The life of a teenager in modern Britain is not easy. There are many different problems young people are forced to deal with in this day and age. The problems of a teenager range from pressures of school exams and completion of tedious work, up to the rapidly increasing problem of drug abuse. The pressures of exams and schoolwork are a noticeably smaller problem for teenagers in comparison to drug abuse or committing a violent street crime. Never the less it is still a problem that makes many people’s lives an unpleasant and traumatic time. The pressure that teenagers are under is due to the climax of school attendance the final G.C.S.E examination which can be either a declaration of a pupil’s intelligence and will lead to university placements and an exciting career, or a crippling blow that ends a person’s dream of a certain job prospect or placement in further education.
Either way, the pressure is the same. The most drastic source of teenage problems originates from drug abuse. Due to the common use of drugs and the availability of a vast array of mind-altering substances an increasingly social problem is arising. The problems caused by the use of drugs include street crime which is becoming ever more violent in a desperate attempt to evade capture due to the high-tech protection systems of homes and shops. Another common outlet that addicts feed their habit with is car theft. The most commonly used people to carry out jobs such as violent killings and car crimes a part of a gang that is dependent on drug use. The problems of teenagers are widely publicized in the media and often over-exaggerate things and often overlooked as well as things being overlooked. The media has a very important role in a teenager’s life, it tells people what is acceptable with regards to fashion and Forces boundaries to be forged within society such as people who skate and listen to heavy metal and the people that listen to trance music and take drugs.
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The teenage years are also a time where many people feel they must rebel against society through dressing a certain way and acting against a typical stereotype which is in its self a contradictory term when a lot of people rebel and seek individuality by doing the same thing as the previous generations and no doubt the future generations will too feel a need to rebel against their stereotypical role in society. The teenage years are not all bad though the only reason teenagers have a negative reputation for drugs and alcohol abuse and the like is that the people who commit crime are the only ones paying attention to by the media. A Person’s teen years are about discovery and freedom with the only real responsibility being school work and the need to find out what they want to do with their lives. Whatever the attitude of teenage years good or bad they are only lived through once and when they have gone they will only ever be looked back on with envois memories. A time where people can enjoy their lives before being thrust into the very difficult and serious world of war and politics and being dependant on working for a living and becoming an adult.