Okay, so I really don’t stalk the locker room, but I do pick up on some interesting things in my classroom and in the hallways. I've bribed a few former students into doing my dirty lurking. And I have some classes willing to answer some questions.
Since I haven't done one of these posts in
a few way too many months forever, I thought I'd do a little end of the school year round-up of what's in with my teens. And I asked some of our spies and analysts to chime in on what's hot too. Here's…
what they’re watching
Most popular: Awkward, Teen Wolf, Pretty Little Liars, Spongebob, Duck Dynasty
Bates Motel—the weird chemistry between Norman and Norma is really interesting
Other favorites: SportsNation, Tosh. O, The Vampire Diaries, Black Ink Crew, ESPN, Weeds, Game of Thrones, Adventure Time, Victorious, Breaking Bad, Four Weddings, What Not to Wear, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, CSI, 2 Broke Girls, Big Bang Theory, Dance Moms, Doctor Who, Community, Sherlock, Supernatural, The Good Wife, Chicago Fire, New Girl
what movies they’re excited about
Most popular: Evil Dead, Hangover 3, Oz, Catching Fire, The Great Gatsby
The Purge, The Purge, and more of The Purge.
Other favorites: Scary Movie 5, The Croods, Grown Ups 2, Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters, The City of Bones, Iron Man 3, Guardians of the Galaxy, Despicable 2, Finding Dory, This is the End, The Bling Ring, Now You See Me, Carrie, Monsters University, Star Trek: Into Darkness, The Mortal Instruments, The Wolverine, Oblivion, The Man of Steel
And Veronica Mars—of course!
what they’re listening to
Drake, Taylor Swift, Macklemore, J. Cole, Lil Wayne, George Strait, Josh Turner, Jason Aldean, Luke Brian, Mac Miller, 2 Chainz, Usher, Snoop Dog, Foxy Shazam, Flight of the Chonchords, Fishbone, Queen, Carrie Underwood, One Direction, Lana Del Ray, Marina and the Diamonds, Florence and the Machine, A Fine Frenzy, Awolnation, The Cab, Fun., He is We, Imagine Dragons, Thenewno2, and Two Door Cinema Club, Mumford and Sons, 30 Seconds to Mars, Maroon Five, Ed Sheeran, Rihanna
Unorthodox Jukebox by Bruno Mars. It's true to its name, dipping into other genres besides pop, along with alternating between different tones. One moment, he's like "I should've been a better boyfriend, and I wish you luck with your current boyfriend" to "SHE TOOK MAH MONEY AND SHE'S GONNA DIE!".
their favorite Social Media (and why!)
Twitter—able to keep up with favorite people and stars
Instagram—I love taking pictures
Facebook—it has games and I can keep in touch with friends
Twitter—it’s more interesting and more social
TUMBLR—lets you connect with a community of people who have the same views you do
tumblr—it’s fangirl on and no one knows me. Facebook is annoying me because people on there are too young and stupid and Twitter is too fast for me to function.
Twitter—all my friends are on it
Twitter, Instagram—fast way to keep up with other people
Tumblr—I should not be on Tumblr as much as I am. I am in a love hate relationship with tumblr. Someone save me from Tumblr.
None—too much drama!
Are they (wait for it) reading non-required books?
They are! And their favorite genre…
Most Popular: Fantasy and Contemporary
Other favorites: Paranormal, Dystopian, Mystery, Drama, Sci-fi, Historical
what they’re saying
You got a beach house for Prom night? Turn up.
Some oldies but goodies
Hype: very excited for something
Are they excited for the end of school? Summer plans?
YES OH YES. This has been the roughest school year ever (I'm told nobody enjoys freshmen year), so it's gonna be a miracle when I finally get out of there. Summer plans? Go see movies. A lot of movies. I just love movies. A lot.
Yes! I’ll be 16 and I can get a job.
No—I’m not ready to be a senior or the senior project!
Yes—I want to sleep and go to the beach.
I'm ready for the end of school, so I can focus on my writing a little more. For summer plans, I'll be taking art-related camps and classes, and maybe a short vacation or two.
Super excited. I’m not so sure how much more work I can handle before cracking. I need a hugemongous break with tons of sun
Yes—I hate school
No—can’t see friends
Yes! I’m really excited! I’m a night owl, so summer gives me the opportunity to stay up until 5 a.m. without repercussions. I got into this young writer’s camp in South Carolina and I’m going to this church retreat with my friend in Florida, so I have that to look forward to as well.
Many are traveling. Others are working, going to the beach. Sleeping in.