•The meek kids from middle school shall inherit the earth. Or at least they’ll live healthier and more productive lives than their “cooler” peers once they enter adulthood.
•The study found that young teens who acted old for their age by sneaking into movies, forming early romantic relationships, shoplifting and basing friendships on appearance were seen by peers as popular. But as these “pseudomature” teens and their less adventurous counterparts matured, their behavior was no longer linked with popularity.
•Instead, they were thought to be less socially competent by their peers and had more problems with substance abuse, said Joseph Allen, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia and lead author on the study.
•”They are gaining the appearance of maturity, but they are not gaining actual maturity.”
•The study notes that “pseudomature” behavior was actually a better predictor of future substance abuse than drug and alcohol use in middle school.
•“There is this kind of quiet majority of adolescents out there that is much more functional at an older age.”
“‘Kids these days’”, every person who ever grew up said about the people younger than them who hadn’t grown up yet. Kids just don’t know how we had it. They don’t know what it’s like. They don’t know that the Internet was a confusing place that was mind numbingly slow and that it wasn’t everywhere. Seriously, teenagers today have no clue.
TheFineBros had teenagers—these aren’t babies!—watch a commercial about the Internet in the 1990s and their reactions are priceless. You’ll notice how stunned they are at the simple things like how big the computer was, laugh at how impatient they are at the video being too long and more. Kids these days, man.
I am pretty lenient about phone use in my class because we use phones for various things. (Most kids don’t have a separate calculator, we take pictures of things we do in lab, there are some apps that we use on projects, that kind of thing.) There is always the kid that sneaks in a text or two, but as long as it isn’t a distraction, I don’t worry too much.
Today was the first day in a long time I actually took phones away. I have no idea what all was included in the update, but you would have thought it was crack. They seriously could not keep away from it. I even had one girl crawl under the table with her phone.
At that point I took all the phones away and we had a little reminder chat about when it was appropriate to use your phone and when it was not. Also that it was rarely appropriate to hide under the table.
For quite awhile now, kids have had a real anxiety about being separated from their phones, but today it was near panic. I am hoping by tomorrow some of the novelty will have worn off and we can get back to business.