ANSWERS: 42
  • Being a teen is easy compared to living with the responsibilities of an adult. And those responsibilities don't end in just a few years, they keep going and going for the rest of your life. But just because it's harder doesn't mean it isn't a great experience or happy time. Teens seem to make it harder than it has to be on themselves, sometimes.
  • Not if you are a gay teen. Being a hetero teen is wayyyyy easier than a gay one. Adulthood has more responsibilities but you run less risks of abuse, teasing and condemnation.
  • I'm 41 & I think it's harder to be a teen.
  • An adult has responsibility and must make decisions. Teens only need to do what they're told.
  • As a teen there is so much presure!!!
  • To me, It's a whole different set of problems for each age group. Teenagers have problems fitting in, finding their identity, pressure from parents and peers, etc. Adults face more economic responsibilities, troubled relationships, work problems, etc. Teenagers have growing pains, adults the grown-up kind.
  • Teens seem to think there is always so much pressure, but it's more like they aren't able to handle it yet. I feel it's harder to be an adult, your mistake in adulthood can cost you your house, car, job etc. As a teen if you mess up you just have to get a better score on another test.
  • I think that life in general is a journey, and during this journey there will be great times and terrible times. I don't think that one time is better or worse than another, but that they are totally and completely different experiences we're bound to go through and experience. We cannot compare two different stages of life like that. It also depends on the person; one may have had a nasty teenagehood, but a great adulthood due to things happening. Or vice versa. There is not one harder than the other which is set in stone. That is a very personal question.
  • Much harder being an adult! At lease it is not me!
  • It's more difficult to be an adult, however I don't think I'd want to relive the teenage years.
  • Both have there ups and downs though being a teenager you have to put up with bullies and even trying to fit in can be tough , being a adult I feel we have more choices and know more of how we will let others treat us Just my thoughts only
  • being an adult is harder,we have more responsibilties ,and try to be good role models for the teenagers,taking care of all the day to day duties that adults have.
  • I must say I think they both have their own difficulties. You cannot tell me that the stress I feel at a teenager, while I may look back on it and think how easy it would be to get through it, is really any different then the stress I'll feel when I'm older and in a tough situation. What's major now may change, but the stress won't.
  • It depends on the person. Some people have fu*ked up childhoods, some have fu*ked up adult lives…or you could be like me and have a fu*ked up past and present.
  • I believe it is harder being a teenager because your life is the result of other people's choices and values. As an adult you really do not have to let anyone in your life whose choices and values do not conform to your own. You have a choice. You may have to be around them from time to time but you do not have to associate with them.
  • Life in general is hard, regardless of the phase.
  • I believe they are equally difficult. Both have good and bad things to them. For every good thing you gain as you age, you lose some good thing from your youth.
  • Being a teenager is much harder than being an adult. You have many pressures coming at you, yet very little control or say in what comes into your life. You are at the mercy of your parents (for good or bad), your teachers, your friends...your choices are limited by others in many instances. Adults choose their own course..no one tells them what career to choose, or how to dress or wear their hair, or what to eat..they have autonomy and sovereignty..teenagers don't. :)
  • I couldn't say. Both are difficult for their own reasons.
  • From my personal experience: Being an "adult" sucks. Being a teenager was fun.
  • When you have to start supporting yourself, you will have no doubt, ADULT.
  • I would say they are both the same, give or take a bit. A teenager is limited to some activities by their parents, teachers, and etc. They have stress from their friends, enemies, and schoolwork. It's like work, but school affects the career you choose. If you fail a bit in work, you might not get promoted or even fire, but if you have a good degree, you probably won't be out of a job for long unlike a school. After you have been kicked out, it's maybe a private school, boarding school, or military. People often look down at teenagers and some don't even know how they are feeling right now by believing that they have went through the same and have survived. Those years are long gone and the world is different today. I know being an adult isn't all that easy, you have to meet the deadline on your bills, juggle between work and dating/relationships, and keep food on the table for yourself or others. Work is almost like school except you might be able to get away with days off if your good at your job. You have more freedom yet limited if your lacking money, skill, time, and etc. You can't really do all the things you did when you were a kid, but enjoy those years and then enjoy the years after that. In the end, I think that being a teenager is harder than being an adult. You may be right about something, but unless your IQ is amazingly high, most adults won't pay attention to you for long just because your younger and they think you know nothing. Well, they will never know or get it wrong if someone doesn't tell them.
  • I think being an adult is... I had it pretty easy when I was a teenager... Now I'm lost and I have to work all the time and I'm trying to figure out where my life is going to go... When I was a teenager I would just hang out with my friends and go to school and my father would buy everything...
