Today's US Teens 3 Years Behind Generation X When It Comes To Sex, Alcohol, Driving, And Jobs

Submitted by: trimble 1 month ago in Lifestyle


According to a new study from psychologists Jean Twenge and Heejung Park, teenagers instead prefer to sit at home, say no to drugs and alcohol, and scroll through a litany of social media apps, instead of hitting the open road with their first car, sneaking a couple bottles of beer out of their parents refrigerator, and trying to get to first base -- with anyone.

Researchers at San Diego State University suggest that spending more time online -- a habit that has increased 'markedly' -- could be a leading factor in the shift.

Well, duh.

An excerpt from Business InsiderThe study, published in the journal Child Development, analyzed survey responses from 8.3 million teenagers given between 1976 and 2016. Overwhelmingly, today's teens were found to be less likely to drive, work for pay, go on dates, have sex, or go out without their parents.

"This isn't just about parenting," Twenge told Business Insider. "It's also about teens themselves and the economy and fertility rates and people living longer."

Because there seems to be less of a need for modern teens to become adults, Twenge and Park's research suggests that today's 18-year-old more closely resembles a 15-year-old of the 1970s or '80s.

However, one of the most disturbing characteristics of Generation Z, or "iGen" in Twenge's parlance, is that suicide rates have now surpassed homicide rates. Twenge believes smartphones may play a crucial role. Gen Z is the first generation to be raised according to this slow-life strategy as smart phones became prominent. (Its members, after all, are the first to have no concept of life without the internet.) Instead of working or playing outside, teens are more likely to feel isolated and tethered to their devices.
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Male 6,147
Damn Social Networks. Rotting Teens brains, Spoiling the taste
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Male 15,270
High teenage suicide rate? Are you feeling great again, America?
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Male 3,470
Millennials are too lazy for alcohol and sex?  That's.. terrible?
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Male 135
You forget that parents also teach their children that EVERY stranger is a potential murderer/rapist, that any "awkward" interaction is to be avoided. "Why don't you just stay home?" or "No that's too dangerous". So any independent yearning the kid has is destroyed at the root from the earliest ages on till they are 18, then parents and society wonder why young people are still living at home well into their 20's and depressed. All the while having to hear all the stories of all the wild care-free shit their parents did when they were their age. All the muscle cars they had by the time they were 20, all the sex and drugs and charges that were dropped because no one wanted to harsh their buzz. The house they bought by the time they were 24. Yeah I totally get why people are topping themselves.
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Male 7,927
Uhhh fancylad this is in reference to this article i posted a couple of weeks back that I posted here:  https://www.i-am-bored.com/2017/08/the-i-generation









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Male 45
So, except for the jobs, great success?
No mention of the fact that this generation will be working into their 90s; that helps situate the apathy and suicide. 
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Male 1,743
I was just thinking the other day about how technology is *so pervasive* it's fundamentally changed the way people communicate.

Not too long ago, the only ways to communicate were in-person, via phone, or in a slow-traveling writing medium (e.g. a letter, a note).

Now writing is the primary method of communication (e.g. email, text messages, comments, twitter). Sure, there are also youtube videos, snapchats, animated GIFs, photos, etc., but primarily it's through text.

...and we all know that text-based communications can lead to more miscommunication. You lose a lot of the nuance and "flavor" of a person's tone when reading an email or text message.

Sure, there are emoticons and animated gifs and memes and whatnot, but a whole heck of a lot of nuance is still lost when communicating using technology, which increases the chance of a fundamental misunderstanding, which may be why it sure feels like the younger generation isn't as good at communicating or resolving conflict as older generations.

...or maybe I'm just becoming a crotchety old man yearning for the "good old days." Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference.
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Male 1,138
bliznik To make it worse, it's as if people do not even read the text half the time.  I can't count the number of times something like the following has happened to me, in e-mails and texts:

Me:  Ok, sounds great, would you prefer Option 1 or Option 2?
Person:  Yes!

You can put all the nuance you want, they don't read the whole thing and then give you a response that does no good.  Seriously, this happens to me at least once a week, and I don't text or e-mail as often as most people.
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Male 1,138
This is why my daughter has weekends where she is not allowed electronics at all.  She still gets to use them most of the time, but there are days where they are just off limits, so she has to learn other ways of interacting with people.  When we go over to friends houses that have kids her age, "no electronics, play with your friend."  And our friends parents do the same.  We also do things like day trips out to check out cool stuff and of course trips to Fiesta Texas and Sea World and the like.  

I really don't see how this is much different from TV though.  When TVs were first in homes, many parents just used the TV as the 24/7 babysitter.  People are doing the same thing with computers/tablets/smart phones nowadays.  They are glued to them themselves, or the TV, and just want something to distract their kids.  I get that, sometimes.  There are days I am like that.  Rough day at work, get home, eat dinner, wife goes to bed cause she works super early in the mornings now and I just want to play a game or watch TV.  Most days though, I hang out with my daughter, talk to her about school, read a book with her(right now, we are working our way, one chapter a night, though the entire Chronicles of Narnia).  Weekends we go swimming and hang out with other kids from the neighborhood.

I really think more parents need to do this.  Spend time with your kid.  Not just in the same room/house with them on electronics not talking.  It makes a huge difference.  I can already see the difference in my daughter and her cousins.  She is tons more independent.  She does not need me to go get her a glass of water, she can get up and get it herself.  She can practically make herself lunch and snacks most of the time.  She likes to have her own money and pay for her own stuff at the grocery store or convenience stores.  She can be on the computer, playing Roblox or something and when I say I am going to the store for something, she gets excited and wants to go.  You have to practically drag her cousins away.

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Male 15,270
waldo863 how's the sex?
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