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Unread 04-03-2006, 01:58 PM   #1
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What exactly defines a teenager? Is it the age or the stage? For instance: are you a teenager if you are thirteen thru nineteen? Or are you a teenager if you have that level of maturity? What about those teens with more or less maturity than average? Should they still be called teenagers? The word teenager classifies someone and colors them with a certain shade. If they do not fit that category, are they still in it by virtue of their age only? Andwhen do you become an 'older teen'? 17? 19? 23? Anyone care to comment?
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Unread 04-03-2006, 02:10 PM   #2
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The real term is adolescence, which depicts a certain increase in hormonial and emotional growth, with ages varying between girls and boys; the period is usually shorter and earlier for girls than it is for boys. Almost all teens share something in common (Besides their age).

Teenagers is the term given to people who are semi-developed emotionally, but are fully developed.... ahhh, I don't know if they allow such stuff on CT. do a google search.
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Unread 04-03-2006, 02:14 PM   #3
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its ok, i chap what u mean.......
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Unread 04-03-2006, 07:42 PM   #4
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It would at the time when you would (in the frum world) get married or (in the secular world) finish high school and go to university.

So that's around 18-20 years, on average. Well, maybe a little older.
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Unread 04-03-2006, 08:41 PM   #5
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No Comment, but I fail to see the connection.
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Unread 04-03-2006, 08:43 PM   #6
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that in itself is a comment
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Unread 04-03-2006, 09:31 PM   #7
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Yes, sometimes the refraining of a comment is the biggest statement, and a good way of dramatic criticism
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Unread 04-03-2006, 09:46 PM   #8
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but I fail to see the connection.
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define connection!
back to the topic- teenagers are people who ask questions and make comments k'nizlar l'eil!
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Unread 04-04-2006, 02:07 PM   #10
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nah, i think that's the defininition of a human being.
fact- teenagers are people aged 13-19, hence the term "teenagers".
unless you're referring to the stereotypical teenager, in which case there's usually way more exceptions.
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Why are there teenagers aged thirty and older?
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Because in truth, I think the term 'teenager' refers to a level of maturity, which has absolutely no connection whatsoever to chronological age. That could be influenced in part by the fact that I am currently a teenager but I hate the term. Especially when my friends use it as an excuse for acting up, going crazy or making a teacher cry (think, "it's not my fault! I'm a teenager! i have raging hormones!). There was an article in Mishpacha a few months back that said there is no such thing as adolescence according to the Torah... I don't know how right that is.
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It's right and true. Adolesence is a modern term that gives an excuse to inexcusable behavior in people who should be responsible.
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There is no such thing as adolescence because we turn Bar/Bat Mitzvah at the beginning of our teens. Meaning we are already technically adults. But as a good friend who teaches first year Mesivta pointed out: in many ways they are still young boys. So while they are obligated to fast on Yom Kippur and go through the whole davening, they are not neccesarily able to deal with that schedule as well as their older brothers.
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There is no such thing as adolescence because we turn Bar/Bat Mitzvah at the beginning of our teens. Meaning we are already technically adults. But as a good friend who teaches first year Mesivta pointed out: in many ways they are still young boys. So while they are obligated to fast on Yom Kippur and go through the whole davening, they are not neccesarily able to deal with that schedule as well as their older brothers.
yep. i guess that's why we have till 17 to be chayav kares! p.s. i wonder why girls get an extra year..
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I believe the age you're looking for is 20. Also, AFAIK, that goes for both genders.
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Because in truth, I think the term 'teenager' refers to a level of maturity, which has absolutely no connection whatsoever to chronological age. That could be influenced in part by the fact that I am currently a teenager but I hate the term. Especially when my friends use it as an excuse for acting up, going crazy or making a teacher cry (think, "it's not my fault! I'm a teenager! i have raging hormones!). There was an article in Mishpacha a few months back that said there is no such thing as adolescence according to the Torah... I don't know how right that is.
um that isn't true. there is a phrase that is used to refer to those under thirty, and also halachot that result from the frequent lack of maturity at this age, including a statement (vis a vis a shliach tzibbur) that everyone has had disreputable episodes in their teenage years, which is why we don't remove a shliach tzibbur of whom such an episode just became known.

there is also the idea that you're not really an adult till marriage, or twenty years of age.

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What is this, "Look Up Dead Threads Started By Moshiach (MT) Day"?
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