All it takes is actually bothering to meet a teenager or three and you’ll see what I know to be true from meeting hundreds upon hundreds every year: they’re the same curious, sensitive, smart, compassionate, funny, questioning, brilliant people they’ve always been.

Patrick Ness. Well, yes, except for the ones who are boring, selfish, lazy, cruel, or unimaginative. Teenagers are just people, with pretty much the same distribution of virtues and vices as their elders. “Today’s teens are device-addicted ciphers” and “Today’s teens are creative, activist world-changers” are equally moronic memes.