It’s also possible that the use of smartphones and Internet access has played a role in accelerating these patterns over the last five or so years.
Because they allow kids to communicate with friends without leaving their homes, she says, they have less opportunity to engage in adult activities.
The new findings are consistent with other recent research, and they tell a complicated story of teens today.
“Some people have written that alcohol use and sexuality are down, so that must mean that teens are more virtuous than they used to be,” says lead author Jean Twenge, professor of psychology at San Diego State University.
Facebook even manually sifted Giphy to build a kid-friendly version of the GIF-sharing engine.