Young woman making a sad face

As a child heads into their teen years, they’re making their way to the age of independence. They’ve lived under their parents’ rules for so long, and slowly, they’re beginning to experience more freedom. Some teens happily embrace their newfound freedom and run with it, whereas others may be too timid to branch out, which often results in them feeling regretful later in life. Here are 13 things people regret from their teen years.

1. Studying too Much

Young girl doing math on a white board in her gifted class
Image Credit: Ground Picture via Shutterstock.

When you are a teen, studying is good. However, taking it to the extreme where you constantly choose learning over life experiences and fun is not good. There needs to be some balance, or you will grow up to regret not having some fun.

2. Asking Out a Crush

Teenage boys teasing a teenage girl
Image Credit: Monkey Business Images via Shutterstock.

Teenagers are hyper-aware of people judging them, often worrying what parents, friends, or family will think. Sometimes, it discourages them from making particular decisions – like asking out the person they have a crush on – since they are too worried about being embarrassed.

3. Being Rebellious

Teen boys drinking a beer
Photo Credit: Motortion Films via Shutterstock.

Teens are known for going through rebellious stages. Some teens play it safe and listen to precisely what their parents say. Being rebellious doesn’t have to be dangerous; it can be as simple as skipping a class.

4. Doing Extracurricular Activities

Young boys playing soccer
Image Credit: Juice Flair via Shutterstock.

Many teens grow up regretting not doing more extracurriculars outside of school or their church. Yes, those activities are important. However, joining a club or a team inside your community is a nice change of pace and allows teens to network and make new connections outside of their everyday circle.

5. Being More Serious

Young women looking bored in front of a laptop
Image Credit: Antonio Guillem via Shutterstock.

On the other end of the spectrum, some teens grow up regretting not taking their studies seriously enough. As an adult, they can’t get a decent job because they didn’t take the right classes or chose not to study hard enough.

6. Finding Your Style

Lady with 80s hairdo and outfit posing
Image Credit: Netfalls Remy Musser via Shutterstock.

Part of being a teenager is experimenting and figuring out your likes and dislikes. Some adults look back and regret not being more adventurous with their ‘look’ and experimenting with different styles or haircuts.

7. Being Social

Group of young adults sitting around talking
Image Credit: Robert Kneschke via Shutterstock.

Many teens are very self-conscious, which can often hold them back socially. Looking back as an adult, they may regret being so shy and not making the effort to get to know more people.

8. Loving Yourself

Someone scrolling Instagram on their phone
Image Credit: ulyana_andreeva via Shutterstock.

Being a teen is rough, especially with the impossibly high beauty standards set by social media. Looking back, many adults find they were too hard on themselves and wish they could have found a way to love themselves.

9. Figuring it Out

Teenage boys playing video games
Image Credit: via Shutterstock.

Some adults look back to their teen years and regret not admitting their sexual orientation to themselves earlier. They feel they wasted so much time worrying what people would think of them if they came out.

10. Waiting Time

A guy and girl sitting on a school bus
Image Credit: Yulai Studio via Shutterstock.

Many people regret wasting time on failed relationships as a teen. They tried so hard to make relationships work that they knew weren’t healthy for them, which created additional hardships in their lives.

11. Choosing a Career Path

Female pilot sitting in cockpit
Image Credit: Photography33 via Deposit Photos.

It’s completely normal for teens not to know where they want to be in the future. The pressures of choosing a career path and not knowing much about their desired industry can lead to making uninformed decisions they regret down the road.

12. Saving Money

Woman putting money into a pink piggy bank
Image Credit: Fizkes via Shutterstock.

As a teen, many are just getting their first jobs, and it can be so tempting to want to take the money you have earned and spend it on a fun time with friends. As adults, many look back and wish they’d made better choices with their money.

13. Going to Therapy

Woman sitting with male therapist
Image Credit: Vectorfusionart via Shutterstock.

Many adults are working to become better versions of themselves and have found therapy to be beneficial, making them wish they’d tried working through their issues with a therapist as a teenager.

15 Things That Disgust People Most About Today’s Society

Woman laying on a bed holding a pillow over her head and looking annoyed
Image Credit: Studio Romantic via Shutterstock.

Have you been around long enough for something to bother you about modern society? You’ve got company. Someone recently asked, “What disgusts you the most about today’s society?” Here are the top-voted responses.

15 Things That Disgust People the Most About Today’s Society

10 Cold Hard Facts Older People Have Learned Over the Years

Middle-aged woman sitting on couch talking
Image Credit: fizkes via Shutterstock.

One of the best places on the internet is the SubReddit r/askoldpeople—people who are Gen-X (1980) and older answer today’s youth. Someone asked, “What are some cold hard facts you have learned over the years?” Here are the top-voted cold hard facts of life.

10 Cold Hard Facts Older People Have Learned Over the Years

15 Outrageous Myths That Have Been Told Time and Time Again

Closeup of man making a funny face with wide eyes
Image Credit: Antonio Gravante via Shutterstock.

Have you ever heard something through the grapevine that made you stop and ask, “Could this really be true?” Sometimes myths are told to keep you safe, sometimes they’re silly, and oftentimes they’re just  downright stupid. A recent online poll asked users to share stupid myths that are still floating around. Here are some of the most popular answers.

15 Outrageous Myths That Have Been Told Time and Time Again

17 Problems From the Olden Days That Much of Today’s Society Doesn’t Even Know About

Old fashioned woman speaking into a megaphone
Image Credit: Billion Photos via Shutterstock.

In this day and age, we have a lot of life luxuries at our fingertips. Want to talk to your family on the other side of the world? Pick up the phone and give them a call or send them a text message. It wasn’t too long ago that things like instant messaging or even the telephone even existed. We found a list of problems that most people don’t think twice about these days.

17 Problems From the Olden Days That Much of Today’s Society Doesn’t Even Know About

16 Bad Things People Remember About the 90s

90s girl blowing a bubble
Image Credit: Anastasiya Aleksandrenko via Shutterstock.

Times have changed a lot in the last few years. The 90s feel as if it was a different lifetime. Recently someone asked users in a popular online forum, “What was bad about the 90s?” Here are some of the most popular answers.

16 Bad Things People Remember About the 90s

Similar Posts