A new survey presents an interesting finding that would both make parents happy and alarmed as well. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted the biennial Youth Risk Behavior Survey in 2015.
The study found that a growing number of American teens living in cities are not into drinking, smoking, or having #sex. However, they use up to three hours every day playing #video games on their smartphones, computers, or game consoles.
Among their preferred games, the study found “Pokemon” and “Grand Theft Auto” are eating a lot of hours of 45.6 percent of city teens.
The time spent has grown from 41.7 percent in 2013 and 28.1 percent in 2005, New York Post reported.
City high school students who had sex went down to 27.2 percent in 2015 from 31.2 percent in 2013. Since the CDC started monitoring the sex activities of Grade 9 through Grade 12 students in 1997, the 27.2 percent is an all-time record low.
Figuring out the youth
The survey provides another insight into the minds and outlook of young people as the previous generation seeks a better understanding of the different behavior shown by today’s youth, particularly millennials. To figure out people born in the 1980s and 1990s, companies are willing to pay intergenerational consultants up to $20,000 an hour as the #Millennials become a part of the workforce..
According to the polls, young people are behaving differently from their parents, who are mostly Baby Boomers, in terms of vices. Alcohol consumption showed a 3.8 percent decline as the percentage of city teens who said they drank alcohol in the last 30 days was 20.9 percent in 2015 from 24.7 percent in 2013. Tobacco consumption is also lower at 5.8 percent in 2015 from 8.2 percent in 2013.
However, while the kids are spared from ill effects of smoking, drinking, and unprotected sex, by spending so much time playing games, they lead a sedentary life due to too many hours spent on video games.
Webseries for unattached millennials
However, despite the trend, some millennials still indulge in sex. Online dating facilitates their access to sex, which is what a new webseries titled “Sweet Nothings” say. The episodes run from three to nine minutes filled with funny dialogue and situations that the youth could relate with.
Taylor Mallory and Matthew Marder, alumni of Princeton, and Alissa Goldberg, an alumnus of Wesleyan, are the producers of the webseries about millennials. Mallory serves also as the writer, while Goldberg doubles as director.