If you go down to the bookshop today, you might be a little surprised.
It seems to me the stereotypical image of a teenager is a hooded youth with earphones holding either a phone or a laptop.
But this picture might just be a little wrong.
It’s not just parents. Adults in general seem to be worrying about the amount of time young people spend on the internet. However, I don’t see the the cause for worry for teenagers.
I do, however, see it for our adults.
Take my mother for example. She has an iPad that she uses solely for e-mails, Facebook and Candy Crush. She may also murder me after this.
The point I’m trying to make is that even when my mum moans at me for spending too much time blogging or staring at pictures of Benedict Cumberbatch, I probably spend more time reading than she does.
Yes, that’s right. When my neck hurts from craning in the most uncomfortable browsing positions I can find, I turn to my bookshelf. Maybe not as often as I used to, but I do.
But do you know what the amazing thing is? I found other people like me on the internet. Young readers and writers who struggle finding time to actually do what they love. Because, believe it or not, you can actually read on the internet.
There is a plethora of undiscovered writers that could match up to any author. Some of them are actually even better.
So, the next time you see a younger person rapidly typing away on their phone, don’t assume they’re just texting because they could be writing the world’s next literary phenomenon.
Let’s just hope it isn’t the next ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’.
*Lauren is a student at Braes High School.