Saturday, July 23, 2011

Intensive reading 03 - Christopher (11)

A teenager’s main source of influence does not always have to be their parents. Many children have patient, loving parents who spend nearly all their waking hours taking care and fussing over their children. However, a considerably large group of children spend most of their time away from their parents . Some children might have parents who are too busy to even care about them. There are some teenagers who instead of being influenced their parents, model the people whom him or she spends the most time with. Finally, there is a group of teenagers whom prefer to model after their peers because of a variety of reasons.

Some parents spend most of their time away from their children. This is because some parents live in different countries from their children or they might be working from early morning to late at night. Some parents work hard from morning to night to earn some money to feed their family while other parents work too hard to buy better housing, better food, better vehicles, better sound systems, and brief, intense vacations from all that hard work. There are even some parents who have all the money they need but they simply do not know how to interact with their children thus, they try to keep away from their children.

Nowadays, teenagers spend more time in school with friends every week than with their parents. Peers influence our life, even if we don't realize it, just by spending time with us. we learn from them, and they learn from us. It's only human nature to listen to and learn from other people in our age group. Making decisions on one’s own is hard enough, but when other people get involved and try to pressure us, one way or another it can be even harder. People who are of similar age, like classmates, will try to influence how we act and this is called peer pressure.

Some teenagers prefer to follow their peers as they believe that their peers understand them better than their parents. This is caused because of a large generation gap. Our parents came from the time when the human mind thinks faster than computers. During that time, our parents do not have smartphones, tablets or fast computers. When our parents were the same age as us, they only had computers which took so long to start up that they could make themselves a cup of coffee and start drinking it even before the computer reached the desktop. As such, our generation and their generation has many differences thus, our parents do think differently from us.

People whom we spend most of our time with influences us mostly thus, we cannot say that a teenager’s main source of influence always have to be their parents.

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