People Describe Their Most Cringeworthy Teenage 'Phase'
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The minds of teenagers are about as mysterious as the outer recesses of deep space or the dynamics of life at the ocean's bottom.


Like those faraway places, adolescent brains play by rules no adult can fathom--even if they had just that kind of brain years ago.

Those teenage brains are characterized by their inability to fully consider long term consequences and risks. They also tend to consider themselves at the complete center of the universe.

The mixture of both properties makes for some wild clothes, far out makeup choices, and, when seen in the rear view mirror of adulthood, insufferable behavior.

Some Redditors gathered to describe the old habits that still make them squirm with embarrassment.

WorseCup asked, "What was your cringy teenager phase?"

In Public?!

"I used to fake an English accent. Not a particular one, just what a 14 year old from the US South thought people from England sounded like."

"I must stress that I did this in public. On several occasions."

-- thoawaydatrash

Center of the Universe

"Tumblr in 2014 as a 16 year old was brutal."

"I blasted Lana Del Rey's born to die album as I walked my family's Australian Shepard in our suburban neighbourhood thinking I was extremely mysterious and, of course, the main character."

-- iwliwnoli

Stomach Turning Reflections

"Straight edge scene kid. I was fu**ing insufferable." -- ReadingBagder

"The first part would have been me if my mom let me style myself the way I wanted to. The second part was totally me; I was also insufferable." -- Known_Character

"Same. Went from the hippie-looking burnout look into the scenester emo look. Gut wrenching." -- labbykun

A Few Favorites

  1. Mom, no one understands me. Neither do you.
  2. Metal is the greatest genre and unlike other genre of music, it is 'real' music.
  3. I will wait until they invent a color darker than black.
  4. Society bad.

Shameless Fanhood

"I'd have a 'Minecraft Monday' and 'Black Ops Tuesday (II's day).' So Monday I'd wear my Minecraft t-shirt and use my Minecraft lanyard, then Tuesday I'd wear my Black Ops II shirt, hoodie, wallet, and iPod case."

"This was my sophomore year of high school btw. Probably one of the couple of reasons I didn't have a girlfriend."

-- thechiangsta

"Entertain Me!"

"Thought of myself as a legitimate Manic Pixie Dream Girl. A retrospectively embarrassing blend of insecurity, narcissism, and a desire to be seen as 'the one who got away.'"

"I rejected anything trendy or popular because truthfully I didn't know how to succeed in that aesthetic, but I told myself (and everybody else) that it was because I found conformity tiresome and needed my soul constantly ignited by the strange and unexpected."

"I still full-body-cringe at my former self."

-- Mesmerotic

Living a Lie

"I tried to convince myself that I liked the horror genre and watched a ton of horror movies and drew horror sh** until I realized that I didn't like horror and that I was actually interested in mythology and folklore."

"I think it was because I was really into Slenderman as a 13-year-old or I was trying to break free from my Catholic upbringing. Probably both."

-- HiddenMasquerade

Harder Core

"I saw myself as 'a hardcore' and made it part of my identity."

"Better believe I'm going to get better at this game than my friends, I'm a hardcore! I'm naturally wired to have more dedication and perseverance than they are."

"This guy thinks he's going to beat me in the school cross country? Hah, I'll show him! I'm a hardcore. I keep going when others would have given up."

"Others may have a fleeting interest in something, get mediocre at it then give up and move on to the next silly distraction. Not me! I'm a hardcore."

-- flameylamey

CLASSIC

"Had a 'girlfriend' who 'moved to Florida.'" -- _Mechaloth_

"So your girlfriend was...retirement age?" -- RandomGuyWithStick

"When I was 7 or 8, I told people I had a boyfriend named Casey who went to another school. Really I had a crush on someone in our class whose initials were KC." -- noisy748922

Doing More Looking Around Than Reading

"Reading Jean-Paul Sartre's Being and Nothingness on the bus to school in the hopes that a girl would be impressed and strike up a conversation with me." -- RunDNA

"Oh god. I was a girl version of you. Dressed like a Wes Anderson character and made a big show of writing in the margins." -- doittomejulia

"The real question is how much of it did you understand..." -- SeasickWalnutt

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