You should know you have a problem when you are willing to drug your parents to avoid a 10 pm Internet curfew. That is what one teenager and her friend did on New Years Eve so they could continue using the Internet past the normal 10 pm cutoff. They are now in sooo much trouble.
According to The Sacramento Bee and Ars Technica, two Placer County, California teenage girls, 15 and 16, spiked the milkshakes of one of the girls parents with prescription sleeping pills. After only drinking one fourth of the milkshakes the parents fell asleep and woke up the next morning wondering what had happened.
The parents of one of the fifteen year old normally turned web access off at 10 pm. Apparently their daughter and her friend decided that they had to be able to access the Internet later than 10 pm on New Year’s Eve. So they offered to pick up fast food milkshakes for the parents and drugged them. What a really bad idea that was.
The next day after waking up the parents got suspicious and went to the police station to get cheap home drug kits. Normally parents use them to test their kids but this time they tested themselves and found out that low and behold the shakes tasted funny because of prescription additives. They contacted the police and their daughter and her friend were arrested. They were arrested as juveniles.
According to The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, our brains don’t stop growing and maturing until well into our 20’s. Prior to that teen brains are ruled more by the “amygdala which is responsible for instinctual reactions including fear and aggressive behavior” and less by the frontal cortex which controls reasoning. That leads to the kind of poor decision that these girls made. It also explains the many stupid Facebook posts like the one mentioned on Blorge about the Oregon teenager that posted that he had been driving drunk and hit a few cars while he was at it.
The Academy says that the following characteristics are true for most teens.
Based on the stage of their brain development, adolescents are more likely to:
- act on impulse
- misread or misinterpret social cues and emotions
- get into accidents of all kinds
- get involved in fights
- engage in dangerous or risky behavior
Adolescents are less likely to:
- think before they act
- pause to consider the potential consequences of their actions
- modify their dangerous or inappropriate behaviors
Whatever the girls were doing on the Internet that night, their behavior clearly fell into the “engage in dangerous or risky behavior” category and they clearly didn’t “pause to consider the potential consequences of their actions.
Nothing on the Internet is worth is worth a juvenile record and seriously angry parents.