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Amanda Griffith

Bragging Teens

Do you ever notice how only one in ten or less teens are braggarts? Most teens spend their adolescences feeling low self esteem, or total security in who they are if they’re blessed. But the occasional person you meet brags all the time. I don’t mind if a friend or acquaintance says he or she did something well or had a success every now and then. It’s the one who feels the need to have one up on you every time you say something that gets me. If I get a 90 on a test, I don’t want to hear someone saying, “That’s nothing. I got a 95.” If I jump a four foot fence for the first time, I don’t want to hear someone say, “I’ve been jumping four feet for over a year.”

I guess what I mean to say is, it’s okay to start a positive conversation about yourself, but not once a minute and not to show you’re better than someone you’re talking to. Really, the main turnoff for any teen is when someone acts like he’s not interested in you or your accomplishments. So, braggers who don’t listen are the worst. But the pits is when a bragger is discovered making up the details he or she is bragging about. People who brag badly, do it because they are down on themselves. Most teens feel that way, so why make it worse with bad bragging (putting down someone else or lying)?

Last, I’ve noticed that more elementary than middle school students brag (from my own experience) and more middle schoolers than high schoolers brag. It seems that bragging is something you can and should outgrow.

About Amanda Griffith

I am a Franklin and Marshall graduate, English and Government. I taught 6-12 English for 28 years and am a published writer with four articles to my credit. Check out my five star rating on
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One Response to Bragging Teens

  1. Nice post, Amanda. Thank you. With a 17, 15 and 13 year old, this really hits home at our house.

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