Reasons why Teens are so Reckless

In the eyes of the average teenager they are invincible, and harm, pain and tragedy only happen to other people, older people, like those over the age of 20. The recklessness of youth is not a new concept invented to “be cool” but has been around for centuries, and those who are fortunate enough to survive it are certain to lecture their children about an apathetic attitude toward personal safety. Teens have usually not yet grasped the idea that they are made of flesh and bone, flesh that can bleed and bones that can break when mixed with stupidity and careless behavior. Sadly, teenagers usually only understand the implications of their reckless behavior when an accident or tragedy befalls one of their friends or classmates.

One on the major reasons why teens are so reckless is because they have no prior experience with severe injury or lingering illness. It is because of this lack of life experience that a teenager has no idea of the personal suffering that accompanies any serious injury.Teenagers are blessed with the strength of youth, that enables them to push the envelope of physical endurance to the brink of disaster without consequences in most cases. This falsehood of immunity to harm is magnified by a teens ability to recuperate from incredible amounts of exertion and minor injuries. Added to this is the immature mentality that an injury has “never happened before” and the stage is set for big problems.

From a psychological and intellectual perspective a teenager exhibits reckless behaviors in large part due to a lack of emotional development, as they are still within the processes of growing and learning. It is difficult to place the same amount of blame upon a teen that one would heap upon an adult for reckless behavior, simply because to put it frankly, they are not equipped with the same intellect as an adult. The aspect of teen immaturity enables many various types of reckless behavior, from individual reckless act to the foolishness of teens acting in a group situation. Teenagers with a poor self – esteem are especially prone to showing reckless behavior as a way to gain the acceptance of their peers.

Parents must be on constant guard to admonish and reason away reckless behavior in teenagers, and to serve a constant reminder that there are serious consequences to every action one takes in life, regardless of age. Perhaps, the constant nagging and lecturing of concerned parents is what it takes to get through the shield of ignorance that just another part of growing to adulthood.