Not to be mean, but teens can be ridiculous. As a former teen, I can confirm that I did some stupid and cringey stuff in my youth that makes me want to crawl under my bed for at least five years. Now, I can look back on it and laugh, but at the time, I thought my ~quirky~ things made me seem cool and different. In reality, they actually made me seem like an idiot. But, of course, I was too oblivious to care. The only thing that makes me feel better about all of the stupid things I did as a teen is the fact that everyone else in the world did just as stupid, if not even more stupid, things in their teens. And, luckily for all of us, we can share all of those embarrassing moments on the internet.
I recently came across a very funny and TERRIBLY embarrassing thread of cringey things that people did in their teens. To be fair, they probably thought that they were really cool and unique at the time. Looking back on them now, it’s obvious that a lot of “young adults” try to block out all of the embarrassing things they did as teens. In reality, I can relate to doing a LOT of these things that these Reddit users did. After all, at one point, everybody was 16 years old, putting on too much makeup and taking selfies with their digital camera, right? Take a look at these super cringeworthy things that EVERY teen has done at one point.
Add Music Lyrics On Top Of PicturesWE ALL DID THIS. Some of us STILL do this, but in different ways. Ever add a ~deep~ lyric as a caption to your Instagram? We've been there. As MMota said, "I used to take black and white photos for my myspace page with half my face covered in some way because insecurities. Then to top it off I'd put My Chemical Romance lyrics on every picture to show how 'deep' I was." Same. I won't deny it. Image Source: The OC
Use Little Things To Make Them Seem SmarterI wore fake glasses to seem smart! Futhermucker carried around "adult" books to seem more intelligent. "In ninth grade, I carried around Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace just to look smart. Didn't make it through the first 100 pages." Too real, TBH. Image Source: Legally Blonde
Fangirl REALLY Hard Over Random Things (Like Vampires)Birckhizzy said, "Got really into vampires. To the point where i used to pretend i was one. In school i thought i was so cool and edgy when i asked people what blood type they were." I actually...thought I was the only one who thought I was a vampire? Whatever. I blame Twilight. Image Source: The Vampire Diaries
Think The Are "Better Than Other Girls"This is classic, but still pretty sucky. Teen girls always want to seem better than other girls, which isn't fair! Wiindee said, " I would also say things like 'I'm not like the other girls', 'I don't like having girl friends there's always too much drama' while being queen of the drama queens myself." TBH, I get it. But it's important to learn that as we grow up we need to stick together. Girl power, duh! Image Source: Lizzie McGuire
Keep Track Of CrushesAsheem said, "Used to sneak around school to "spy" on all the boys I had crushes on." Wait...people still do this, right? Image Source: Degrassi
Write Fan FictionI am guilty of this, TBH. PM_me_things_fam said, "I wrote fanfiction. Oh boy. I wrote everything. I wrote CRINGY stuff, had a fanfiction account. Instead of doing school or homework I wrote fanfiction, mostly hand written. I still have it, I've dubbed it the "Cringe Chronicles" because it's about 3 or so years worth of fanfiction." Image Source: Awkward
Have Bad HaircutsSirsbunnikat said, "Wear my hair over my eyes. Raccoon eye make up." Listen...we've all been there. Nobody knows how to properly put on makeup or do their hair when they are a teen, and it's a rite of passage to have to go through an embarrassing "too much eyeliner" phase at one point. Image Source: Edge Of Seventeen
Do Weird Things To Get Their Crush's AttentionPM_me_sex69 said, "In elementary school I was In love with a boy in my class. I didn't dare to say a thing to him, so instead, I kicked him in the crotch with full power and without warning." Okay, this was a little young, but I'm sure we all did weird things to impress our crushes. I mean, we all STILL do. Image Source: The OC
Which of these cringey things have you done? Tell us in the comments!