6 Dumb Things Adults Still Think About Teenagers

Not to be all “how do you do, fellow kids” here, but if you’re a teenager, and you are alive in the world, you’re probably aware that the adults that surround you–teachers, parents, whatever–have some mistaken beliefs about you and your life. You know, like, assuming that you can’t get anything done because you’re always on your phone. Or that you have no real motivation to do anything because you’d rather, like, be on Snapchat or something. You’re also probably a mute, and don’t know how to spell anything other than “LOL” and “LMAO” because you only communicate by texting.


Sound familiar? I wouldn’t really blame you if you stopped listening at this point because, basically, it’s just a lot of hand-wringing and false moralizing that doesn’t do anyone any good–mostly because it isn’t even true. ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses recently did a survey of Millennials and members of Generation Z (AKA teenagers and slightly overgrown teenagers) to put some of these myths to rest. Because ACUVUE helps both groups see clearly every day physically, they wanted to see how they see the world mentally too–from their social circles to social media and career goals and political views.

Need some stats to make the adults in your life chill out a little bit? Check out the dumb things adult still think about teenagers, and what’s actually going on. 

You Don't Have Any Real Friends

You know, because you never see anyone in real life, and you only talk through texting, and you'll only act like you like someone if you think it'll help increase your engagement levels on Instagram. Nope! Twice as many people in Generation Z (17 percent) than Millennials (8 percent) say they have more than ten close friends. What's more, 78 percent of both Millennials and Gen Z (unsurprisingly) prefer to hang out with their friends IRL as opposed to just texting or snapping.

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You Have No Motivation 

Contrary to popular (?)  belief, your generation is anything but lazy. 65 percent of both generations believe it's important to improve themselves, and that "achieving their dreams" is a priority.  In fact, one in three members of Generation Z and Millennials say they "crave a lasting career," which definitely opposes the more commonly-held notion that younger people reject stability and prefer to bounce around from job to job. Generation Z and Millennials  are also the first generation that will be able to effectively multitask in the workplace, which means that you're not lazy--you're just doing more, faster.

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You Don't Care About Your Family  

Again--not true! While more millennials than Gen Z think that having a family is important to them (73 percent vs. 61 percent), the majority of both groups do value their families. Plus, 50 percent of of Gen Z will turn to their parents for advice as opposed to 28 percent of millennials, making it nearly a fifty percent difference. This disparity probably has to do more with ages than anything else (most people in Gen Z are still living at home) but it's still pretty interesting to see.

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Social Media Isn't Constructive

If your family says that social media is keeping you apart from them, tell them to think again--89 percent of Generation Z and Millennials say that social media actually helps them stay in contact with their family. (Think about it--if you're away at college, or even just on a vacation with friends, it's easy to let your mom know that you're thinking of her by liking something that she posts.) Social media is also really important for social justice--61 percent (almost two-thirds) of both millennials and Generation Z say that social media is where they can create social change.

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You Have No Real Values

Chances are good that you actually value ethics and moral principles more than your elders--Generation Z has been referred to as the "ethical" generation, since you came of age in an era where social issues are more at the forefront of discussion. Because of this, 81 percent of Gen Z-ers prefer brands that are "innovative and creative," while 74 percent think corporations need to be run in an ethical manner.

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You're Bad With Money

While 33 percent of Generation Z members value brand-name items, frugality is more important--eighty-nine percent of Generation Z-ers are more loyal to brands that make affordable products rather than just flashy ones. According to CNBC, this is largely because you've experienced a lot more money-based crises--the recession, high tuition, college loan debt--than previous generations. Because of this, you're actually more likely to understand the value of money and hold onto it rather than just spend it because it's there--in another survey done on Generation Z by CNBC, 37 percent of the respondents said that if they were given a random $500, they would save it for nothing in particular, while 34 percent said they would save it for college.

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(Unless otherwise specified, all statistics come from the ACUVUE poll.)

Were you surprised by any of these findings? Which ones? Let us know in the comments!

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  • I’m 17 going on 18 and the only thing that’s true for me is I’m really bad with money… I just love going shopping and it kinda makes me lose all my money (there was a time I was temporarily rich, but I ended up spending my money on lots of stuff that I needed, but broke after use or I just didn’t have the same appeal to it anymore.)