Most Irresponsible Teenagers
Teenagers do a lot of stupid things. But teenagers today to stupid things a lot less than teenagers in the past. Granted, new risky behaviors have come on to the scene, such as vaping and e-cigarettes. But the more traditional ones such as alcohol use, cigarettes smoking, lack of seat belt use and unsafe sex, while less prevalent today than in decades past, are still more common than these new ones.
Arizona Teenagers the Most Irresponsible
Pressure to fit in will make even the most responsible teenagers make bad choices. That’s national dilemma that’s existed among teenagers of years. But it’s supposedly worse in Arizona. The decision making part of the brain is not developed until age 22 and males at age 30, so when you’re looking at risky decision making and impulsivity, it’s an underdeveloped brain. Nearly 10 percent of Arizona teenagers in the study admitted to trying cocaine, 35 percent to drinking alcohol in the last month, and a whopping 45 percent said they did not use a condom during their last sexual encounter.
Health Grove used data from the federal government’s High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey to determine where the most irresponsible teenagers in America live. The rankings were determined based on the percentage of teens who said they had consumed alcohol, tobacco, narcotics or engaged in risky sexual behaviors. Though the numbers are down, there will always be some level of delinquency among teenagers. Health Grove examined the variety of irresponsibility index that takes the six most common ones into account.
The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System data, which is released by the federal government each year. Looks at ” six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults”.
Behaviors that contribute to uninternational injuries and violence
Sexual behaviors related to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection
Alcohol and other drug use
Unhealthy dietary behaviors
Inadequate physical activity
Overall students appeared to report health risk behaviors reliably over time. But several items need to be examined further to determine whether they should be revised or deleted in future versions of the YRBS.