We asked: "What teen stereotype would you like to debunk?"
Even though there were a variety of responses, there was one common theme: They want to be taken seriously.
Many of the issues involving teenagers seem to get blown up because of social media. Dumb mistakes are now instantly shared worldwide on Twitter and Instagram, reinforcing the thought that today's teens are ignorant, irresponsible, and immature. Sure, some definitely fall into this category, but many feel it's unfair to judge them for this, considering this kind of extreme access into people's lives wasn't available before.
Another component of this was the perceived notion of their dependence on technology, as one teenager points out: "A lot of people think that we have taken the internet and social media as replacements for people" — when, in reality, technology helps them keep in touch with not only their friends, but their family, as well. *cough* Facebook *cough*
As a final note, here is a stereotype one teenager would like to debunk:
"That we hate adults and that we don't want to talk to you!"