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A new study has proven that adolescents are far more likely to engage in risky behavior than other folks.
I say… Did you really need to fund a study to come up with these results? I mean, how many of us did stuff our parents told us not to (bungee jump, make out in the back of cars, do drugs, etc?)
The survey goes on to say that the way to deal with this is by:
“The best approach to helping teens stay safe probably involves controlling
opportunities for them to get in trouble by enforcing laws restricting the sale
of alcohol to minors, expanding access to mental health care and birth control,
raising the driving age, and good old fashioned parenting… “
The report goes on to say that:
“the cognitive control system responsible for regulating emotions, controlling
impulses, delaying gratification and withstanding peer pressure doesn’t fully
mature until young people reach their 20s”
So, should the alcohol sales age be raised to 25? 30?
How about driving? Should we raise it to 25?
Hmm… what about other things we allow these irresponsible youth to do? Like getting married? In most states you can legally marry at 16 – some states, it’s even lower (in New Hampshire, it’s 13 for girls and 14 for boys).
Oh and hey, you can VOTE when you turn 18! Well, no risky adolescent should be allowed to vote! They might elect someone good for a change who doesn’t embarrass the US in world relations! The very idea is frightening!
And what about our military? You can legally join the military at 18 – can even sign up while you’re 17! This behavior is far too dangerous for a young impressionable dangerous adolescent to do!