I have a problem.
I consider it to be a big problem. Others might not, but I do.
I can’t talk to teenagers.
“But wait!” you say, “I am a teenager, and you talk to me all the time!”
Well, yes, that is true. But you are on the internet. 😛
Perhaps I should say ‘connect’ instead. I want to add value to those I talk to, and I want to connect with their value: I want to learn what they have learned. I have a purpose in my conversations.
Perhaps that is why when I walk up to a group of talking teenagers (even at my church), they stop talking and wander off.
Or maybe it is the beard. Whatever.
When I corner them and ask them what they are interested in, they clam up: they go dry. If I ask a group of them what they were talking about, they don’t know. If I ask them what they would like to talk about… They. Have. No. Clue.
It is embarassing walking up to them, because I can’t get the purpose out of my stride, and I scare them.
I can talk to the adults with ease. On the internet and off.
I can talk to rebelutionaries. Easily.
I can talk TO THREE YEAR OLDS!
But I can’t talk to my own kind… or are they my kind?
They react to me like I am an adult, and they don’t connect with me.
Maybe because I interact with adults on their level. Maybe my best friends and buddies (in face-to-face communication) are 3-4 times my age.
Maybe it is because I actually have a purpose in life, interests, and dreams. Maybe?
But whatever the reason why, I want to connect with them. I have a passion to reach out to them. I want to touch their lives. I want to share what I have learned with them. I want to learn from them.
That is why I care.
But I don’t know how.
I am sure at least some of you, my dear readers, you who know how to think, have this same problem. I know some of you have the opposite problem: you can’t break into the ring of adults.
But how do you break into the ring of teens?
None of our family has been able to, not even enough to reveal our consummate weirdness. So that isn’t what is scaring them off.
So I am asking you, my treasured online friends: How can we connect with our age group? How do you who are adults reach us?