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Why are teenagers so morbid? Is it the dawning realisation of mortality and impermanence?
Written by Jake Rayson Rayson, Contributor on

Why are teenagers so morbid? Is it the dawning realisation of mortality and impermanence? Or a rebellion against the feelgood, sunshine, ‘these are the best years of your life, you’d better not mess them up’ media portrayal of youth?

We had a teenager to stay a few weeks ago, and throughout she lurked in the twilight of her room, curtains drawn, glued to vampire films and Facebook. She told us about a web site which could predict the date and manner of your death. Spooky. What made me laugh, in a squeamish sort of way, was the big, bold advert on the page. Can you guess what it was for? Yep, life insurance :)

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