Dating responsible for teenagers
The declines appeared across race, geographic, and socioeconomic lines, and in rural, urban, and suburban areas.
"Even in families whose parents didn't have a college education...families are smaller, and the idea that children need to be carefully nurtured has really sunk in."The postponement of "adult activities" could not be attributed to more homework or extracurricular activities, the study said, noting that teens today spend fewer hours on homework and the same amount of time on extracurriculars as they did in the 1990s (with the exception of community service, which has risen slightly).
Nor could the use of smartphones and the Internet be entirely the cause, the report said, since the decline began before they were widely available.
Musser, who lives in Portland, Oregon, has had summer jobs but he has never drunk alcohol and says he is not curious to try.
When 17-year-old Quattro Musser hangs out with friends, they don't drink beer or cruise around in cars with their dates.
Rather, they stick to G-rated activities such as rock-climbing or talking about books.