25 Times Terrible Advice Was Given To A Teenager

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Being a teenager can be both the best and worst time of your life. You’re young, so a pessimistic view of the world hasn’t totally taken over yet, but your hormones are raging out of control so you feel all of the feelings. You’re worrying about what your crush thinks of you, if you’ll get into college or not, and which selfie you’re going to post after third period. Navigating your teen years is difficult AF, but lucky for kids of the world today — they can go on the world wide web and search for helpful and insightful advice to help them get through these awkward puberty days.

This is no such list. Or maybe this is a “how not to” list. Either way — kids, be weary when adults try to give you free advice on the internet. We may just be trolling you because we have nothing better to do than work or eat Cheez-Its or pay rent or hang out with our significant others or make a difference in the world or — yeah, we’re definitely just trolling you.

Bad advice can sometimes be helpful to hear. It makes the good advice stand out because the bad advice sounds so utterly stupid, so ridiculously irrational, that when your parents tell you to get a summer job, they may be on to something. Telling a teen that they should drop out of school to pursue their band or marry the first girl that has sex with them is troubling. It’s troubling because so many teens will take that advice wholeheartedly and f*ck up the rest of their lives. So teens of the internet, get your sh*t together and learn how to weed out the good advice from the bad.

This is the worst advice you could ever give to a teenager:


The pullout method works jut as good as condoms plus it feels better and it’s free.


Nothing that happens will ever be as important as what’s going on in your life right now.


You should drop out of school to focus on your band. That’s where the money is.


Credit cards are basically free money!


Meth will give you the energy you need to get through school!

Written by Laura McNairy

Laura is a freelance writer for TFLN. She likes to write about what she knows best — dating, sex, and being awkward, but usually in the opposite order. She is the Assistant Editor and videographer for Peach Fuzz, a sex-positive nudie magazine in ATX.