back in my day, we didn’t have this social media business. I could write something about what it’s like to be a 14-year-old girl one day, and then do the same thing the next day with a boy and reasonably expect not to get caught.
Anyway. Today, we ask Joshua what it’s like to be a 16-year-old boy in 2010. And if the whole thing seems a little familiar, you’re probably thinking about something else.
So, what’s it like?
All and all it is pretty sweet being a teenage boy in 2010 because of all the things you can do. Yet there is also a lot of pressure too. Some cool things would be starting to get the freedom to make your own decisions; it allows you to feel more comfortable and responsible with yourself and your judgement. Being a teenage boy in 2010 also comes with a lot of pressure like drugs, alcohol, smoking and doing well in school, though I think this is the same with both boys and girls).
What have adults forgotten about being a teenager?
The fact that most teenagers don’t enjoy doing chores, school work and would rather be doing something that they like to do, whether it be chill with friends, just jam and listen to music, play Xbox or anything else that is fun. Another thing I think adults have forgotten about being a teenager is that it gets annoying when a parent is nagging you or constantly on your ass about grades, homework, chores etc.
What’s the main way you speak with your friends?
I usually just call my friends up, talk to them at school or online, either on Xbox or the computer. Most of my friends use their cell phones to text each other, but I don’t have one so texting isn’t really an option.
What do you spend your days thinking and talking about?
I mainly spend my days thinking about what I am going to do on the upcoming weekend because it gives me something to look forward too during the long boring weeks of school. I usually talk to my friends about things like upcoming plans and parties, video games and music. I try to avoid thinking about what other people think of me because it will just bring you down and stress you out and there is already too much of that being a teenager with your family always nagging you about your grades and things that they want you to do better.
Do you and your friends spend all day looking at photos of girls you like on Facebook?
No not at all, of course if a girl that I liked or found good looking was to post a new profile picture or create a new album, then yeah, I would probably check it out and perhaps a couple of other photos.
What about adults creeping your profile, do you ever get in trouble?
Yeah having adults being able to look at your profile definitely makes you think before you post something. There are lots of things that I would like to post on Facebook but can’t because of the risk of getting in trouble. I have gotten in trouble a couple of times because of the language I used when posting things on Facebook.