Being Grounded vs. Being in Jail
One Friday night you snuck out with a couple of friends to go to a party your parents ruled that you aren't allowed to go to. After a long night of fun, you sneak back into your home laughing on the inside to see that you got away with your scheme. The next morning, you see a note on your door saying, “You’ve been caught and you’re grounded, Love Mom” and you also notice that the TV, computer, and your cell phone are missing. Luckily you've gotten home safely and are not thrown in jail for under aged drinking. Although being grounded and being in jail are two entirely different types of punishment, these two aspects are also different in terms of living situation, company, and state of sanity.
Some would say being grounded is 'The end of the world', but in reality it is way better than what it is made out to be. Being grounded, the living situation changes in terms of entertainment, but the environment in the home as a whole doesn't. Of course a few privileges may have been taken away from your parents, such as not having a TV, a cell phone, or internet, but individuals are still confined in a environment they're very well accustomed and comfortable to. Whatever it may be that is confiscated or is off limits by the parental units, everyone tends to find a substitute to replace the void of not having anything to do to lessen the blow. For example, if the TV has been taken away, resort to reading a book or two. Also, parents still provide their children with food, shelter, and their unconditional love despite the fact they've taken away their privileges.
Another difference from being grounded versus being in jail is that when you're grounded, you still have company at home to fill in the void. If you're one of the individuals that aren't the only one amongst your family, then your siblings, relatives, or other family members can make your punishment of being grounded less...