For Melinda Rosa, shopping is like a hobby.
“It makes me feel good when I buy new things,” says Rosa, 16, from Dorchester. “The only downside about shopping is when I overdo it and spend a lot.”
Many teens try to stay trendy, purchasing the latest fashions and technology.
It helps them fit in. And it can give them a sense of independence.
“I started buying stuff on my own when I was 14.” says Linh Phan, a junior at Boston Latin Academy. “It was when I was buying my family Christmas gifts.”
The expectation of getting a paycheck and treating yourself is a positive feeling, teens say.
“I started buying my own stuff when I first got a job,” says Rosa.
Rayven Frierson, a junior from the John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science, says that more than the next big thing, she considers appearance and affordability in her clothing purchases.
“A trend may be valuable to others since they feel like it’s the hottest thing on earth,” she says. “I do not really think about trends. I just think about what shirt and pants would look good together.”