The Brief: r/teenagers is a subreddit created by teenagers for teenagers as a place to share memes, vent about school, and share about the experience of being a teen.
Created in 2010 the Teenagers subreddit, r/teenagers has over 1.5 million subscribers. The community is an online forum for teenagers to share their common experiences. The subreddit’s description reads:
“r/teenagers is the biggest community forum run by teenagers for teenagers. Our subreddit is primarily for discussions and memes that an average teenager would enjoy to discuss about. We do not have any age-restriction in place but do keep in mind this is targeted for users between the ages of 13 to 19. Parents, teachers, and the like are welcomed to participate and ask any questions!”
The Teenagers sub hosts a variety of posts including memes, advice questions, and funny photos. The majority of the content is meme-related with many formats and themes intersecting with what’s popular on the Dank Memes subreddit.
Although it is open to people of all genders, r/teenagers is largely considered to be a male-dominated platform. A subreddit called r/feemagers has over 30,000 subscribers and features content specifically created for and by teenage girls.
Another teenage-specific subreddit r/teenagersnew describes itself as “An alternate, chiller place for teenagers to interact with each other. We are a small but active community based in /new.” This sub has over 45,000 subscribers and asks viewers to sort posts by “new” rather than “hot” so that content is presented chronologically by when it was posted rather than based on what Reddit’s algorithm has deemed to be popular or “hot.” The content in this community is generally more niche, “edgy,” and unpredictable than what can be found on the main Teenagers sub.
Below is a sampling of some of the types of memes and posts that are popular on the Teenagers subreddit.