  • Like everything, it depends on the circumstances. I will say this though, adults have more experience under their belts and generally have better problem solving skills. Teenagers have fewer communication skills and haven't learned to do the heavy duty problem solving. Unless they have adults in their lives who are REALLY involved, they can feel very alone in times of crisis... So I guess my answer is that it's harder to be a teenager.
  • If you play it smart, being an adult is quite easy. But being a teenager is never easy.
  • Mentally, I think Teenagers have a harder life, because they dont have all the knowledge needed to solve problems they encounter, nor to clearly understand how big a problem it could actually be. As an adult, facing an adult problem, I'd be pretty scared at being in that situation.
  • teenagers. extra chemicals coursing through our blood + less experience with how to deal with adversity blows minor incidents out of proportion. is mostly self made hell, but is hell nonetheless.
  • I would say being a teenager is hardest, you have friends who can influence you negative and that may have a negative impact on the rest of your life say for instance you turn a=out to be a drug addict. Where you are an adult you have got more experience to assist you making the right decisions about your life. Adults also have their stress, like relationships, marriage life, troubled teens for kids, debt, it is about 50/50 I would say, but your fundamentals you will find when you are a teen and that will either brake you or make you.
  • Hm, well, since teenagers don't have the experience of being an adult and generally automatically assume that it's the worst point in their lives, I would guess being a teenager is harder. But, of course, adults face their personal problems as well.
  • Being a teenager is harder. When you are a teenager you got all the adults telling you what to do. When you are an adult, you get to tell the teenagers what you wish you had done.
  • It's definitely been harder 4 me being an adult. Being a teen ager was hard, I had mood swings like crazy & of course thought I was all grown up & knew everything but all the responsibilities I have now are even harder. I think it's even harder tho becuz maybe mentally I'm not ready to totally grow up....altho I'm only 26 so maybe there's still hope lol.
  • I don't know as I haven't been an adult yet. Being a teenager has sucked though, I ruined my highschool experience by going crazy and now have no friends and don't go to school. I'm a shut-in actually. So I'm hoping this is the worst part!
  • I would say teenager because teens have no control over their lives.
  • Everyone has different problems that you cant compare. It's like trying to add apples and oranges. You just can't. When you're a teenager, it's harder to be a teenager. When you're an adult, it's harder to be an adult.
  • Each has their own degree of dificulty. As an adult I can look back on my teenage years and compare them to the teens of today and I believe it is much harder being a teen today than it was when i was a teen.
  • I THINK BEING A TEENAGE IS MUCH HARDER AND BEING A PARENT OF A TEENAGE IS EVEN HARDER. TEENS DONT UNDERSTAND THAT ONE DAY THEY ARE GOING TO BE PART OF THE ADULT WORLD. TEENS NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT THEIR ACTIONS NOW WILL AFFECT THEM LATER ON IN LIFE. THERE SEEMS TO BE SO LITTLE RULES FOR TEENS NOW. MAKING TEENS DO STUPID THINGS BUT WHAT THEY DONT REALIZE IS THAT THESE STUPID THINGS WILL FOLLOW THEM INTO THEIR ADULT LIFE. IT COULD CAUSE THEM NOT TO GET INTO COLLEGE OR COST THEM A JOB. TEENS REALLY NEED TO KNOW THAT THEIR PAST WILL COME BACK TO HAUNT THEM.
  • I'll explain it the way coach said it to us after his explanation of ch 27 in the US History book "I feel bad for you guys, your screwed. Your gonna face somethings we didn't have to go through and when you my age your really screwed because the economy is going to be even worse. OK class thats enough of my lecture your assignment is on the board"
  • Its even. Teens have school, peer pressure, sex, drugs and alcohol shoved at them from every angle, its not easy, and alot of teens (including me at one point) belive the world is out to get them cos its sooo hard for them, then you become an adult and wish you could have easy old school back. The fact of things is at the time, teen years are very hard, but once your past them, they don't seem so bad. As an adult you have so many people to please, your boss, your kids(if you have any), you want to get ahead in life, do well as a parent or wife or husband or partner, etc, I'd say things are hardest when they're here, as life goes on, harder things get thrown at you an you wish you could go back to what seemed so hard originaly. :)
  • They're different sorts of -- er -- hardnesses. In an equal sort of way. Maybe I need some caffeine...
  • Both can be difficult, rarely both can be easy, but often one is easier than the other. Different times in our lives we meet different challenges while at the same time having different types of support systems and tools for coping.
  • When your a teen if your lucky you have a carefree life and can make stupid/fun mistakes. When your an adult....you can't get away with that anymore! LOL!! But a lease when you are an adult....getting older you can look back and know that none of it really matter and it made you a better person for it. And you can look forward to a age where you just don't care anymore...
  • Being an adult is harder, but by the time you are an adult, you have developed the resources to cope.

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