When used in the manner to denigrate, it is a superficial umbrella statement asserted against youths between the 13-19 age bracket. The word's negative connotations stem from the actions of the minority of adolescents who typically display qualities and proclivities that can be construed as unappreciative, lame and otherwise emo. While these behaviors only account for a small percentage of the group, the majority of the demographic demonstrates responsibility by involving themselves with extracurricular activities and organizations, striving for academic excellence, holding a job, performing chores, volunteering their time and services to charitable causes, AND coming home in time for curfew.
Fellow teenagers who demonstrate ageism toward their own peers are generally anti-social, bandwagon-jumping slapwads who try too hard to appear edgy and enlightened, thus categorizing them with other lameass individuals of their age bracket; this behavior can only be encapsulated with the term "teenager," by their defintion.
No, not all teenagers are drug toking, binge drinking, baby making chimpanzees from hell. However, if you do insist on exercising your right to be a misanthropist, the moral of this definition is to hate the individual, or the subculture, and not the entire group.
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