Teenagers would not think of approaching their politician to help get them into work or solve a problem, a report has found.
Jonathan Birdwell of Demos said teenagers were relying on their local council and Parliament less and less:
Teenagers are motivated to make a difference in their community but the approach they take is radically different to previous generations.
They do not rely on politicians and others to solve the world's problems, but instead roll up their sleeves and power up their laptop and smartphone to get things done through crowd-sourced collaboration.
They value bottom-up social action over top-down politics, and social enterprise over Government bureaucracy.
Some four out of five teenagers feel unfairly represented by the media, which damages their self-esteem and chances of getting into work, according to new research.
Over two out of every five 14 to 17-year-olds quizzed as part of a poll by think tank Demos said unemployment was their biggest problem, with 85% believing false stereotypes were hitting their job prospects.
Many of those questioned said they would not turn to their local MP to resolve issues in their local community, revealing a belief that traditional politics was not the most effective way of dealing with concerns.