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Consequences of Distracted  and Disengaged Youth

Distracted youth neglect to fulfill their Legacy potential. At-risk choices and behaviors are anything that puts youth at risk for future negative consequences like poor health, injury, or death. And while risky behavior as a youth isn't a new concept (most adults can likely recall at least a few poor choices they made in their youth), however, the types of risks available to youth are escalating and these statistics will be even more alarming in the years to come if we do not take action with principled influencers now:

  • 3% of youth in the US set goals
  • 84% of teens have a phone
  • 30% have sent a sexting message
  • 9 is the average age to view pornography
  • The second leading cause of death in 15-24 years old is suicide
  • The majority of new STD infections are those 15-24
  • 20% of students have been bullied
  • Teachers focus has to be on standardized tests
  • Most teens do not know that vaping contains nicotine - 99% of e-cigs in the US sold contained nicotine
  • 1 in 9 girls and 1 in 50 boys will experience sexual assault before 18 years old
  • Toxic friendships and cliques are one of the top issues dealt with by school teachers and counselors
  • The US has the world’s highest rate of children living in single-parent households
  • 1 in 3 teens in the US is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner
  • The average age to “date” is now 12 leading to early sexual relationships- this increases depression and suicide rates.
  • Nearly half of all children 8 and under have their own tablet device and spend an average of about 2.25 hours a day on digital screens
  • A National Institutes of Health study found that young kids who spent more than two hours a day on electronic devices scored lower on thinking and language tests. Those with more than seven hours of screen time experienced thinning of the brain's cortex, which is related to critical thinking and reasoning. (These statistics are likely higher with the virtual learning both teachers and students endured).
  • Nearly 1 in 5 US adults live with mental illness (51.5 Million in 2019)
  • 49.2% of Americans receive some form of welfare.  Almost 1 out of every 2 Americans.
  • Do these statistics contribute to the cost of self-respect, self-confidence, and ultimately the cost of a life?
    • Every 17 minutes someone in the US dies by suicide
    • Suicide ranks 3rd among causes for death for Americans under the age of 21.  It is the second cause of death in 2020.
  • There is a plethora of statistics available.  Here are a few sources:

Because of current circumstances, are youth losing faith and not considering careers as teachers, police officers, healthcare workers, or government leaders?