A new study supports what any parent of a teenage girl already knew — that adolescent girls spend their lives arguing with people, tearfully making up, and arguing all over again.
The survey of hundreds of parents by manufacturers of feminine hygiene products said that teen girls argue with their mothers on average 183 times a year — or once every two days.
In between the punch-ups with mom they fight 257 times on average each year with siblings, slam 164 doors and fall out with their friends 127 times. And they cry over boys on average 123 times a year.
After all of that, they spend an average of 274 hours on the phone to their friends, the survey by Li-Lets revealed.
Arguments over the tidiness of bedrooms, unsuitable boyfriends and impudence to parents dominated the rows, the survey found.
Meanwhile a quarter of grown women, looking back at their teen years, agreed they had been a positive menace and regretted the effect their behavior had on the rest of their family.
The women said it was only when they reached the age of 23 that they began to appreciate what their mothers had done for them, and they regarded an 25-year age gap as ideal in a mother-daughter relationship.
Two-thirds of women said they felt they owed a great debt to their mothers, but only 22 per cent agreed that women and girls and their mothers should share every intimate secret.
A third of the women surveyed said they would be reluctant to discuss their monthly period with their mothers, and two-thirds shuddered at the idea of discussing contraception or sex.