This must-read article from Vox explains exactly why today's teens are better humans than the rest of us losers.
It's true. Today's teens smoke fewer cigarettes, do less binge drinking, have less sex, and use more contraception than any other teens in the last 40 years.
Analyzing the data of the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey, administered biennially by the CDC since 1991, the statistics are clear: despite the perennial elder complaint that DAMN KIDS THESE DAYS are no good, indeed they're actually really good.
Yup. Go ahead, go see for yourself. Select your birth year and watch the comparative statistics adjust accordingly.
Then, make a list of every teenager you've ever written off as a no-good-sex-crazed-drunken-apathetic-slacker, and get started on your apologies.
I now know there are steps I can take to change how I think, to find the true me again. That is why I am going to take better care of myself this year. In fact, that’s the only resolution I care to make. For both my own health, and as an important example to my kids, this year, I'm resolving to practice a kindness that starts from within.