Real Life Newspaper Headlines

“TEENAGERS ARE AS ADDICTED TO THEIR SMARTPHONES AS THEY ARE TO DRUGS”

LAZY ADDICTED UNAMBITIOUS CARELESS UNMOTIVATED ABUSE

(“Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Teenagers Have More Than Halved Over 10 Years”)

(Addicted to
Dancing;
Addicted to
Music;
Addicted to
Laughter;
Addicted to
Vibes;
Amidst dazzling lights, and smokeless air,
And rainbow hues, that flash and glare,
Protruding through the disco-dusk,
Music beats in time with hearts,
Bodies
Injected with the drug
Of youthful energy;
nothing else.)

“VIOLENCE SPREADS THROUGH TEEN SOCIAL CIRCLES LIKE A ‘CONTAGIOUS DISEASE’”

ATTACK KNIVES MINDLESS HARM HOSPITALISED DEAD

(“Petitions Spread Through Teen Social Circles in Waves of Activism”)

(Infectious
Passion in vibrant youths
Forms a thunderstorm of clattering finger tips,
As names are typed:
Signing, Submitting, Sharing, Signing, Submitting, Sharing,
Petitions ricocheting
Flashing fast from screen to screen to
Signature after signature, circulating, snowballing
Forcing through the fissures of the Internet –
Pushing into servers,
Generating explosions of interest,

Enacting change.)

“1 IN 4 TEENAGERS IS A CRIMINAL”

(“1 in 3 Teenagers Volunteer Every Month”)

(They have committed –
They are committing
To a cause, to a group, to a person,
Giving up time, giving up money, but not giving up.
A symbiosis between helper and helped,
Mutual gain, shared reward,
A benevolent pool of goodwill formed,
That floods
Out, around, in and through,
Washing over, reviving those who
Need aid.
They relish the warmth surging up through their body, into their chest, into their lips,
Pushing a smile onto their face,
Edging to the corners,
And leaping off to decorate the next.)


Written by Jodie Sheehan

Jodie Sheehan is a 19-year-old second year student at the University of York. As a student of English Literature, books are her life; she’s always reading, or writing about what she’s reading. Outside the book world, she’s loves adventure in the real world. Travelling and seeing new things are what make her tick and spurs her on, from small trips to Edinburgh Fringe, to never-ending treks up Machu Picchu, Jodie is on a quest to see the world – and get as much of it as possible down on paper on the way. For her, documenting the experience is all part of the fun: she strives to capture each moment in a flurry of photography and flowery language.