(Less) Risky Business: Survey Says Fewer Connecticut Teens Drinking, Using Drugs, Having Sex
Teens nowadays have a reputation for being cloistered in virtual sanctuaries, preferring video games and screen time to the mischief of a furtive cigarette or sneaked beer. A new survey from the state Department of Public Health does little to dispel that belief.
Connecticut teens are drinking less, using fewer hard drugs, getting in fewer fights and smoking fewer cigarettes, according to the 2017 Connecticut School Health Survey, and far more students are spending their time with video games and their computers.
The Department of Public Health anonymously polled 2,425 high school students at 38 public, charter and vocational schools across the state in the spring of 2017. Some takeaways from the survey, the results of which were released recently:
A Serious Uptick In Video Game And Computer Use
Forty-two percent of students reported playing video games or using their computers for nonschool activities for more than three hours a day. That’s a 14 percent uptick since 2007. Kids are also moving away from TV: Just 17 percent of students said they watched TV for more than 3 hours a day, compared to 30 percent in 2007.
Kids Are Having Less Sex
In 2017, one in three students said they’d had sex at some point in their lives, and one in four reported having sex in the three months before being surveyed. In 2007, 42 percent of students said they’d had sex, and 32 percent said they’d been sexually active in the three months leading up to the survey.
It also appears fewer teens are using condoms, which might be attributed to an uptick in birth control use. In 2017, 55 percent of students said they’d used a condom the last time they had sex, compared to 64 percent in 2007. But birth control use has risen, from 17