The following is a response from the article “Teenage boredom can lead to drinking, drug use” by Marcela Palefsky. The article starts by describing a scenario of a common teenage party that leads to drinking in Montrose. The article then continues to explain that while during the daylight hours teenagers have activities available to them, it is when night falls that teenager boredom hits, which leads to foolish choices. More surprisingly, even when communities have created ample “hang-out” areas for teens to enjoy themselves, these centers seldom last due to either lack of interest or little support from the community. According to Kristine Bagnara, program director of the Drinking and Drug Task Force in Montrose, in order to avoid more cases with teenage drinking and drug abuse, a center must have solid leadership, as well as support from both the teenage and adult community.
Nearly every teenager in every state has likely gotten into some sort of trouble that began with being bored. I would know, I’ve done it too, though not to the extent of these teens in Montrose. Sure these types of situations make great stories in later years, but they are ,nevertheless, foolish situations to get into to begin with, especially from something as simple as boredom. Ranting aside, I thought this article set a very clear example as to what can happen when dullness creeps upon the teenage mind, and it was written in a way that teenagers as well as adults can both read and find points that they can read and nod their heads to. I also agreed with the idea that there should be more teenage centers available in order to discourage questionable behavior and encourage smarter choices, so long that the centers are well supported by teens and adults alike. I certainly wish there were more here in Pennsylvania. It is a nice place, but in some areas there is little to do during the evening hours, at least not things that could easily cause problems. Getting the future generations away from foolish thinking caused by boredom is more important than most tend to believe, because after all, the teenagers of today will at some point be the adults of tomorrow, and I would think that the adults of today would want the adults of tomorrow to make good decisions.