Damn. What happened to this broken world of ours that teens are not as delinquent and ne’er do welling as they once were. Kids these days! They don’t drink! They don’t have sex! They don’t do drugs! They don't date! What is with all these very good kids?!?! Damn. Ruff McGruff, the dog that tells you not to do drugs could be out of a job very soon.
Overall, this study seems to show that children are growing up slower than the generations before them — which seems great at first, but this also results in a slower rise to independence. The study — as referenced on Time.com — was taken through 8.3 million adolescents, ages 13 to 19, and over the last 40 years. The study overall shows a drop in a lot of adult behavior — including dating, going out without your parents or getting their first job. This can be dangerous but also teen birthrates are lower and car accidents are too, so it’s a weird trade off.
The reasons for this are not concrete, but researchers have their theories. Some theorize that because human families are smaller and education takes a longer time to complete, that kids will be protected more. Others speculate that due to the rise in smart phones, teens can communicate with their friends without leaving their house, allowing them to interact with their friends without a lot of more uncomfortable adult growths. Whatever the reason, it’s an interesting study.
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