Teen Procrastination

By Michael Kirkpatrick

Procrastinating is becoming a major problem in modern day teens. According to Wikipedia, “procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the “last minute” before the deadline.”

After interviewing just a small group of students at The Brook Hill School, I saw some rather self-explanatory results.

Out of the students asked, all say they procrastinate. Half said they procrastinate on every school assignment and the others on about half.

The most common replacement for doing homework was the phone. Other procrastination distractions include guitar, sleep, TV, Netflix, the internet, sports, and some say they’d rather do anything than do homework.

When asked if they thought they could get more work done without the distraction of those things, just over half said that they thought they would. When asked why they didn’t do away with the detractions the only answer was that it was more fun to be on their phone than to do their work.

I believe that procrastination in teens is beginning to take a toll on their grades and also their ability to be successful in their future. And, as a first step to fixing this problem, we should both encourage and urge teens to do their work when they get it and stop waiting until the last second.


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