More health, less vice. That's "better," right? At least insofar as the federal government says so in its Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey every other year.
The latest data is out, and Vox contributors Sarah Kliff, Soo Oh, and Sarah Frostenson jumped all over it, to learn from the data what's up with kids these days. If anything. When it comes to risk and self-reported behavior, if you choose to believe teenagers these days, they're just plain list risky altogether. Kliff, Oh, and Frostenson write around some spiffy graphics that visualize what generally irreproachable behavior this young crop seem to exhibit all around:
Most of the survey questions show that today’s teenagers are among the best-behaved on record. They smoke less, drink less, and have sex less than the previous generation. They are, comparatively, a mild-mannered bunch who will probably shoo away from your lawn quite respectfully (and probably wouldn’t dare set foot on your lawn to begin with!)
Maybe. Sometimes, teen angels are not all that they seem to be.