teenagers detachment from self

nice rambling on the state of adolescence via UNDERNEWS, this line in particular jumped out at me:

“If a teenager can feel a steel bolt through her tongue move whenever she speaks, at least she knows she inhabits her own body, even if she doubts her own soul. If she can use low-cut jeans or a glimpse of thong underwear to attract glances from boys around her, at least she knows she occupies space and time at the center of their attention.”

Did you feel like that when you were a teenager? I wonder what role technology (text messaging, chat room, online living) has played in assisting teens (or all of us) in feeling like observers vs. participants.

By the way, I love UNDERNEWS, it is really pleasant. Sam Smith is a profound observer of the US politic and culture.


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