“the real world, which is not the world of Britney Spears….”

Teens in America are in touch with their peers on average 65 hours a week, compared to about four hours a week in preindustrial cultures. In this country, teens learn virtually everything they know from other teens, who are in turn highly influenced by certain aggressive industries. This makes no sense. Teens should be learning from the people they are about to become. When young people exit the education system and are dumped into the real world, which is not the world of Britney Spears, they have no idea what’s going on and have to spend considerable time figuring it out.

Trashing Teens: Psychologist Robert Epstein argues in a provocative book, ‘The Case Against Adolescence,’ that teens are far more competent than we assume, and most of their problems stem from restrictions placed on them.” An interview with Hara Estroff Marano, Psychology Today, March/April, 2007
Hat tip: 2 Blowhards

Quick media-world fact: ad people pursue kids and youngsters because young people can be hoodwinked and pickpocketed, er, influenced. They’re buying their first cars and sofas, they’re vain and insecure, and they’re trying to attract mates. So they spend money on silly products, on clothes, on fashion, and on style. (Older people aren’t so open to being affected by ads.) Well, how great it would be for business if the entire population could be kept in a state of perpetual anxiety, yearning, and dissatisfaction — in a state of teenagehood?

Adolescent Nation,” 2 Blowhards, July 16, 2004

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