National Teenager Day is celebrated on March 21 every year. A teenager is anyone between the ages of 13 and 19 and this is because when you spell the age out it ends with the word ‘teen.’ Teenagers are going through a lot as they are transitioning from childhood to adulthood and experience a lot of changes physical, emotional, and psychological. This is the phase that they discover who they are and what they want to be known for. National Teenager Day is a day set aside for teenagers to know how important and valued they are and to give society a chance to better understand them.
History of National Teenager Day
National Teenager Day was established to create opportunities for teenagers to discover themselves and know who they are, and learn the best way they would want to portray themselves to other people. Many teenagers are referred to as rude, disrespectful and problematic but it is not always so. Deep down they are just confused and overwhelmed by the changes they are experiencing and they just want to be loved and understood.
Everything about them is changing, their bodies are changing, their responsibilities are changing, their position in society is changing as they are no longer perceived as children but as adults, and even their brains are changing. In a teenager’s brain, there is a lot of growth and development, which is primarily due to the removal of unused connections in the gray matter (the part of the brain that is used to think and process information) and the strengthening of new connections that will make the brain more efficient. This process starts in the back of the brain and progresses to the front, where the prefrontal cortex is produced last. The prefrontal cortex is an important portion of the brain that is responsible for decision-making, planning, thinking, and problem-solving.
Since the prefrontal cortex develops last, teenagers have to rely on the ‘amygdala,’ which is the part of the brain that controls emotional reactions. This is the major reason for teenagers’ sometimes unruly behavior. They are not using the right part of the brain to think and make decisions instead they are using the emotional part which is responsible for their impulsive, aggressive, and instinctive behavior.
National Teenager Day timeline
Blaise Pascal invents the first digital calculator at age 17.
Louis Braille invents the Braille system at the age of 15 to help blind people read and write.
Jordan Romero climbs Mount Everest at the age of 13.
Laura Dekker is the youngest person to sail around the world alone at age 14.
Malala Yousafzai wins a Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17 for fighting for girls' right to education.
National Teenager Day FAQs
Why is being a teenager awesome?
Optimism is the best thing about being a teenager. Teenagers are usually filled with hope and positivity for the future.
What are the worst things about being a teenager?
Bullying and hormonal growth are the two major things that are peculiar to being a teenager.
Why are teenagers so angry?
They are going through a lot of changes in their body both physically and mentally. They are still trying to come to terms with these changes and this may make them react emotionally and anger is an emotion.
National Teenager Day Activities
Treat a teenager
Everyone nowadays, including teenagers, enjoys having a good time. Take an adolescent out and let them have a good time while you take care of the costs.
Counsel a teenager
Teenagers are often going through a lot and they don’t always react to their problems in the best way. So if you are past the teenage age and you know any struggling teenager, today is the best day to counsel them and share your experience with them.
Reflect on yourself
If you are still a teenager, odds are you are still figuring out who you are and who you want to be. Use the day to properly self-reflect and plan your life well.
5 Interesting Facts About The Brain
The Brain is made of 60% fat
The fatty acids in the brain are crucial for the brain’s performance.
The brain forms fully at age 25
Development in the brain starts from the back of the brain and ends in the front.
The brain has unlimited capacity
The brain’s capacity for storage is virtually unlimited.
Spinal cord stops growing at age four
The spinal cord which is responsible for sending messages from your brain to the rest of the body stops growing at about age four.
The brain is always active
Neurologists have confirmed that the brain is always active even when you are sleeping.
Why We Love National Teenager Day
It’s a day to celebrate the teenagers
Teenagers are hardly celebrated instead they are called unruly and disrespectful. It will be a good thing for them to be celebrated for a whole day.
It is a day for everybody
Everyone falls into one of three categories, a teenager today, a teenager yesterday, or a teenager tomorrow. So everyone has a reason to celebrate National Teenager Day.
It brings back memories
For people that have passed the teenage years, it is usually a day for them to reflect on those days when they were still teenagers. It brings both good and bad memories.
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