Today's US teens about three years behind '70s generation

Teenagers in America today are about three years behind their counterparts from the 1970s when it comes to taking up sex, drinking alcohol, and working for pay, researchers said Tuesday.

The findings in the journal Child Development were based on an analysis of seven large, nationally representative surveys of 8.3 million teenagers between 1976 and 2016.

The surveys sought to find out how those aged 13 to 19 spent their time, and how often they engaged in adult activities such as drinking alcohol, dating, taking jobs, driving, or having sex, said the report.

Researchers have found what they call a

Researchers have found what they call a 'broad-based cultural shift' among teen behavior

What researchers found was a 'broad-based cultural shift,' said the study.

Adolescents in the 2010s 'are less likely to work for pay, drive, date, drink alcohol, go out without their parents, and have sex than adolescents in previous decades,' it

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