Teenagers: less irresponsible than crumblies

A most enjoyable opinion piece in yesterday’s New York Times by Mike Males concludes:

What experts label “adolescent risk taking” is really baby boomer risk taking. It’s true that 30 years ago, the riskiest age group for violent death was 15 to 24. But those same boomers continue to suffer high rates of addiction and other ills throughout middle age, while later generations of teenagers are better behaved. Today, the age group most at risk for violent death is 40 to 49, including illegal-drug death rates five times higher than for teenagers.

Hah! So I move that we start looking closely at what baby boomers are reading. Time to start banning Tom Clancy, John Grisham and Ken Follett books. Clearly those books are leading the most vulnerable and impressionable age group—the baby boomers—into further irresponsibility.


  1. Robin L on #

    I loved that article! Did you happen to check out his website, youthfacts.org? It had all sorts of reports and articles and statistics refuting the “wild, depraved youth of today” stereotype. Very interesting stuff.

  2. haddy on #

    wow so many babies and ha im not going to die in3 to 13 years

    Rebecca do you realy live in orlando or near it i have a stange suspicion you dont do you by chance live in altamont springs florida email me at haddybutterfly@hotmail.com

  3. Dawn on #

    That’s hilarious!! YES!!! hehe

  4. Kenina-chan on #

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU JUSTINE!!! I’m going to use this article for my health current events project and it’s due tomorrow. You saved me! I finally have a really good article! *Does a happy dance*

  5. Justine on #

    Kenina-chan: You’re welcome. You should check out his website too.

  6. Katie on #

    That’s great! I love it!

  7. hillary! on #

    YES! FINALLY! SOMEONE THINKS LIKE I DO! About those authors I mean, if I am understanding you correctly, but I think I am not.

  8. Rebecca on #

    haha, take that, all ye banners of ya books. this is fantastic. amusingly enough, it seems like those baby boomers are often the ones doing the banning. and yet they’re really the ones screwing up. hahahahaha! 😉

    haddy, i assume you are referring to the other rebecca. i dunno where she’s from, but i am from texas. 😛

  9. marrije on #

    Oh dear. Will have to start policing myself more closely, rapidly approaching the dangerous cohort. I have already given up reading Clancy, thank god.

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