we teens are disruptive but is it really our fault?
It is no lie that teenagers are depicted as rogue and rebellious. Movies and television shows are perfect examples of the latter, where the teen of the plot is usually a serious, sensitive, confused, and conflicting teenager who seeks isolation from the outside world through compulsive use of electronic devices, such as cellphones. While these types of stereotypes do indeed represent a good part of the teen population, one entity seems to be the main culprit for this teen behavior: THE TEENAGE BRAIN!
THE TEENAGE BRAIN
The frontal lobe, however, does not fully develop well until a person's mid-twenties. Teens must recur to their anterior lobe, therefore a teen's abilities to reason, plan, and make judgement are not as effective as that of adults
WHAT'S UP WITH OUR BRAINS?
According the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, teenagers mainly act on impulse, and are not allowed to get a good grasp of whatever situation they may be in. This also makes them prone to emotion confusion.
THOUGHT TOO MUCH?
Also, Susan Lang from the Cornell Chronicle stated in her article that teens sometimes tend to over-analyze. Teens may briefly evaluate the pros and cons of engaging in a certain action, whereas adults automatically discard a certain action the instant the risks are acknowledged. On the other hand, if teens analyze the situation and decide that the positives outweigh the negatives, then teens will definitely engage in risky behavior.
Synapses and connections in the brain, which allow for neurons to communicate with each other, are yet to develop in a teen's brain which consequently do not allow the brain to function at its full potential.
THE COMPLEX MIND OF A TEEN
"CHARACTERISTICS OF TEENS"
Recent studies have shown that intellectual processes which include reasoning, planning, and judgement originate from the frontal lobe
Adolescents’ tendency to over-analyze may result in the confusion of situations and emotions. Now, although the frontal lobe isn’t fully developed, that does not mean that it is not utilized. Adolescents can still use their frontal lobe for judgment, planning and reasoning, although they may not be as sharp and practical as an adult’s. For example, in an experiment conducted by Yurgulen-Todd and Killgore, they exposed images of faces of frightened individuals to a group of adults and a group of teenagers. Both groups were asked to identify the emotion of the individual in the image. While one hundred percent of adults stated the emotion as 'fear', the answers varied from fear to confusion, surprise, and so on when it came to the teenagers. Either the teenagers wanted to respond with a complex response, or their underdeveloped brains, more specifically their frontal lobes and anterior lobes, simply confused the expression of that of the individual in the image.
Juan Lazo 2B