Adults Explain Which Things Every Teenager Should Know
Photo by Duy Pham on Unsplash

We often look back on our teenage years with mixed emotions.

Our final years where we could enjoy our youth, and live largely without responsibility and just enjoy being a child and all that came with it.

Of course, we might also look back on things we did as teenagers which we are less than proud of today.

Or things we wish someone had told us, so that we may have avoided falling into those unhappy situations.


Redditor notViperX was curious to hear all the things people believed every modern teenager needs to know, leading them to ask:

"Adults of Reddit, what is something every Teenager needs to know?"

No Means No!

"It's ok to say no to anyone."

"Don't let anyone in your life guilt trip you into doing something you don't want to do or are uncomfortable with."- Purpleraven01

What Constitutes Being "Cool" Is Debatable...

"It's exactly as lame to not do something you want to do because it's too mainstream or popular as it is to do something only because it's cool and the cool kids are doing it."- itsacalamity

Pay Attention in Gym And Spanish Class!

"Learn a second language."

"It's good for your brain, and it's a lot easier when you're young."

"Get active and fit; make it a habit."

"This is one of the most important ways to stave off cognitive decline as you get older."

"Plus, it's great for managing mental health during the transition to adulthood."- HappyHappyKidney

will ferrell anchorman GIFGiphy

Put Those Pennies In The Bank!

"Start trying to save money now."

"You will definitely thank yourself later on."- Lastnight97

Sometimes Being Wrong Is The Only Way To Learn You're Right

"Failing is okay."- 2Graves1Ashe

People Are Always Willing To Help!

"When you make a mistake, own up to it."

"People are more willing to help you when you admit you did a dumb thing."

"This goes for school, work, and personal life."

"Forget to make a payment on a loan?"

"Call and talk to the finance company."

"Mess something up on a school project?"

"Tell your teacher and ask for a bit of leeway, Etc."

"People will be more likely to help you if you communicate."

"Start your retirement fund as early as possible."

"Doesn’t matter if you can only afford $5 a week, it’s still $5 more than you would have had otherwise."

"It WILL add up and you’ll thank yourself later."- GreenOnionCrusader

help me 80s GIFGiphy

Follow Your Dream, But Have A Safety Net

"Get a marketable skill, unskilled labor sucks."

"You need something that’s going to pay you, it doesn’t have to be your life’s passion, contrary to what my peers were saying at that age, but you do need to be able to tolerate it."-sweetperdition

"If you don't have a passion, learn new skills."

"You might find your passion or something you're good at."- checkmatelocked

Better Safe Than Sorry

"Cashiers don't care if you buy condoms."- induceddaftfan

Safe Sex Love GIF by DUREXGiphy

Looking back at things we wish we knew or had done differently will never end up doing us any good.

But giving this advice to young people could save them a world full of trouble.

Rather than mope about the past, we can help improve the future.

Conspiracy Theories People Absolutely Believe Are True
Kajetan Sumila/Unsplash

We've sure been hearing the term "conspiracy theory" a lot lately.

And if history has taught us anything, it's that it would do us all good to avoid them altogether as they are rooted in falsehoods tied to clandestine government plans and sinister plots–which, yeah, doesn't sound good.

But like anyone spinning a rumor, people tend to latch on to spurious information that cannot be verified by science or fact because it's just easy to go along with it without taking the time for research.

But there are some conspiracy theories that do make us wonder if there is something to them.

Keep reading...Show less
The Types Of Vehicles Only A-Holes Drive
Tyler Nix/Unsplash

You don't have to be acquainted with someone to know enough about the kind of person they are.

Observing their attitude around people or what clothes they wear can easily give away a stranger's temperament that identifies them as either superficial or genuine.

Of course, being judgmental based on one's appearance is not an unfair assessment. However, you know deep down inside, we all have the predisposition to do exactly that.

Keep reading...Show less

Affairs and infidelity are sadly a more common part of life than we care to admit.

People cheat. it seems to be part of the human condition.

Are we meant to be monogamous?

That's a story for a different article.

I say though, if you're going to cheat... have some basic human decency.

Don't cheat with people you all know.

And how are BFFs not automatically off limits?

Keep reading...Show less
Bad Life Hacks And Terrible Advice That Is Also Quite Dangerous
Photo by Mark König on Unsplash

A lot of people think they know everything.

Not just know everything... they think they're experts on everything.

So they always have the best "advice" to give.

A lot of it is nonsense.

Listen to your gut more when something seems suspect.

Keep reading...Show less