Reckless Youth

We were all teenagers once.  We had the idea that nothing bad would ever happen to us, or that we would live forever,  which gave us the all the courage to do things that would most likely be deemed as “reckless” or “irresponsible” by our elders.  We may look back on the choices we made, and think “why did I do that?”, Turns out there is science behind it. In “Beautiful Brains” by David Dobb, Dobb explores the complex inner workings of a teenagers brain in order to determine why exactly they make these “reckless” decisions.   Throughout the piece you are exposed to a series of images captured at pure organic moments of a variety of teens lives. Interspersed between these pictures are the hard scientific facts, giving you an insight into the minds of these teenagers being presented. Dobb knows how to capture your attention and draw you in.  Scientific studies can often be seen as boring, but by juxtaposing scientific fact with real human narrative, you are able to engage more with the content. Dobb gives real human examples that support the findings he presents in the article. If Dobb were writing to calm an unruly parent, he would most likely succeed. Although it may seem at first glance that this article is written for teens themselves, given the slew of pictures and personal anecdotes, I see it more as a source of comfort for parents who may be wondering “Will my child continue to make bad decisions forever?”.  It also gives them an explanation as to what may cause this “reckless behavior”. Dobb reminds parents that adolescents are constantly changing and adapting, and that even though they may do things to scare the crap out of them now, it won’t last forever, eventually their “Beautiful Brains” will grow out of it.