Teens told BuzzFeed in 2015 that fads change or they didn’t know current fads, except for fashion trends: hippie clothes, choker necklaces, crop tops, and silver or lilac hair color.[i] They said Netflix replaced MTV and they listen to music and watch TV online. They don’t like Facebook but most use it, mostly to connect with their parents, while the teen platform is Instagram. They think technology helps them connect with friends and family. Speaking in text lingo was uncool, as was Justin Bieber. The most popular celebrities were women: Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift and Beyoncé. What they want is to be taken seriously by adults and they like talking with them. I asked a high school senior in my town about the accuracy of this survey; “Ha ha, most of those seem pretty spot on,” said Sacha.
[i] Logan Rhoades, “16 Random things You Should Probably Know About Today’s Teens,” BuzzFeed, April 21, 2015.