Teens: Constant cool hunting

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September 30, 2013 by Welcome to the Jungle

kid_on_computerWhat is “Cool?”
By Mariah S.

Advertisement is something that consumes our lives every day. Trends and fads are consistently changing and that is why we have different ideas of “cool” every day, week, month and year. Not everyone has the same definition of cool because we are all unique and have our own interests.

For most teens, we get bored after doing the same thing over and over again so we go out on the hunt to find new things that interest us. Since we are young adults and we like to feel like we are in control, the media is unable to label something as “cool” or else we will suddenly become uninterested. We need to feel as though we are different from everyone else.

Feeling different from the rest can be a very good or bad thing in our generation. The meaning of “cool” can cover a huge amount of people, however for some, the meaning to them is very different than others. Our generation of kids is filled with Friday nights spent drunk at football games, while some have different morals and values and find that that is the exact opposite of cool.

Think back to middle school. I can easily remember how my weekends were spent with my three best friends at the movies, mall or just hanging out. That was cool. When high school started, everyone went their separate ways, finding cliques that they were most interested in. When I moved to Fredericton, I just wanted to fit in. I wasn’t worried about getting caught up in the wrong group of friends, because I just wanted to feel cool, special and wanted at my new school. As time goes on, you realize that those things just aren’t important anymore. What is important is being yourself. Doing what interests you most.

The older you get, the easier it will be to learn to branch out and really do what interests you. People will start caring less about what others think is cool, and start focusing on what THEY think is cool. Every day we see new faces in the media trying to persuade us to consider new things cool. But when it comes down to it, we have the final say.

To me, cool is being myself and surrounding myself with people who make me happy. It took me a while to realize that, but it’s never too late to dig deep and find what lights your spark.


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