US teens slower to drink or have sex than previous generation – study

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US teenagers are growing up slower than previous generations, avoiding adult activities such as drinking alcohol and having sex until later in life, according to a new study.

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Researchers at San Diego State University and Bryn Mawr College analyzed seven large surveys of 8.3 million 13  to 19-year-olds between 1976 and 2016.

The results of the study have been published in the journal Child Development.

“The developmental trajectory of adolescence has slowed, with teens growing up more slowly than they used to,” lead author Jean M. Twenge said.

Teens are also leaving it longer to take up adult responsibilities such as driving and working.

“In terms of adult activities, 18 year olds now look like 15-year-olds once did,” Twenge added.

The research team says the surveys were nationally representative, reflecting the population of US teens in terms of gender, race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, and geographic region.

Each teen was asked how they spent their time and how often they took part in adult activities such as drinking alcohol, working, driving, dating and having sex.

According to the study, the decline may be linked to the substantial increase in time teens spend online. The report dismissed homework and extracurricular activities as contributing factors.

The paper noted the importance of social and historical contexts in influencing the speed of development, explaining that certain cultures promote a ‘slow life’ strategy while others embrace a fast lifestyle involving adult activities during adolescence.

It said teens were less likely to engage in adult behavior when families had fewer children, a higher median income, and during periods of time when fewer people died of communicable diseases.

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“Our study suggests that teens today are taking longer to embrace both adult responsibilities (such as driving and working) and adult pleasures (such as sex and alcohol),” co-author of study Heejung Park said.

“These trends are neither good nor bad, but reflect the current US cultural climate.”

Via RT. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license.

  • anonymous4u4me

    I would hesitate to have sex today also knowing that sexually transmitted disease’s are so common, and it is said by some the number is 1 in 4 has a sexual disease. As far as the drinking, perhaps with legal pot and other street drugs they might not drink as much as past teens.

  • Arrested development?

  • franknfree

    This begs the question: if nobody is having sex, how do 1 in 4 have STDs?

  • darthangel

    This was actually the goal all along, today’s kids are so micromanaged and exposed to sexual messages, they don’t know how to form healthy relationships. Feminists and others wanted this because it leads to population control. Same thing is happening in Japan, more 20-30 year olds are reporting never having had sex. Sad.

    They tore apart the paradigm of marriage and family to control population. They knew all along their “sexual revolution” would lead to less healthy relationships.

  • garwain

    They’re too busy trying to figure out which toilet to use and If you need to disconnect from your iPad for more than a few seconds it causes a dizzy spell.