"I'd do anything to be popular."
How many times have we heard that phrase, or worse yet, how many times have we wished it ourselves? What is it about being popular that is so desirable? Popularity is a social recognition that teens and some adults continue to crave generation after generation. It is inescapable.
The phrase, "I'd do anything to be popular" presents a scary situation. How many teens really would allow themselves to do anything to gain recognition? In today's society we see this situation present itself time and time again. It lurks its ugly head with gangs, with grade school, and even with adults. It becomes increasingly more scary for our children today as they are faced with more and more temptation to join the "cool" club by doing things contrary to the teachings of their parents. For example, you'll be cool if you steal this from the store..or you'll be cool if you take these drugs. While sometimes, the actions required to join the cool club are trivial, in today's society, those trivial things are almost obsolete, now the requirements involve a much larger scaled commitment. To think, your child might just commit murder so he/she could be "included" in a gang of teens. Scary!
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