03/09/2015 03:58 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

What Makes Age 12 The Most Awkward Year Of Your Life

"Being 12 means being a kid. A mature kid."

Growing up is painful no matter how you slice it, yet there's something about being 12 that's particularly awkward. In an adorable video made by WNYC, a group of 12 year-olds talked about how this "in-between" age can be kind of confusing.

"Dating when you're 12 is like kissing, holding hands [and] making 'Woman Crush Wednesdays' on Instagram," explained a female participant.

"I'm afraid to even go near girls 'cause I'm afraid they'll laugh at me," one boy said. "It's kind of scary."

The pre-teens also spoke about their fears ("zombie apocalypses"), responsibilities ("washing dishes") and dreams.

"[To] Meet Beyoncé and then we go eat ice cream," said one girl. "She sings to me -- we're like, best friends."

Eating ice cream with Beyoncé is a valid dream at any age, so ain't no shame in that.

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