Teen Summer Bucket List Goes Viral

Go to a party
Have sex
Give two blow jobs
8 hoe pics for Instagram
Hook up with Jacob again
Get a boob hickey…

These are just some of the items on a young person’s “bucket list” gone viral on Twitter.

Does this surprise me?

The timing is intriguing. Just last week I had a 3+ hour drive to the airport on my way back from teaching youth workers at a convention in Indiana. I took the opportunity to listen to the current Billboard Hot 100 to get a glimpse into the top music today… and apparently teen thinking today.

The most predominant music genre was definitely rap and hip hop, all five of the top five had sexual references, two actually referred to the female genitalia, and the top message in most of the top 100 was predominantly “live for the moment.” But I think the biggest factor that hit me was that most of this music (and most of entertainment media in fact) didn’t reveal any specific consequences.

Don’t get me wrong. Many songs talk about pain and hopelessness, especially in the context of breakups. But never is this pain and hopelessness paired with specific actions.

Just two messages in music today:

  1. Do whatever feels good
  2. Wow… this hurts!

Wouldn’t it be nice if teens had a safe place where they could dialogue about the ramifications of posting “8 hoe pics for Intagram.” Do most young people feel any regrets after posting hoe pics? Wouldn’t it be nice if caring adult mentors were having these kinds of conversations with today’s young people?

Isn’t it also bizarre that one of the TV shows that actually does reveal consequences of behaviors went viral in the last year.

It’s funny. This generation likes innocent fun… like baking cakes and cookies. This young YouTube star has over 8 million followers… and she just bakes creative yummies. Sadly, the aforementioned bucket list only has a few items that might even fall in that category:

Have a lemonade stand w/ Zoe.
Eat cotton candy
Pet a giraffe

What would your teen’s bucket list look like?

What did your list look like when you were a teen?

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; Sex Matters; The Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket; and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers; Connect; and the 10-Minute Talks series. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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