We all have been through teenage years. The period of constant confusion, never ending pimples, mood swings and social in-security.
Over the past week, two teenagers have brought it to a whole new level.
One for swinging a ‘machete’ at his love rival (in the middle of school Piazza #drama) and another for taking a 47 seater bus for a joyride through Yishun, Ang Mo Kio, Whampoa, Telok Kurau, East Coast Park, Toa Payoh, Choa Chu Kang, Boon Lay, Soon Lee Road, Bukit Batok, Woodlands, Jurong East, Kian Teck Road and Corporation Road. (155 km to be exact!)
Before you ask Whats with the kids these days and Don’t they have Xbox and PlayStation and even Angry Birds to keep them company? STOP.
You will understand better after reading the article by Harvard Mental Health here
There are plenty of explanations for teenage turmoil offered online.
In a letter by Harvard Mental Health, scientific research suggested that unsettled moods and unsettling behaviour may be rooted in uneven brain development. (i.e they only have half or at best ¾ of a brain)
“Abstract reasoning, memory, and the formal capacity for planning are fully developed by age 15 or 16. Adolescents’ judgment however can be overwhelmed by the urge for new experiences, thrill-seeking, and sexual and aggressive impulses. They sometimes seem driven to seek experiences that produce strong feelings and sensations.”
“Evidence is appearing that these differences have a definite basis in brain structure and functioning. Recent research has shown that human brain circuitry is not mature until the early 20s (some would add, “if ever”). Among the last connections to be fully established are the links between the prefrontal cortex, seat of judgment and problem-solving, and the emotional centers in the limbic system, especially the amygdala.”
“These links are critical for emotional learning and high-level self-regulation.”
SO there you have it.
It is not their fault that they were reckless.
They just cannot comprehend recklessness because their brains are not yet developed biologically.
Add the raging hormones into the mix and they are literally capable of every rash act that you can ever imagine (and some more, it will not be exhaustive).
Over the past week, Singapore teenagers has made 2Pac Thug Life seem like child’s play. (child’s play..get it) and this will not be the last you hear of them teenagers. Just remember, its not their fault.