Quote: The Invention of the Teenager – Martin

The invention of the teenager was a mistake. Once you identify a period of life in which people get to stay out late but don’t have to pay taxes – naturally, no one wants to live any other way.

― Judith Martin, a.k.a. Miss Manners

This term was first used in the 1920s and was the result of more people getting high school educations. Between 1910 and 1930 enrollment at this level increased 400 percent.* With this increase, there also developed the behaviors, parenting advise and marketing practices that require our patience today.

*”Teenagers.” – Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood in History and Society. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Dec. 2014.