Pop-Culture | Posted by Hannah S on 07/3/2009

Growing up too fast

It scares me that things have changed so vastly in the 2 years since I’ve been in middle school. It seems to me that there is a very different standard for popularity nowadays then there was when I was in 7th and 8th grade. I’ve come to the conclusion that middle-schoolers are trying to grow up way too fast.


loss of innocence...

loss of innocence...


I’ve heard stories that now there are 7th graders at my school who are making out and boys cheating on their girlfriends. IN 7TH GRADE. They’re 12 and 13. Its baffling to me. Maybe I’m just exceptionally unobservant but I’m almost positive that those kinds of things didn’t go on at my school at that age. It sucks even more because I’m sure that their parents try and tell them to stop acting older then they are, but they aren’t gonna listen. because DUH: Older kids don’t.

The problem: young kids are given this fabricated version of high school. They’re given all these cliché’s they think they have to fulfill. All I know is that my high school is NOTHING like the schools on TV. I’m not completely oblivious, I know cliques exist, especially at schools bigger then my own, but honestly all these young kids are having it pounded into them that they’ve got to be a specific person in high school. I feel like they’ve pretty much already been categorized.  I wonder if they feel like they’re destined to be a certain person because of stereotypes portrayed in movies and on TV.

This is all so sad to me, when you’re young the only thing you want to do is get older, the media makes it look so different then how it actually is. I’m not old, I’m only 16, but I’m right about at the point where people really start to expect things from me. Every time I see a young girl dressing or acting older then she actually is all I want to do is go up to her and just say “You’ve only got so much time left as a kid, act like one. Do it for those of us who have one foot out the door.”

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  • kristen @ at 1:09 am, July 15th, 2009

    Interesting point, but this has been going on for years. I thought the same exact thing when I was in high school. You are right, though. The media is really transforming our youth in a negative way.
    Also- thAn.

  • francesca @ at 5:22 am, July 15th, 2009

    I dunno if i would be too worried at 12/13 yr olds making out, it isn’t the worst. i’m 17 but I clearly remember people were having sex and giving head when I was that age (not me, i was rather innocent). but i think there is this feeling in younger years that you need to compete sexually, and it seems a pretty easy way to do it, so it can easily go too far.

  • Niamh @ at 10:12 pm, July 15th, 2009

    I will be an incoming freshwoman in September and I would say that last year around 5-10% of my grade was sexually active. I live in a middle-class white neighborhood. However, I don’t think this statistic differs much from previous grades. If anything, the class of 2012 was A LOT more promiscuous than my class. In fact, I think the results from this promiscuity actually halted some potential sexual activity (a 13 year old girl got pregnant last year).

  • Alex @ at 2:46 pm, July 16th, 2009

    I am going into 8th grade in the Fall and I feel the exact same feelings. Girls only want to please guys. There is tons of peer-pressure to wear tight clothing and mini skirts, even in the middle of a snowstorm. Just so guys can make rude comments about you and other girls can call you a slut. That’s what middle school is all about anymore. Everyone feels that they have to be something they’re not. It’s really ridiculous and I think the media is a big part of this. They want to pressure us into buying they’re cheap clothes and say it’s “cool” and “sexy” and whatever when it actually just looks really childish and stupid. I, personally, don’t like where this is going.

  • merlin @ at 10:55 am, July 17th, 2009

    This post is true for my school too. There’s one guy who has three girlfriends at any one time. Is he called a whore? Nope

  • Emma @ at 11:05 pm, July 28th, 2009

    I completely agree with Alex-I’m also going into 8th grade, and even my friends are doing the whole mini-skirt thing. Luckily we have a very strict dress code, so leggings/spandex are needed, but you can always bend the rules.

  • Kelly @ at 9:50 pm, August 15th, 2009

    Im in middle school, and it’s really not like that everywhere;everyone. I have maybe 3 friends who are like that. Well, girls anyway, there’s 3 guys as well. But I just wanted to point out that its only some kids, and not all girls are wearing tight shirts and mini-skirts. Most of the people in my class couldnt care less what the other sex thinks of them… on the outside anyway. Yes, they do want someone to like them on the inside, but other than that its just someone likes someone, who wants to be liked back. One guy is stupid enough to think he loves his “girlfriend” whom I pointed out shouldnt really be considered gf/bf because it’s not like they’re going out… they’re 12. This guy also just wants the title of a bf/gf i believe. Plus, I think it’s more the kids who have older siblings that are teenagers. I have two older sisters who just graduated college so I was around six when they were teenagers so I didnt really pay attention to what they did unless they would play with me… but know I also have two nieces. Ok, I should stop my rant.

  • dare2believe @ at 7:12 am, November 9th, 2009

    My sister is 9 and she wants sexy clothes and a boyfriend. Nice, huh?

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