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Young people are often told teenage years are the best years of your life - treasure it In town happy groups of secondary and college students roam the streets appearing energetic and radiant However this is only part of the picture In Singapore many problems arise among teenagers Yearly figures of depression rates among teenagers escalate and we cannot help but wonder what is becoming of this new generation of young people Life for many youths of this new day and age involves a painful tug-of-war consisting of mixed messages unanswerable questions of emotions and incompatible demands from parents teachers friends and oneself For youths this period of life involves exiting the sheltered period of teen hood and reliance on others and attaining adulthood and independence This period in life is concomitant with many problems as youths struggle to find answers to life and fit themselves into the community and society In this essay I will explore the main problems faced by young people today the reasons they arise and the possible solutions to these problems Firstly is a problem that most youths experience - peer pressure The most common form of peer pressure is that which comes from friends It ranges from the tiniest matter of name-calling and teasing to the most extreme cases whereby a teen is put under pressure to engage in activities that are deemed cool and risky like drinking or smoking In their teenage years youths consider appearance to be an important element They feel a great need to be accepted socially and to know they belong to a group of friends Something youths are very afraid of is being an outcast in their teenage years ostracized and rejected by peers who think themselves of a higher superiority because of the risky activities they engage in Thus few youths live up to their standards in fear of alienation from friends In an attempt to make themselves appear cool or in
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