In the latest Switched-On poll, we asked whether or not you talk to your friends when something upsets you. The votes were spread pretty evenly, but…

In the latest Switched-On poll, we asked whether or not you talk to your friends when something upsets you. The votes were spread pretty evenly, but the clear choice for many was that you don’t talk to your friends when something upsets you because you don’t think they’ll take it seriously.   Sometimes people don’t want to tell others about their problems because then they’ll feel weak, as if having feelings or being human makes you uncool. If someone is your friend then you both should be able to talk about stuff with a little more depth than TV, music, and gossip. I don’t want to seem harsh, but if you look around and can’t find a friend to confide in them, that’s either your friends are really mean and self-centered or you can’t see that they could actually help and listen to you.   For my own friends I’m confident that they’ll take any of my problems seriously, but they also let me know when I’m over reacting to something, which is the case half the time. I know that sometimes I complain about everything under the sun, which I’ve heard gets annoying, but my friends either validate my concerns and help, or they slap me back to reality when I’m being melodramatic. So here’s a newsflash: all teenagers complain, have some problem going on, or (and I can’t believe I have to say this) have feelings as every human does, so a helping hand is always available among your peers – you just have to buck up and ask for their help.  Isn’t that the whole point of having friends?   – Ruben

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