Procrastination is well known throughout most of the population, especially in highschool and university students. Parents see procrastination as irresponsible behavior, or just something that teens do. But, there are countless reasons for teens to procrastinate, some that they don’t know how to control. It tends to show up primarily with schoolwork and responsibilites they have.
The article “4 Reasons Why Teens Can’t Stop Procrastinating ” explains four reasons that teenagers may be procrastinating. It could be a sign of a mental illness and dealing with it in an unhealthy way. For example, a teen could be procrastinating as a way to rebel against a parental figure, or any other adult in their life. Others may do it because they have an undiagnosed condition, like depression, OCD, anxiety, etc. This clearly can have a negative effect on teens and their families. Some teens, they may not even realize that they are not having problems, and their families don’t notice. They could continue to have self doubt, which can be extremely harmful for their wellbeing. “The cure for this malady is elusive, because procrastination is an attempt to resolve underlying issues we are not necessarily aware of — like anger, perfectionism, and self-doubt. While it does eliminate the anxiety associated with these problems, the root causes remain.” Fortunately, there are ways to overcome negative self by realizing the damage, and come up with a solution for it.
In the second article “Procrastination or ‘Intentional Delay’? It gave information how undergraduate and graduate students also deal with procrastination. This shows that it is not just teen students, but other people who have a bit more experience “Graduate students worry about performing inadequately or fear their success may raise others’ expectations of them, he says. Other students may actually think they get a thrill out of delaying their work and believe they work best under pressure, though that’s not borne out in the experimental data, says DePaul University psychology professor Joseph Ferrari, PhD. Several studies in Steel’s 2007 meta-analysis suggest procrastination is negatively related to overall GPA, final exam scores and assignment grades.” Although, there is such a thing as healthy procrastination. That can end up leading to healthy styles of learning, and are successful to some. “They found that although active procrastinators reported the same level of procrastination as their traditional or passive counterparts, they demonstrated a productive use of time, adaptive coping styles and academic performance outcomes that were nearly identical to—and in some cases even better than—those of non-procrastinators.” It all depends on what type of procrastination it is, and if the students are using it in a healthy way, to their advantage, it can be beneficial. The struggle is just getting to the part where they are able to use procrastination as a strength and not a weakness.