Teen Pregnancy

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There are millions of teenagers in the world, and according to the 2012 U.S. Census, there were 41,844,000 teenagers in just America alone, today’s generation of teens are classified as generation x; lazy and unmotivated, the technological generation but today’s teens have proven themselves statistically striving in some aspects in comparison to previous generations (Act for youth). According to technical definition, teens are anyone age thirteen through age nineteen. Studies are estimating that in America by 2060, white teens will be the minority (Act). With data from the same 2012 census, we found that 22% of teens already aren’t using any english to communicate at home. Poverty is not only striking American adults right now, but when 31 …show more content…
Yet, statistics are showing and society is advertising that in today’s culture, premarital sex is becoming very common and not such a taboo topic of discussion. 44 percent of teen girls and 47 percent of teen boys say that they have involved in consensual intercourse at least once (Act). Surveys suggest that sexual contact is beginning between ages 11 and 14 (SAAD). Although teens are exposing themselves to sexual contact at a younger age, teen pregnancies are on the decline. 60% of sexually active teens say they use condoms compared to in 1991 when only 33% did (SAAD). Teen girls are also protecting themselves; 54% of sexually active females are on the pill and 15% are using the depo shot. Surprisingly enough, not all teen pregnancies are unplanned, 18% of all teen pregnancies are planned (SAAD). Between 1990 and 2010, the pregnancy rate among women age 15-19 declined 43% to a rate of 126.6 pregnancies per 1,000 sexually experienced teen women, the lowest rate in over 30 years …show more content…
41% of teens have smoked at least one cigarette and not only have 35 percent of teens consumed an alcoholic beverage in the last 30 days, 10 percent driving under the influence (SAAD) . Highschool students are also the most frequent drivers to be caught texting while behind the wheel. In 2011, 1.3 million crashes were caused by a driver using a cell phone (Texting& Driving). 5 seconds is the minimum amount of time you 're distracted even just looking at a cell phone and when traveling at 55 miles per hour, that’s the length of an entire football field (Teen Driving). Texting makes crashing 23 times more likely and 17% of teenagers involved in a crash, don’t even try to deny they were texting or sometimes even surfing the web (Teen Driving). Of the 34% of high schoolers who say they text and drive every day, 77% say they are completely confident that they are safe while texting and driving and 55% say texting and driving is easy (Texting&Driving). Little do teens realize while texting behind the wheel leaves them spending approximately 20% veering into the wrong lane or off the road (texting &

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