You can agree or disagree with usefulness of the thread itself....but I feel as if the people that are posting are awfully repetitive. If you don't think it's useful....don't use it, I understand and my feelings are not hurt! Being a teenager very interested in literature but also going through a normal teenage life, I realized that a lot of authors often have misconception of how teenagers actually act and what they do if they haven't directly gotten information from them. Here I will do my best to answer (with my teen peers) all of the questions authors trying to write from a teenage perspective or trying to create the character or a teenager have. I just thought this may be helpful. Please feel welcome to post your questions here! Q & A Question 1 : So, my question: Does there seem to be a sense of group conformity among teenagers today, or is standing out in the crowd as an individual more of the thing to do? Answer : This answer isn't really an easy one to give. Conforming is something in which most teenagers take to (including most of my friends), trying to get into a group and not tryout to really be different. They're trying to refine themselves to fit a standard, however, there are some specific kids (the minority by far, even though they've recently increased in numbers) that are going to be who they are. Unfortunately, however, getting into an ideal group of friends seems to be on almost everybody's agenda. There are a lot more people that are giving their all to stand out, however they're still greatly outnumbered. Question 2 : What are the most popular brand of shoes worn by the teenagers you know? Do teenagers still use terms like "wicked?" Answer : Nike Air Force 1's and Vans. Those are currently the most popular and most seen throughout my school for males, and boots for females. Army boots, Uggs, etc.. Answer : No, I haven't heard these words used my entire high school career more than once a year. The closest word to wicked that is commonly use is a drawn out "thats niiiiiiiiicee." I hope you found this useful, any further information just ask!