[Ed. – I can’t decide if Kevin Drum is making with a witticism here or not. Don’t know his work, to speak of.]
The Economist discovers that teenagers in the West are a lot less worrisome than they used to be:
Young people are indeed behaving and thinking differently from previous cohorts at the same age. … [They] are getting drunk less often … Other drugs are also falling from favour … Fighting among 13- and 15-year-olds is down across Europe … Teenagers are also having less sex, especially of the procreative kind …
The Economist provides a few options:
- One possible explanation is that family life has changed….Fathers have upped their child-care hours most in proportional terms….Those doted-upon children seem to have turned into amenable teenagers. …
The obvious answer here is: Today’s teenagers are the first generation in more than half a century to grow up completely lead free.