They are neither Kids nor Adults, They are Teenagers.
I think being a teenager is not about your age it’s about your thinking and attitude. I have seen few teenagers guys are very serious about their career and future also I have seen many adults doing stupid things and act irresponsible, asking bribe and all. Our Indian society mocks the teenagers for not being responsible, sensible, and career oriented. But I think it’s not correct. This behaviour of teenagers is natural. It’s the part of the physical, psychological and sociological change they are going through. They love to experiment with things, adopt the new things quickly. That curiosity takes over their minds. We are not stereotyping teenagers rather we are showcasing what is actually happening around in Indian teenagers lifestyle. So what are those things which are mostly over-rated amongst Indian teenagers? Let’s see.
Today’s Indian teenagers are highly obsessed with brands. This obsession mostly comes from their friends. Buying expensive things has become a cool thing and they do it to keep up with friends and to just flaunt it.
“My friend bought iPhone 7, I should buy it too”,
“CCD is too cheap, let’s go to StarBucks”
“Hey did you saw that sexy top in Forever 21”
“Yaar… I am tired of clicking pictures from this phone, I need a DSLR”
Using slang especially from English has become a cool thing now for Indian teenagers. I have seen girls calling “Bi**h” to each other on Facebook. The Super excessive use of “F**k” word. Using AF in almost every status update “Bored AF”, “Sleepy AF” which is the abbreviation of “As F**k”. S*it, Bull*shit, A**hole, the list goes on.
Not only Indian teenagers but even famous humor based websites also use words like “something AF“, then why to call names to teenagers only. Even media does same. Isn’t it?
This is becoming a thing now. They write long posts about Mothers Day, Fathers Day and post them on social media but in reality don’t even wish their parents the same (even guys above 25 do same, stop hypocrisy guys). Updating status about humanity, philosophy, literature and what’s not usually they are just forwarded messages. Tweet about #PrayforParis but ignores flood in India. Changing Facebook profile picture with colored filters without knowing what it means.
Being in a relationship is something to flaunt around for Indian teenagers these days. If you are not dating someone, then you are not cool. Having a boyfriend or girlfriends has become a status measure. The Instagram has become the place to post photos with your GF/BF, which you cannot do on Facebook.(Parents and relatives 😛 )It also comes with posting emotional stuff about love, life, trust and what not. Posting suicidal updates after the fights with GF/BF, “Luv Suckzz”, “Lyf Suckzz”
“But first, let me take a selfie” Taking selfies has taken the Indian as well as the youth around the world by storm. Taking selfies has become a must thing. Even when it puts the life in danger by clicking selfies near mountain cliffs, waterfalls, and even wild animals. This fad is not restricted to teenagers now even grown up people are doing it. And these selfies come with POUTS ! I wish I could show you some of such pout selfies, but I am not doing it. See, I am a teenager and I am respecting elders. OMG!!
Well, Grammar Nazi is the word for people who correct grammar and spelling mistakes of others on social media. Helping people is a good thing but doing this for the sake of making them look miserable on social media is another thing.
Love For Western Music Bands
It’s good to have a global choice for the music but I have seen many guys boasting that they listen only western music and Indian Music is crap. This affection towards western music is real thing is urban Indian teenagers. Many of you must have heard the recent news of Coldplay India Tour and how it made people crazy.
Following Western Trends
Many Indian teenagers follow westerns trends without knowing the meaning or reason behind them. From ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, No shave November, Don’t Judge Challenge, Dabbing, Watch me whip Watch Me Nae Nae, Harlem Shake to the latest PPAP “I have a pen, I have an apple” song. There’s no harm in doing so but some trends have got them into trouble such as Extreme Selfie Challenge.
“Dude, Tere Paas Hardwell Concert Passes Hai Kya?”
“Bro, Tu Nucleya Aa Raha Hai Kya?”
“Yaar… Tomorrowland Jana Hai Yaar…”
EDM was introduced in India a few years back and it has successfully captured a vast amount of Indian youth’s attention. Nowadays teenage guys want to attend EDM concerts which have very expensive entry passes. I know following music is a good thing but doing it just to show off in your friend circle is not good.
India is the second largest country where 12% population is English speaking, so naturally English sitcoms have become the part of Indian Teenager’s life. Although there are few people who watch it on TV when it is broadcasted while most of them download the whole season from somewhere (Yes, They are pirates and they don’t even realise it). You’ll feel left out if you are the only one who doesn’t watch Game of Thrones. I have seen many guys indulging themselves in a serious discussion about certain TV series. And using some catchphrases from them on social media is also a thing.
Smoking and Drinking
Well, this is a serious issue. Indian teenagers are opting alcohol consumption and smoking lately. Posting the picture on Instagram or Snapchat while smoking Hookah is becoming a cool thing amongst the teenagers.
There many more things that Indian teenagers are busy doing, these are few of them. We are not judging them at all. Teenage is a phase, everyone goes through this, even parents. Everyone do stupid things in these years only way of doing is changed. Rather than mocking teenagers, we should understand them and let them enjoy their life. That doesn’t mean should let them loose free to do bad stuff (drugs and all)
We’ll leave it up to you to decide what is wrong and what is right.