Posted by: reisendame | September 10, 2007

What’s killing teen spirit?

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The teen suicide rate in America has seen its highest increase in 15 years, and there must be a reason why. Experts aren’t sure if this is an exception or a new trend, but the 8 percent increase is certainly significant and disturbing. In an age where technology and education are supposed to be improving the quality of life, I can’t help but wonder why so many people want to end their lives so early.

I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that instead of connecting people, many facets of our modern age can leave teenagers detached and confused about what’s important in life. Kids are spending more and more time in front of the computer or television, text messaging, etc., instead of quality time with their families. Myspace and other social networking sites attempt to replace meaningful relationships with cyber superficiality, where some teens can actually be tortured over the internet.

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Not to sound too much like Nietzche, but this is an age where God seems to be dead as technology replaces religion as the answer to everything in many households. It’s not only computers; in fact, prescription drug abuse is at an all-time high. Like any drug, these substances also tamper with a person’s perception of the world around them. I am by no means trying to preach, but I do believe that a society slowly becoming devoid of standards of humanity must have something to do with increasing rates of depression, drug use, and suicide. It seems like teenagers are being bred to care too much about things that don’t really matter in the grand scheme of things, and may not truly understand the weight of suicide. Sometimes life can seem hopeless, especially in such complicated and confusing times as these, but young people need to feel as though they matter. The world may not be perfect, but only we can make it better. Adults and leaders have a responsibility to care about and engage the youth to shape the future of our country and world- Britney Spears isn’t going to do it for them.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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Responses

  1. I agree it has become a startling reality for young people. I am 26 now, but I know three people who have committed suicide in their late teens/early twenties.

    I like your blog!

  2. If you didn’t do such a great job with your blog, I’d be upset that you did all of your posts on one day!


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