Generation Sensible shuns socialising
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Time spent on films, TV and radio in 2000 has been replaced by computers and gaming.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.