The transition from bucked tooth 7th grader to occasionally competent and self-efficient adult never was so smooth. The ages from 10 to 20 usually always sucked, unless you were adopted by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and didn’t need braces or stutter during conversations with people who seemed to have their life together. Teenagers; irrational, loud, wild, adventurous, and quiet, sweet and naïve. They all go from about 0 to 100 real quick, confuse everyone around them and themselves, and need a helluva a lot of guidance and affection.
At the end of it all, teenagers are just trying to figure things out, and it’s a crucial stage for development and growth. Physically and psychologically speaking, the teenage reals are prime years for both mind and body to grow into more mature and developed forms of themselves. Key players like hormones and growth spurts take place, and so the hilarity and chaos follow suit. For more cool facts, check out the list below!
Fact 1: In the United States alone, teenagers represent 5% of the world’s population in 75% of prescription drugs taken. 60% of these teens who abuse these prescription drugs get them free from their friends and relatives. More often than not, teenagers are more likely to die from prescription drugs than they are from taking heroin, cocaine, and other drugs combined.
Fact 2: According to Sara Johnson, an assistant professor from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the brain continues to change throughout life, having huge leaps in development, most especially during adolescence. New cognitive skills and competencies often come in small leaps and awkward stutters.
Fact 3: Neuronal sprouting happens at age 3, and then peeks at age 11 for boys and 12 for girls, just right about the time before puberty hits. Neuronal development is believed to continue until age 25.
Fact 4: Teenagers are more inclined to decide on matters where they are emotionally invested in. This is because they are more reliant on using the Limbic system of their brain, which is the emotional part of the brain. Simply put, decision making is heavily influenced by emotions, and is often times irrational.
Fact 5: Based on a survey of teenagers conducted by Feinstein, it was revealed that 84% of teens think highly of their mothers, while 89% think highly of their fathers. Roughly more than three-quarters of teens enjoy spending time with their parents. 79% enjoy spending time with Mom while 76% like time spent being with Dad.
Fact 6: Teenagers need 9 to 10 hours of sleep.
Fact 7: Based on a study conducted by the The Alan Guttmacher Institute, nationally speaking, more than half of teenagers remain virgins until they are at least 17 years of age. 7 out of 10 women who have had sex had done it before age 14, while 6 out of 10 of those who had sex before age 15 report it being involuntarily.
Fact 8: Teenagers, as well as young adults, were more likely to become victims of violent crime than older people. Back in 1998, about a third of the victims involved in violent crime were aged 12 to 19, and almost half of all victims of violence were under the age of 25.
Fact 9: Homicide is the second leading cause of death among African-American and Hispanic teenagers.
Fact 10: Roughly more than 40% of teens who had admitted to drinking said that the reason for doing so was because they were upset. 31% said that they drink because they felt lonely; 25% said that they drink when they’re bored. Lastly, 25% said that they drink to get high.