Joshua Burkum is a bucket hat convert. Burkum didn’t really join the bucket brigade until he saw one of his favorite artists wearing them, Schoolboy Q.

“Bucket hats were ugly to me for a while but then I got used to seeing them around and I kind of got into them,” says Burkum, 18, from Roxbury.
Teens seem to change their fashion choices every other day – even for headgear. One time it’s tight-fit baseball caps and the next it’s baggy bucket hats. Jennifer Goodwin, 17, of Dorchester, says that she is the only one in her group of female friends who is really into bucket hats. “I religiously wear bucket hats,” says Goodwin. “If you see my Instagram, all you will see is me in a bucket hat. I always thought they were kind of chic but I never got the courage to wear it until last year.” Jonathan McCurbin, 19, of Roslindale, has been into bucket hats since he was a young boy. “Bucket hats are my thing,” he says. “My father has a bunch of them for when we go out fishing or sailing.” McCurbin began seeing more and more people get into the bucket hat trend over the past year. “I feel special that I was wearing them before they were in,” he says. “That’s always kind of cool.”
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Angela Lei, a junior at the John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science, is constantly on her phone, from using it on the train to being attached to it at home. It has gotten to the point where she is concerned about her interpersonal skills.

In today’s fast-paced culture, it is not uncommon to look around and see the majority of people looking down at screens. With things like texting and the Internet, it is not hard to understand the desire to be caught up with what is relevant. “I’m using it 24/7,” says Lei. For many teenagers, the convenience of having all of the answers at your fingertips is much too tempting to give up. Not only can you fi  home- work and research with ease, you can shop online, make dinner reservations, and buy movie tickets. After one gets used to the advantageous uses of technology, it is hard to stop. “People don’t know how to socialize anymore,” says Linh Vu, a junior at the O’Bryant. Society is so centered around technology that even the teenagers, who have grown up with it, have noticed the changes in their lifestyles. Holding onto the past will not help anyone, some teens say, but it also important to remember that technology is not everything.
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Twitter legend Daquan goes from 0 to 100 real fast, smokes weed, and takes his girls to the trap house. The Twitter-sphere is buzzing about Daquan, a fictional black figure notorious for disrupting the stereotypical safe white family by bringing its sons and daughters to the ’hood. He uses his ghetto persona to entice Caucasian teenagers, mostly girls, into joining his squad and becoming “black.” There are numerous accounts online where there is a photo of white teens getting scolded by their parents because of their change in behavior after hanging out with Daquan. Some of the memes say things like, “HOW DO YOU EXPECT DAQUAN TO PAY THESE BILLS!?” “CHILL MOM, HIS MIXTAPE DROPS IN A WEEK.” Vivian Greene, 15, from Boston Latin Academy, believes that this notion of white ignorance makes white women look bad. “I feel like the [message is] white girls should be submissive, have Daquan’s baby,” Greene says. According to knowyourmeme.com, Daquan was created on July 2nd when @RealRaymondJ sent a tweet with a photograph of a young white woman waving off her mother and saying: “Mom I don’t want a David, I want a Daquan.” The site @YahBoyDaquan attracted more than 45,000 followers and, according to the International Business Times, had more than 100,000 mentions in 24 hours. Sixteen-year-old David Buefort, who was recently in an interracial relationship, feels that the creation of Daquan points to society’s reluctance to accept mixed couples. “I wouldn’t say it’s a big deal, so they shouldn’t make it a big deal,” says Buefort, from Jamaica Plain. Youth worker Freddie Riley believes that both blacks and whites have been disrespected by the presence of Daquan -- with blacks falsely depicted as dangerous and whites as sheltered. “It’s being hurtful to any type of racially different relationship,” says Riley, a former member of the Black Student Union at UMass/Amherst. “It’s ignorant.”
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Jonathan Jovin, 17, says he likes to be single during the summer because that’s when teens want to have fun with others. He also believes that arguing in 90-degree weather does not add to the season. “It’s getting hot out,” says Jovin, from the Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers. “Why would you want to see the same person in hot weather when you can explore freely and meet new people?” As relationships form in high school, some teens put limits on them. Christelle Courtois, 14, a student at Excel High School, says she’d rather be single in summer. “There’s no limit to what I can do,” says Courtois. “No boyfriend, no problem.” Meanwhile, 17-year-old Alwyn Ponteen believes that if a season can affect your relationship then it was never truly real in the first place. “Everyone has their own reasons for waking up in the morning,” says Ponteen, who goes to the John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science, “and I’ll continuously wake up to the person I’m committed to regardless of what time of the year it is.”
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Are smartwatches the new must-have gadget for 2014-2015?

“I might get one,” says Odalys Garcia, 15, from Margarita Muñiz Academy. Basic smartwatches -- made popular by the “Inspector Gadget” cartoon series -- have been around since the ’80s, and have been constantly updated ever since. The latest ones are priced up to $300 and have many uses beyond telling time, from playing music to picking up phone calls to getting weather updates to taking pictures to monitoring your heart rate. Apple unveiled its new smartwatch earlier this month. The watches remove the struggle of taking your phone out of your pocket and they show you everything you need. “This generation is evolving so devices like smartwatches are made to make our lives easier,” says Cecilia Cabello, 15, from Another Course to College. Some teens can see a time when a smartwatch will become an indispensable device. “It looks like it will be an essential,” says Noelis Villalona, 15, from Muñiz Academy, “just like a phone.”
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