Gen­er­a­tion Sen­si­ble shuns so­cial­is­ing

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

THEY don’t drink much, few smoke and they’re not very in­ter­ested in tele­vi­sion, but the new wave of teenagers could be at risk of lone­li­ness.

They are en­thu­si­as­tic about sport, but shy away from sex.

Re­search pa­per Be­ing 18 in 2018 found grow­ing ev­i­dence that teenagers are lead­ing dif­fer­ent lives from those in 2000.

Gen­er­a­tion Sen­si­ble, which has grown up in the shadow of so­cial me­dia, may be at risk of greater iso­la­tion than their less well-be­haved pre­de­ces­sors.

An av­er­age 18-year-old spent 27 min­utes less a day so­cial­is­ing in 2015 than at the turn of the mil­len­nium, the UK Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics said.

“The big­gest changes may be driven in part by the rise of dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy,” it said.

The num­ber of drinkers and smok­ers has also dropped.

“These new trends show us that for Gen­er­a­tion Sen­si­ble, al­co­hol is not a nec­es­sary com­po­nent of an en­joy­able evening,” Pri­ory Health­care’s Dr Paul McLaren said.

Time spent on films, TV and ra­dio in 2000 has been re­placed by com­put­ers and gam­ing. Mar­riage num­bers have slipped al­most to noth­ing, and the birth rate dropped by 58 per cent from 2000 to 2016.

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