Study Shows That Today’s Teens Are Growing Up Much More Slowly Than Their Parents Did

by Gwendolyn Plummer
Gwen is a writer, reader, hockey fan, concert goer, and lunchtime enthusiast.

If you’ve ever felt like your kids aren’t growing up as fast as you did, you might be on to something.

According to a study in the journal Child Development, today’s teens are growing up at a much slower rate than previous generations — and there are a few reasons why.

The study compared teens in the 1970s, ’80s, ’90s, and today. Throughout the decades, 8 million teens between the ages of 13 and 19 have responded to the surveys.

The research showed that only 63% of 12th graders today have gone on a date, down from 86%. There are similar statistics for the number of teens who have admitted to drinking alcohol, having sex, having a paying job, and having a driver’s license.

Researchers have put forward a few ideas as to why today’s teens are growing up at such a slow pace, including the rise of the internet, which affects problem-solving skills.

While I would have loved to stay a kid for as long as possible and definitely support staying young while you can, I also think it’s important to get young people prepared for college and adult life while they are still at home.

Putting off sex and alcohol until you’re older may be good — or maybe it’s better to learn about those things while you’re young. What do you think?

Check out the video below to learn more about this study, and please SHARE this video on Facebook to see what your friends and family think!

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