How Teen Styles Affect Social Groups

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How Teen Styles Affect Social Groups
While friends can be of a different ethnicity, their style is usually similar. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Adolescence is a highly influential time in human development. During this developmental stage, teenagers are seeking their identity. They may change their style multiple times and frequently. This can make parents wonder if there is something seriously wrong with their teen. Fortunately, in most cases, this is a normal process that teens undergo. Teens find their sense of style from social groups they either belong to or want to join.

Teen Style: Emo

A popular teen style that can affect social groups is emo. This teen style emphasises strong emotions. These teenagers will dress in dark colours and listen to music referred to as "scream." As the label implies, the music consists of screaming with music accompanying it and teens expressing their angst. This teen style affects social groups by showing off a different side of teenage life. Teens who enter this social group want to explore their emotions more fully to find their identity. They take the style from other teens so they can fit in and feel what the others in the group feel.

Teen Style: Preppy

The preppy teen style is typical of middle or upper class teenagers, while some lower class teens are able to fit the script. These teenagers are usually involved in many different activities and dress in clothing that is popularly found in trendy young adult shops such as Abercrombie, Hollister and Aeropostale. These teens strive to give off the perception that they are smart, athletic, trendy and productive members of society. Preppy or trendy teens affect a social group by expecting others to conform to their clothing style and attitude. If you don't portray you are like them, they will not be welcoming. It can be difficult to join this type of social group. They are perceived as looking down on other teen styles as not being good enough and are usually referred to by other teen styles as snobby or stuck up.

Teen Style: Mixed Group

Some teens don't fit into any of the standard teen styles. Teens in this social group are individualistic. They have found their own identity. These social groups have a mixture of somewhat preppy individuals, emo and other styles. Teens in this social circle are more open to different styles and welcoming of individual differences. This teen style is much more flexible and peaceful in social groups. They except teens as they are and don't expect conformity. Instead, they welcome each person's differences and are less judgemental.

Teen Style: The Loner

The loner teen style is the most misunderstood group because they usually don't congregate. Instead, they stand alone with their own sense of fashion and beliefs about music, friends and life. These teens do not attract much attention to themselves and they don't influence social groups at all. These teens know their identity and don't feel the need to be part of a social group. Many individuals in this social group have anxiety about hanging out with other people.

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