Teenage Dreams, So Hard To Beat


When asked to sum up the year in an emoji, the top five chosen by teens were the face-mask emoji, the crying emoji, the sick emoji, the confused emoji and the poo emoji.

Are the kids alright?

Katie Allen writes

An online survey of over 1,000* secondary school students by Irish mobile education app, Exit Entry has highlighted the challenges faced by Irish teens during 2020. The vast majority (88%) stated that their education had been adversely affected in 2020, due to having missed out on a conventional school year.

At an age when friendships are all-important, over half of those surveyed (55%) found not seeing their friends to be the most challenging aspect of Covid-19, ahead of home-schooling, the disrupted school year or anxiety about contracting the virus.

While a lifeline for some, only 5% of students have used Zoom to connect with friends. TikTok currently reigns supreme as the social media app of choice with 58% choosing it as their favourite, with Snapchat as second choice with 20%….

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10 thoughts on “Teenage Dreams, So Hard To Beat

  1. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

    Quarantine, 1918

    There were towns
    that knew about the flu before
    it arrived; they had time to imagine the germs
    on a stranger’s skirts, to see how death
    could be sealed in an envelope,
    how a fever could bloom in the evening,
    and take a life overnight.
    A few villages, deep in the mountains,
    posted guards on their roads,
    and no one was allowed to come or go,
    not even a grandmother carrying a cake;
    no mail was accepted and all the words
    and packages families sent
    to one another went unopened,
    unanswered. Trains were told
    not to stop, so they glowed for a moment
    before swaying
    towards some other place. The food
    at the corner store never came
    from out of town and no one went
    to see a distant auntie
    or state fair. For awhile, the outside world
    existed in imagination, in memory,
    in books or suitcases, deep in closets.
    There was nothing but the town itself,
    hiding from what was possible,
    and the children cutting dolls
    from paper, their scissors sharp.

    Faith Shearin

  2. bertie blenkinsop

    I think there’s more than teens struggling.
    I was just gone 9 when John Lennon was shot, I remember it as clear as day and how upset everyone was around me.
    My youngest boy is the very same age now and I’ve noticed him growing more sensitive and prone to upset since the pandemic.
    Kids are far more aware of their surroundings than we probably give them credit for for.

    1. Brother Barnabas

      for sure

      and it will probably be a good while before we know if theres been any lasting impact

      1. Otis Blue

        There’s quite a bit of research on this already with much talk of a lost decade and an awful metric called Years of Life Lost (YLL). Young people and women have been particularly impacted by COVID-19.

        Here’s a recent survey by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs on the experiences of young people during COVID-19 .


        On a more general point we really need to be planning for the post-COVID reality. The socio-economic, health and well-being legacy will be considerable.

    2. Redundant Proofreaders Society


      Totally messed-up upon finding out there were two warring superpowers ready to nuke each other and everyone in-between. Anyone remember ‘Threads’ on the BBC (1984)?
      And only six when Elvis died. The grief around the place!
      Young people need our understanding (maybe with these stories), and a kind, listening ear.

    3. millie bobby brownie

      Very true Bert.

      I know that with my daughter, we’ve tried to have as many conversations with her about it as she wants, so that she’s able to understand it as best she can. She’s quite a sensitive little thing, so I’ve been incredibly surprised at how practical she is about the whole thing, and how she has essentially taken it in her stride. I know plenty of her peers and classmates have had different experiences and reactions to lockdown/masks/Covid-19.

      That said, I’ve no idea how she’ll remember this time in years to come and how she’ll feel it has affected her, if at all.

    4. Junkface

      There will be a lot of work needed to help children’s mental health. It was difficult enough with the big changes that social media has brought to their lives (well teens) and behaviors. I’ve no idea how I would have handled a lockdown like this as a child, I really feel for my nephews and friends kids who are finding this all very difficult. They are mostly under 10.

      I remember the death of Freddie Mercury most as a kid. He was an absolute hero in my family home. That was a shock that took a while to get used to.

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