In honor of Independence Day (one of my favorite holidays), I’d like to celebrate the American teen! Just in case you thought American teenagers might become a generation of lazy, rude, uncultured couch potatoes…
According to the website stageoflife.com, when teenage high school and college students were surveyed in 2013,
60.4% of them planned to spend more time outdoors than indoors during the summer.
38% of teens surveyed planned to READ nine or more books during the summer. (I’ll do the math: that’s an average of three books per month!)
During the school year, 77.7% of teens said they read at least one book per month for personal pleasure or that isn’t required.
When asked the question “From which do you draw the most inspiration or have your biggest ‘Moments of Awesomeness’, teens ranked the following from highest to lowest:
Reading and Writing #1
Exercise & Sports #4
91% of teens said that civility, manners and etiquette are either “very important” or “important” in their lives.
And for teenagers surveyed regarding their feelings of patriotism:
90% loved their country, although 64.5% had been ashamed of their country at some point.
88.7% felt that serving in the military is a patriotic act.
62.8% recited the entire Pledge of Allegiance when it was being recited.
64.5% could sing the entire National Anthem.
And–83.5% considered themselves patriots.
Here’s wishing all teens and those who care about them (that’s practically everyone!) a happy and safe July 4th.