Drama with a Capital D

Shannon is one of our teen writers: she is a 16 year old from Maryland. She enjoys writing, is pro recycling, and loves the Jonas Brothers.

“Like omg, she said whaaaat?!”

Drama.
So many teens crave drama.
It’s something I’ve just started to realize.

Sure, we claim to find it annoying and distasteful, but really we love it. We absolutely love it. Maybe not every single one of us but for the most part, teenagers love drama.

Why else would be schedule our weeknights around television shows like The Hills or Gossip Girl? Popular teen shows like ANTM (America’s Next Top Model) and Heroes would be nothing without the suspense and excitement.

I mean, who can forget the tension at Seattle Grace when Izzie cut Denny’s LVAD wire on Grey’s Anatomy? Or when Daniel Meade’s brother came back as a she instead of a he on Ugly Betty? Or how about just recently in the heart-wrenching episode of One Tree Hill, when the characters had to deal with the aftermath of the death of one of the Ravens’ star basketball player, Quinton Fields?

We wait all week to see where the stories will lead—if couples will make up or break up, what dirty secrets will be uncovered, and which friends-slash-enemies will be fighting next.

And then of course, there’s the Internet.
From the trashy celebrity gossip to the ever so popular Facebook, there is drama all over the world wide web.

Adults wonder why teens are so prone to petty fighting and gossip and scandal. Because it’s all we know.
Everytime we log onto the computer, or open a magazine, or flick on the television we’re opening our minds to the dramatic world we live in.
So how could we not crave it? It’s all we’re exposed to.

**Just as an fyi, this is in no way me making excuse for the teenagers who do engage in intensely dramatic activity. I’m just making an observation.

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