Life as a Teenager in 1994, 2014, and 2034 – What a difference a generation makes! – Part One

Futurist Thomas Frey: How quickly we forget. Events of 20 years ago seem like a distant memory, but 1994 was the year when Nelson Mandela was elected President of South Africa, O.J. Simpson was arrested for killing his wife, huge massacres were happening in Rwanda and Sarajevo, and China got its first connection to the Internet.

 

 

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Texting while driving kills more U.S. teens than drunk driving

Texting behind the wheel is much more dangerous than driving drunk because of the frequency in which teenagers send texts verses how often they drink.

A new study has found that texting while driving has now replaced drunk driving as the number one cause of teenage deaths on the road in the U.S.

 

 

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Legal medical marijuana shops do not boost drug use in teens: Colorado study

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There is no correlation between an uptick in recent teen drug use and the increased availability of pot.

Teen pot use has not been boosted by the surge in outlets for legal medical marijuana, according to a new study by economists at University of Colorado Denver and other colleges.

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Is there really an epidemic of teens taking ADHD drugs to get good grades?

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Data shows clearly that we are not even close to the all time peak of misuse of prescription stimulants by high-school students.

According to a front page story in Sunday’s New York Times, there’s an epidemic in America’s selective high schools: high-achieving students under pressure to succeed are increasingly abusing stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall, which they consider as essential as SAT tutors for getting into an Ivy League college.  But the data from national surveys on stimulant use tells a very different story.

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Energy drinks are destroying teens’ teeth

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Energy drink habit among teens is causing irreversible damage to teeth as the high acidity levels in the drinks erode tooth enamel.

Scientists have warned that teenagers’ love of energy drinks is taking a terrible toll on their teeth.  A study published in the Academy of General Dentistry charted an alarming increase in the consumption of both energy and sports drinks among young adults in the U.S. who use them to help get through the day.

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Teens drinking hand sanitizer is a new troubling trend

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Using hand sanitizer to get drunk is similar to earlier get-wasted fads of young people downing mouthwash or cough syrup.

Teenagers are trying to get drunk by guzzling hand sanitizer in a troubling new trend.  Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles reports that six area teens have landed in emergency rooms with alcohol after drinking the cheap liquid.

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New blood test can screen teens for depression: Study

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Scientists showed that teenage depression could be diagnosed through a panel of 11 genetic markers.

One day a simple blood test may be all that’s needed to help parents figure out whether a child is suffering from clinical depression or normal teenage angst, according to a new study.

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Teens in the U.S. are waiting longer to drive

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Teens are not rushing to get a driver’s license.

Getting a drivers license has been as much a rite of passage as the high school prom, but a new study suggests that young Americans are no longer rushing to get a driver’s license the moment they are eligible – and the Internet may be a major reason for that delay.

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Suicide rates in Russia three time higher than U.S.

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Russia has the third-highest teenage suicide rate in the world.

Life for children in Russia is hard, and Yelizaveta Petsylya and Anastasia Korolyova finally decided, at the age of 14, to do what thousands of other Russian teenagers have done. There was one way to assert control over their lives, and that was to end them.

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