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'Young people are not lazy; were under more pressure than ever before'

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Young people are not lazy; we?re under more pressure than ever before I?m Mike Smith, a fifteen year old student currently living in North London. I believe that as a young person, we should make the most of the time we have in order to fulfil our dreams and hopes in the future. The word ?teenager? often gets thrown around, which for some immediately sparks a negative image. I would like to explain why this is simply not true. Firstly, I would like to begin with the point that in all parts of society, there are people who will be unwilling to work. This is true for teenagers; this is true for young adults, and even those people who are halfway through their lives. This aspect of laziness does not exist only in young people; it also spreads to all of our society and therefore we cannot just accuse one particular group of being lazy. ...read more.


One aspect of ?laziness? commonly associated with young people is that young people are seen to be playing video games or using the internet in the spare time. I would like to say that firstly, without the internet, the majority of our work set at school simply cannot be done. The internet is a vast resource, and many students take advantage of the diverse information available online in order to help them with their work. A survey done by Oxford University found that over 80% of students used the internet mainly for work purposes, and very little time spent on social networking sites or media content sites. Work from school, as well as extra work from outside of school for many young people are already limiting the amount of free time young people can have to actually enjoy their life, and so many of us resort to using the internet in our spare time, or playing video games as a form of relaxing, simply because it is easy to get out of it and back into work again. ...read more.


It becomes unjustified for parents to say ?when I was I child I did this?? because the situation is changing dramatically and people before do not have to face the same pressures that the current young society faces. For example, previously young people were even paid to go to university, now students are forced to take out loans which they may spend their entire lifetime struggling to pay back, simply because they wish to further their education to have a career. The period of youth is a time where we should not only work hard, but also enjoy what life has to offer. It is a transition period to the stages of being an adult, and young people should be allowed to explore their new freedoms rather than immediately being labelled as ?lazy?. The overwhelmingly large majority of young people are responsible for themselves, and know what they have to do. That doesn?t mean that they cannot take time out to relax though; everyone needs a break once in a while. It?s only fair. ...read more.

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