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I Asked Teenagers Personal Questions, These Are the Answers

I asked my friends who are 16 - 17 years of age 10 personal and thought provoking questions.


Question 1: What is a regret you have?

  • "Can't think of one."
  • "Not standing up for myself when I was younger."
  • "Not doing as much as I could have and having fun."
  • "Telling someone I loved them, only for them to break my heart."
  • "Misbehaving as a child."
  • "Acting like a brat."
  • "Not taking risks when the opportunity was given to me."
  • "For not studying my English in primary school."

Question 2: What are 2 things you dislike about yourself?

  • "My weight and skin."
  • "My anxiety, body shape."
  • "My self-esteem and weak joints."
  • "My weight and teeth."
  • "Nose and teeth."
  • "That I'm bad at talking to new people and that I cry when I'm frustrated."
  • "My tendency to be jealous, my legs."
  • "My big butt and my height."

Question 3: What makes you feel most alive?

  • "When I'm out in the bush."
  • "Music and horse riding."
  • "Being with friends and doing something I enjoy."
  • "Rollercoasters and adrenaline."
  • "Boxing training."
  • "Being under the night sky when it's raining."
  • "My family, friends and my faith."
  • "Staying in my room and and doing practical activities."

Question 4: Have you ever had suicidal thoughts?

  • "Yes."
  • "Technically, no."
  • "Yes."
  • "Yes."
  • "Yes, for stupid reasons."
  • "Yes."
  • "No."
  • "Yes."

Question 5: What's something that offends you?

  • "Maybe when people say, "Kill sharks because they are killers." when people are killers too."
  • "Being rude about religion."
  • "People saying bad things."
  • "When people point out my insecurities."
  • "People picking with people I'm friends with or related to."
  • "Pointing out anything negative involving my physical appearance."
  • "Mockery towards my faith."
  • "Bad table manners and people being cringe."

Question 6: What's something you wish you could tell your parents/ other parents?

  • "Probably my true feelings about something."
  • "Thank you, parenting is hard, I respect you."
  • "My sexuality."
  • "About some stuff I'm struggling with."
  • "Nothing."
  • "I think I'm broken."
  • "I wish I could tell them to understand that we live a different life now, compared to them."
  • "That you shouldn’t put high expectations onto your kids who’s having mental health."

Question 7: What is the biggest 'What If' in your mind?

  • "What if I'm not pretty enough?"
  • "What if I don't like the same things that I do when I'm older?"
  • "What if they hate me?"
  • "What if I never find the right guy?"
  • "What if I moved to this country as a child?"
  • "What if I fail?"
  • "What if I don't fall in love, or achieve my ambitions?"
  • "What if I wasn't able to live a good life?"

Question 8: Have you ever had an unrequited love? if so how did it make you feel?

  • "No."
  • "No."
  • "No."
  • "Yes, I felt strange. I didn't know how to react."
  • "No."
  • "No."
  • "I mean, I guess. I guess it made me feel quite shy, and annoyed with the fact that I didn’t put in effort."
  • "Yes back in primary school but it made me shy and awkward around her because I was afraid of her rejecting me."
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Question 9: What in life, is beautiful to you?

  • "Nature."
  • "Kindness."
  • "The sky."
  • "Nature and animals."
  • "Spending time with friends."
  • "Laughing so hard that you can't breathe."
  • "Love and people loving each other."
  • "The many cultures that we have and the various different food out there that I’ve yet to eat."

Question 10: What do you feel like screaming to the world?

  • "I don't have perfect skin, but that doesn't mean you have to look at me."
  • "I am enough."
  • "I hate the way I feel about myself but idk how to fix my mental state."
  • "Make peace again."
  • "Be happy, not angry."
  • "Do not underestimate me."
  • "Jesus loves you."

© 2020 Natalie Zappa


Kalpana Iyer from India on September 27, 2020:

The number of your friends who replied "Yes" to having suicidal thoughts and not being happy with their physical appearance broke my heart. I feel teens nowadays are facing more stress than ever before. Social media plays a big part in that.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 22, 2020:

You have exceptional friends, which is no surprise :-)

Natalie Zappa (author) from Western Australia on September 22, 2020:

Hi, I just sent a quiz I made to my friends who agreed to being okay with this.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 22, 2020:

How very interesting. Amazing answers. How did you pick who to ask?

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