Youth Culture Stats and Trends:
1) Underage Drinking
The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at Georgetown University released a status report on underage drinking in the U.S.
See also: "Newer generations slower to curb alcohol use"
See also: Power Hour' drinking game ritual
See also: Drinking increases injury/death risk
See also: CPYU article, "BeerNormal and Fun?"
2) Teen Driver Deaths
USA Today examines teen driver risks, crashes, injuries and deaths.
See also: Pocket bike' injuries and risk
See also: All-terrain vehicle accidents among youth
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/115/3/e316 (free abstract) See also: Cell phone drivers
http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/NCSA/RNotes/2005/809847.pdf (5 page pdf file)
3) Cell Phones and Teens
Teen Research Unlimited, as reported by USA Today, says 35% of 12-15 year-olds, 58% of 16-17 year-olds, and 62% of 18-19 year-olds had a cell phone in 2004 (17%, 28% and 37%, respectively, in 2000).
See also: 44% of 10-18 year-olds own a cell phone.
See also: 180.5 million cell phone users
http://www.usatoday.com/printedition/money/20050314/2b_wireless14.art.htm See also: CPYU article about teen and cell phones
See also: Text Messaging stats
4) Truth® and Smoking
The American Legacy Foundation reports that there were 300,000 fewer youth smoker between 2000 and 2002 as a result of the truth® media campaign. http://www.americanlegacy.org/americanlegacy/skins/alf/display.aspx?CategoryID=907e9b8f-9978-476c-bcb2-a518dbd3c464&ObjectID=173ad2da-9171-4e39-8a7b-63b7b7928a97&Action=display_user_object&Mode=user&ModuleID=ad3a024a-b2d6-4593-874f-9b66136bc614 See also: Smoking and suicide risk
See also: Parents who quit smoking influence their children too http://www.fhcrc.org/news/science/2005/03/01/quit_smoking.html See also: Many Mississippi student athletes and coaches use tobacco http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=healthNews&storyID=2005-03-10T203013Z_01_B343095_RTRIDST_0_HEALTH-TOBACCO-ATHLETES-DC.XML
5) Media Multi-Tasking
The Kaiser Family Foundation reports on the pervasiveness of media in the lives of teens from a survey of 2000+ 3rd-12th graders. Overall, teens are exposed to 8:33 hours of media per day, often "multi-tasking". Also, in their bedrooms, 68% report having a TV set, 49% have a video game player, 54% have a VCR or DVD player, 31% have a computer, and 20% have Internet access.
See also: New video game rating category
See also: Christian media use beats out church attendance
6) Teen In-Room Media
The Gallup Tuesday Briefing reports that 64% of teens (70% boys and 58% girls) have a TV in their room, and 28% have their own Internet access computers in their room from a survey of 1,028 U.S. teens conducted between January and February 2005. Boys average 15 hours of TV viewing per...
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