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TEENS: The importance of a social life

There are many things that everyone learns when attending high school; these things don’t just include the general subjects, such as geometry or English.

I think the most important things we learn are how to be social. I know what you might be thinking, and yes, all we teenagers do is be social with our phones and computers and things. But that’s not exactly what I mean. I’m talking about learning how to properly behave in certain situations, knowing when to give your opinion on something or just keep it to yourself, knowing how to make friends, those kinds of things. And, again, you might not think that these things are important but they actually are.

We use these social skills to interact with people, whether it be for a job or just our families and friends. We learn how to resolve conflicts, we learn how to think of the proper things to say before we say them. We as human beings are so social because our lifestyles require us to be. We have to have social skills in order to ace job interviews, interact with customers and/or coworkers (depending on what job you have), etc.

There are also many internal reasons that we need to be social, as well. For example, if someone cuts themselves off from other people for too long, they will more than likely become depressed and excluded. That’s because we as humans have to have some outlet when it comes to the emotions that we’re feeling.

When we’re feeling happy, we naturally want to share that emotion with everyone we can. When we’re feeling angry, we immediately want to express that to someone to get that feeling to go away. Without being social, we would just repress our emotions and eventually they would overwhelm us and we would constantly be breaking down. So, technically speaking, being social is extremely good for your health!

In life, there will be many situations that require us to use the social skills we’ve obtained from high school, and if we didn’t have these skills, we’d be at a complete loss. From an outside perspective, it might seem that we teenagers might just be distracted with our social lives, but please remember that without the social lives we have, we’d never make it in the real world.

Haley Selvidge is a senior at Streator High School. She can be reached via

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