50+ Teens Prove On Twitter That Kids These Days Aren't So Bad After All

by Elana

With all due respect, we're fully aware that 19-year olds aren't "kids," but when you've moved past the stage of life where you're a teenager, it's hard not to see teens as kids anymore. Teenagers in the last few years have taken a huge hit from older generations and have been looked down on a lot, especially with the heavy emergence of social media viral "trends."

Per Wikipedia: "Generation Z, colloquially also known as zoomers, is the demographic cohort succeeding Millennials and preceding Generation Alpha. Researchers and popular media use the mid-to-late 1990s as starting birth years and the early 2010s as ending birth years."

Pew Research has determined that Gen Z is "more racially and ethnically diverse than any previous generation, and they are on track to be the most well-educated generation yet." Gen Z gets a lot of muck thrown their way, but there's honestly a whole lot to appreciate about this tech-savvy, well-educated generation that also happens to have the collective sense of humor that deserves a metric ton more appreciation than it's ever gotten.

Seriously, even if humor is often a coping mechanism for individuals, being able to laugh and make others laugh is truly a gift and some scientific research even suggests that being funny is a mark of intelligence. So, check out these radically awesome teenagers from the last few years who took to Twitter to prove once and for all the kids are alright.

1. Does anyone else feel like Ryan Reynolds himself would love this, too?

1. Does anyone else feel like Ryan Reynolds himself would love this, too?
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2. Hello darkness, my old friend.

2. Hello darkness, my old friend.
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3. Okay, on second thought, THIS is what nightmares are made of.

3. Okay, on second thought, THIS is what nightmares are made of.
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4. What if, indeed?? What the heck if??

4. What if, indeed?? What the heck if??
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5. Okay, but, same.

5. Okay, but, same.
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6. This gal is GOING places.

6. This gal is GOING places.
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According to WeForum, researchers in Austria recently discovered that funny people, "particularly those who enjoy dark humor," have higher IQs than their less funny peers. The researchers argued "that it takes both cognitive and emotional ability to process and produce humor" and their analysis also showed "funny people have higher verbal and non-verbal intelligence, and they score lower in mood disturbance and aggressiveness."

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7. The job market is supposed to be rough but this just seems easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy.

7. The job market is supposed to be rough but this just seems easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy.
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8. Anyone else wondering where he is now?

8. Anyone else wondering where he is now?
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9. This is a crisis of epic proportions.

9. This is a crisis of epic proportions.
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10. She is beauty, she is grace.

10. She is beauty, she is grace.
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11. This is the mark of an incredible human.

11. This is the mark of an incredible human.
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12. The artist.

12. The artist.
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13. Some things in life are particularly awkward, I suppose. Even if they are hysterical.

13. Some things in life are particularly awkward, I suppose. Even if they are hysterical.
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14. Congratulations.

14. Congratulations.
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Pew Research also recognized that Gen Z are "digital native" who have virtually no "memory of the world as it existed before smartphones." Millennials were regarded as "early adopters" of technology and were the first generation to be raised with personal technology.

Millennials and Gen Z have something in common, as well: their views on key social and policy issues. Research from 2018 shows that both Millennials and Gen Z "are progressive and pro-government, most see the country’s growing racial and ethnic diversity as a good thing, and they’re less likely than older generations to see the United States as superior to other nations."

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15. I don't even want to know.

15. I don't even want to know.
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16. Interesting.

16. Interesting.
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17. Honestly, again, same.

17. Honestly, again, same.
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18. This is way better.

18. This is way better.
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19. Dad just wanted you to taste it.

19. Dad just wanted you to taste it.
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20. Video based social media has done this to us.

20. Video based social media has done this to us.
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21. Future leaders of the world.

21. Future leaders of the world.
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22. Pretty much.

22. Pretty much.
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23. To her credit, this is pretty cool.

23. To her credit, this is pretty cool.
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24. Life-saving financial advice from Gen Z.

24. Life-saving financial advice from Gen Z.
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25. This explains a lot.

25. This explains a lot.
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While research shows that Gen Z is on track to be the most well-educated generation so far, it's likely related to the fact that Gen Zers are more likely to have college-educated parents. Pew Research says:

"n 2019, 44% of Gen Zers ages 7 to 17 were living with a parent who had a bachelor’s degree or more education, compared with 33% of Millennials when they were the same age. Both of these trends reflect the overall trend toward more Americans pursuing higher education."

26. Just do it.

26. Just do it.
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27. Crocs are equal parts ugly, comfortable, and indestructible apparently.

27. Crocs are equal parts ugly, comfortable, and indestructible apparently.
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28. This is how money effects you I guess.

28. This is how money effects you I guess.
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29. That's the most terrifying jack-o-lantern I've ever seen.

29. That's the most terrifying jack-o-lantern I've ever seen.
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30. Blocked Goals

30. Blocked Goals
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31. Petty has a new champion.

31. Petty has a new champion.
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32. How did they guess this??

32. How did they guess this??
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33. What. Is. Highlighter??

33. What. Is. Highlighter??
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34. Fair enough.

34. Fair enough.
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35. Wholesome as heck.

35. Wholesome as heck.
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36. True Love.

36. True Love.
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37. She knows what's up.

37. She knows what's up.
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38. The kids are ALRIGHT!

38. The kids are ALRIGHT!
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39. Horrifying.

39. Horrifying.
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40. ...Yes.

40. ...Yes.
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41. A little depressing but also a little too relatable.

41. A little depressing but also a little too relatable.
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Further evidence suggests that while humor, dark humor especially, is linked to intelligence, that it's also linked to "high emotional intelligence and is a highly desirable quality in a partner." Astonishingly, WeForum also wrote that "evolutionary psychologists describe humour as a “heritable trait” that signals mental fitness and intellectual agility to prospective mates."

They also wrote that:

"In studies of attractiveness, both men and women rate funny people as more attractive, and cite having a good sense of humour as being one of the most important traits in a long-term partner."

42. Good point, Kylie.

42. Good point, Kylie.
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43. Oh no.

43. Oh no.
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44. You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.

44. You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
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45. Successful.

45. Successful.
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46. Not the chicken nuggets.

46. Not the chicken nuggets.
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47. Mom really said, "you're there to learn, not get nasty."

47. Mom really said,
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48. What an epic save.

48. What an epic save.
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49. What else can we do?

49. What else can we do?
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50. Now this is what I call GOALS.

50. Now this is what I call GOALS.
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51. Nicely played.

51. Nicely played.
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52. Honestly though.

52. Honestly though.
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53. This man is a treasure.

53. This man is a treasure.
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54. That's how you do it.

54. That's how you do it.
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55. Team work is the dream work.

55. Team work is the dream work.
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Without a doubt, it's time to stop dunking on Gen Z just because some of them once ate tide pods. They're intelligent, empathetic, and resilient.

Gen Z is the future we need, whether or not it's the one we deserve remains to be seen. These funny teenagers are going to do great things and that's just not something you should try to argue with.

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