10 Social Issues And Problems That Trouble Today’s Teens

Social issues affect large groups and can negatively impact how society functions. Social problems can also affect teens just as adults. Teens may be more vulnerable to social problems because of the rapid development of their brains and bodies. Social issues and “teenage problems”, as they are sometimes called, can affect physical and emotional health.

Technology advances also means that teens today are confronted with new social problems. Many teenage problems are now being addressed by electronic media. Digital communication has made it possible for teens to communicate more effectively with one another and even their romantic partners.

Many teens are not able to communicate effectively with others online. Technology2 can play a large role in this dysfunction. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual learning and socializing were crucial.

The way teens communicate and use texting and social media is changing. An average teenager spends eight hours a day on electronic devices.

Many social issues can be linked to technology. However, not all social problems can be linked to tech. These are 10 of the most common social issues teenagers struggle with every single day.

Low spirits, despondency

According to the National Institute of Mental Health(NIMH), 4.1 Million adolescents in America had at most one major episode of depression in 2020. This means that 17% American teens could suffer from depression before becoming adults. The NIMH data also indicates that depression is more prevalent in teens of color (25.2%) than in teens of other races (9.2%), and 29.9% among teens who are from two or more race groups (29.9%).

The excessive use of electronic devices by young people could prevent them from participating in social activities, such sports.

It is possible to treat depression disorders, but professional help is necessary. You should contact your child’s psychiatrist if your teen becomes withdrawn, has trouble sleeping or is having trouble with school. These symptoms should not be ignored.

Harassment of someone perceived as weaker

According to the National Center for Education Statistics6, 22% U.S. teens experienced bullying during 2019.6 Studies suggest that bullying has become much more visible and pervasive through social media. As the most prevalent form of harassment for teens, cyberbullying has overtaken bullying.7

Talk to your teenager about bullying. This will help prevent them from becoming trouble. Talk with your teen about bullying. Discuss the options they have for dealing with bullies and what to do if you become one. Your child’s ability to deal with bullying is crucial.

Talking with your child about adult help is important. It’s not easy to talk about someone humiliating you. Asking for help isn’t a sign that you are weak, it’s a sign that you have the courage to ask for it.

Intimate activity

38% reported having had sex in the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance system (YRBSS), while 27.4% stated that they were sexually active. This is a decrease in the last decade (46 percent had ever had sex in 2009, while 34% were sexually active).

In the last decade, also, the teen-birth rate has fallen. The 2020 teen fertility rate was 15.4 (births in 1000 females aged 15-19), an 8-point decrease from 2019 and 75% below the peak of 61.8 set in 1991. These teen babies accounted for less that 5% of all births.9

Teens aren’t using contraceptives if they have a lower rate of pregnancy. According to YRBSS data, just over half of teenagers who are sexually active used a condom at their last encounter. Only 31% used hormonal contraceptives and 9% used both.8

More than half of the 26 million sexually transmitted diseases in 2018 were found among young people aged between 15 and 24.

Parents might not be aware of their children’s sexual activity. Even if your teen doesn’t believe they are engaging in sexual activity or you think it’s not, it is worth talking to them about sex.

Drug use

The survey found that about 3% (in the 8th through 12th grades) of teens reported daily use of marijuana in 2021. Many teens believe that marijuana use is more harmful than smoking cigarettes now. This perception could be due in part to changing laws regarding marijuana.
Monitoring the Future Survey from the National Institute on Drug Abuse has revealed that teenage drug use is on the decline. Although the decline in drug use has been documented since 1975, it was not evident in 2021. “11

It is vital that you have regular conversations about drug dangers with your teenager. Don’t forget about prescription drugs. Many teens don’t realize the dangers of getting a prescription from a friend or taking pills that aren’t prescribed for them.

Teens often underestimate the dangers of addiction. Teens don’t realize the dangers of overdosing. These risks should be discussed on a regular basis.

Alcohol Consumption

The rate of teenagers binge- and alcohol abuse continued to drop through 2021. Still, 26% report that they have drank alcohol within the last month.11

Talk to teenagers about the potential dangers of drinking underage. Talk to teens about the dangers of alcohol. Your teen’s decision to drink or not can be affected by your words.

Signs that your teenager has been drinking alcohol


According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 22% to 19% of American 12- and 19-year-olds are obese. Hispanic or Black children are more likely than White or Asian to be obese or overweight.

Bullies are known to target teens and children who are overweight. Bullies often target overweight children and teens.

These issues are often not recognized by parents. These issues are not always recognized by parents, according to surveys.

Talk to your pediatrician about your child’s weight and body mass. Ask about the best ways to support your teen. If your doctor recommends that your teen exercise or eat healthier, then you should support your teen.

Scholastic Difficulties

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, approximately 5% of high-school students in America drop out each year.16 This can have a major impact on a student’s future.

There are many reasons why teens drop out of college. It’s not just troubled teens who are feeling so pressure to get into good colleges, but also those who feel they have to be involved in their education. Your teen should receive support, guidance, and assistance if they have problems.

Peer Pressure

Social media has brought peer pressure to teens to a new level. Sexting is one example of a problem. Teens don’t know the consequences of sharing explicit pictures.

However, kids are not being forced to share inappropriate photos. Teens are often pushed to share inappropriate photos.

Talk to teens about the consequences of making a mistake. Sometimes children may be afraid of seeking help after making poor decisions. Your teen should feel comfortable coming to you with any problem. Demonstrate that your ears are open and you will listen, but not judge and react. Instead, look for ways to forgive and move on.

Online platforms for communication and networking

Although social media can be a great way to meet teens, it can also be problematic. Your teen could be exposed to cyberbullying, slut shame, and many other dangers through social media.

Teens are changing how they date and social media can impact friendships. You can even affect their mental health.

Your teen should learn how to use social media safely and effectively. Talk about online safety. Know your teen’s online activities.
You can educate yourself on the latest websites and apps that teens use and then take steps to ensure your teen’s safety. You might also consider limiting your teen’s screen usage.

On-Screen Violentity

Teenagers will witness violence at some time. There are many media outlets that portray violence, including TV, music, movies, and radio. Today’s violent videogames often feature gory scenes and aggressive acts. These violent scenes have been linked to aggression and lack of empathy in the last two decades according to studies.

Another study has shown that parents are the biggest influence on how their children view media.

Be aware of your teenager’s media habits. Teens shouldn’t be allowed to watch R-rated films or play M-rated games. They shouldn’t consume this material in excess or unsupervised.

Talk to your teen and keep an eye on their mental state. Your teen may also be exposed to racial stereotypes and sexual situations.

Teens must learn to recognize the good and bad aspects of media. They will be a better consumer if they can see the good and bad in what they are viewing online, at the cinema, or in a game.

How to talk to your teenager

It can be uncomfortable to bring up difficult topics with your teenager. Talking to your teenager about difficult topics can be uncomfortable. They won’t listen to long lectures, or ask too many questions. It is important to have a conversation about teenage issues and social issues with your teen.

Even if it seems they aren’t listening, your teenager is the most influential. It is essential to create a solid foundation for your teen’s future.

It’s a good idea to ask questions about vaping, drugs, and other unsettling situations.

Listen to your teenager. Be open to listening, but don’t be judgemental. Your teen should know that you won’t condone certain behavior and will be punished if they break your rules.


  • ameliaburke

    Amelia Burke is a 27yo educational blogger and volunteer and student. She is currently a student at the University of Utah. She is interested in creative writing, writing for the web, and public speaking.



Amelia Burke is a 27yo educational blogger and volunteer and student. She is currently a student at the University of Utah. She is interested in creative writing, writing for the web, and public speaking.

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