Preteen

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In the preteen age, the individual goes through changes that are shocking to himself or herself, and to everyone else.

A preteen or preteenager is a person in the stage of human development through childhood that is generally said to occur before the age of 13. Sociologists and psychologists recognize the Internet as the primary medium that defined and popularized the term "preteen."

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Use of Google Images suggests that this is the attire of a typical preteen. It also suggests that 98.5% of all preteens are female.

While the range of the preteen years was vague when the term was first used in the 1950s, it is now clearly defined. The preteen years are identified as the ages from 7 to 12[1], or 8 to 12[1], or 9 to 12[1], or 7 to 13[1], or 8 to 13[1], 9 to 13[1], or 11 and 12. However, some sources claim a different age range[2]. In women's gymnastics, the preteen years are extended, and range from 8 to 16. In pornography, "preteen" includes any woman who appears to be under the age of 23.

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Preteen children have a different view of the world from younger children in significant ways.

edit Realistic view of present and future

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The preteen:

  • May have a fear of real-world dangers that could be anywhere, whereas younger children fixate on real-world dangers to the extent that they might be hiding under the bed.
  • Have a more developed sense of the future and predicting the likely effects of their actions. Younger children do not, as they have not yet studied astrology.
  • Have more realistic job expectations. While a younger child says, "I want to be an engineer when I grow up", the preteen insists that he has grown up.

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  • Have a different view on morality and necessities, realizing that having the latest doll or toy is not a fundamental necessity, but having the latest High School Musical DVD is.
  • Often have more responsibilities, such as mowing the lawn in summer, shoveling snow in winter, delivering papers in their neighborhood, and dealing drugs at school.
  • Are responsible for younger siblings and relatives, becoming babysitters instead of being babysat, as well as getting younger children hooked on whatever drugs they sell.

edit Relationships and self-identity

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Preteens love wearing make-up and jewelry in order to look more attractive.

  • View human relationships differently, such as noticing the flawed, human side of authority figures such as parents, teachers, and school principals.
  • Begin to develop a sense of self-identity, seeing themselves as superior to parents, teachers, and principals.

edit Romantic and sexual feelings

  • Develop more mature, sensible, realistic thoughts and actions. Instead of falling in love with the Black Stallion in the movie, they may fall in love with the black stallion next door.
  • Begin to move out of the "emotional playground," and experience more mature feelings of limerence, puppy love, or lust outside of the playground.
  • Start caring more about their appearance by wearing fashionable clothing, jewelry including earrings, make up, micro mini-skirts, thongs and bikini tops (this also applies to girls).
  • Direct sexual feelings toward a favorite celebrity. Unfortunately, for a preteen girl in the Southern United States, this may interfere with the preteen's relationship with her husband.

edit Popular culture

  • May become more exposed to, and interested in, popular culture, especially in bottles with screw-tops, than do younger children.
  • Are a primary target of advertisers and marketeers who aim to get their hands in preteens' pockets (or, in countries where the average preteen makes less than the annual budget of Zimbabwe, their parents' pockets).
  • In Western society, they become obsessed with pop culture for preteens, as found on the Disney Channel; older celebrities, such as Jamie Lynn Spears and Miley Ray Cyrus; and movies geared toward preteens, such as High School Musical, Thunderbirds, and The Exorcist.
  • In Eastern society, celebrities who are older than preteens become more obsessed with them. Likewise at Neverland.

edit Psychologists on preteens

Sigmund Freud termed preadolescence the latency period, which he saw as a period of unparalleled suppression of sexual desires and erogenous impulses. Modern psychologists point out that Freud made his observations during the Victorian Era, in which everyone suppressed sexual desires and erogenous impulses.

During Freud's latency period, children directed this repressed libidinal energy into asexual pursuits such as school, athletics, and same-sex friendships. He saw this as a time of relative calm when there was little psychosexual conflict, and unconscious conflicts and drives were "driven underground" and were therefore relatively inaccessible and unavailable. But soon puberty arrives, and the genitals, which were "the favorite plaything of healthy infants,"[3] once again became a central focus of libidinal energy.

Psychologist Hakim Bey and other 20th-Century psychologists found errors in Freud's analysis. A 1950s study by Focus on the Family[4] first recognized the existence of the pedophile. The connection between the two was not made until much later, and was not thoroughly documented until the invention of the Internet. Psychologists now recognize that preteens and pedophiles have a symbiotic relationship.[5]

edit Tween

Tween is an American neologism and marketing term for "preteen". A blend of between and teen,[6][7] this sometimes refers to the 10-year span between the young teen years of middle school, and the young teen years of adult websites. But it may also refer to preteens.

The term was previously used in J.R.R. Tolkien's 1954 novel The Lord of the Tweens in which it refers to Hobbits in their twenties: "...tweens as Hobbits called the irresponsible twenties between childhood and the coming of age at thirty-three."[8] In this context, the word is a portmanteau of twenty and teen, and has no connection to preteens, the American marketing niche, or to this article. But it does explain marketeers and parents who continue to try to force preteens to act and dress like young women, as Frodo Baggins himself turned a few tricks on his way to Mordor.

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edit References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 New Oxford American Dictionary. 2nd Edition. 2005. Oxford University Press.
  2. Dobson, Charles. The Healthy Sexualization of Modern Children. 5th Edition. 2010. Focus on the Family Press.
  3. Freud, Sigmund."Genital Stimulation of the Human Infant" from Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality (Drei Abhandlungen zur Sexualtheorie). 1905.
  4. Dobson, Charles. The Healthy Sexualization of Modern Children. 1st Edition. 1952. Focus on the Family Press.
  5. Chan, Kuma. The Preteen and The Pedophile: Interdependence as Evidenced in the Nation of Japan. Pedobear Publishing. 2007.
  6. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. Eleventh Edition. 2003. Merriam-Webster.
  7. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. Fourth Edition. 2000. Houghton Mifflin Company.
  8. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Tweens; The Fellowship of the Tweens Copyright 1965 by J.R.R Tolkien; Ballbuster Books, A Division of Random House Inc. SBN 345-24032-4-150
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Childhood
Stages of human development
Preadolescence

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