Wednesday, February 19, 2014

AoW: The Kids are More Than Alright

Ms. Parker-Pope explains in her last paragraph that "there are a number of compelling possibilities that may have contributed [to the decline of sex and drug use among today's teens]." In your opinion, what might be a possibility or reason why sex and drug use is less in today's teens (your generation), than your parent's generation when they were teens?  Explain (3+ sentences) 

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  1. There is only one possible reason in my opinion why sex and drug use is less in our generation rather than in our parent's generation. That reason would be that teens usually spend most of their time on their phones and don't spend their time having sex or doing drugs. They might not be as active with outside activities but they are very active with their phones.

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  2. Sex and drugs are used less in teens today because there are more things for teens to do today. For example, there are more fun activities they can go out and do and they are more aware of the consequences of sex and drugs as they are constantly informed by others. They also do them less because there are solutions to getting out of addictions now, but back then there weren't as many. Also kids now a days aren't pressured as much to fit in, because the less people that do these things the less that will be influenced.

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  4. I think that there is less use of sex and drugs because we get information about it everyday. I think that our parents generation didn't get the opportunity to get information and the effects that these stuff can have. I think that they didn't to talk about these topics with people that know so much about these to topics.

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  5. Sex and drugs isn't as big as an issue now, as it was before during our parents generation because our parents were allowed do much more then our generation can now a days. Also because our generation has much more technology then our parents so the kids are more interested on being on their electronics then having sex or using drugs.

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  6. In my opinion, a possibility could be that when drug use was at it's highest point, it finally came to people's attention and actions were finally taken. I think that this generation is finally getting the knowledge and influences they need to make the right decisions. For example, for us in Biology every Friday, students from CSUN come and educate us about several different important topics. I definitely think it changes the way we think and how we make our decisions now.

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  7. A possibility why sex and drug use is less used in today's teens than our parent's generation is because we mostly have more of a productive lifestyle. Many teens today have extracurricular activities that take up most of their time and day. Also from trying to keep up in their studies to get a better education. Another lifestyle is that most of today's teens are on social media and seeing what people are posting up than rather doing these two things. This is why this trend is starting to slowly decrease in society.

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  8. I think it has declined because teens are becoming more aware of the consequences of drug use and sex. In 2014 teens are far more concerned with problems such as STD's so they try to avoid catching them by not participating in sexual acts. Teenagers are also more conscious of the negative results of using drugs.

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  9. In my opinion, it would be the electronics and social media. They have been grabbing the attention of the recent generations and made most of the generation get involved in these things instead of sex and drug use. Aside form that, the older generations have learned from most of their mistakes and have been able to dissuade us not to use drugs or engage in sex.

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  10. I think a possibility or reason why sex and drugs are used less in today's teens than our parent's generation when they were teens is because ONE it was a different time and things obviously change over time. Another reason might be technology. Back then there wasn't smartphones or the internet. I think teenagers spend a lot of their time with technology.

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  11. The reason on why we have less use in drugs and sex is because technology has kind of taken over teens lives. some teens spend most of their time on the internet checking their facebook than they would be outside hanging out with their friends.

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  12. Sex and drugs are used less in today's generation then our parents' generation because we have more thing and better things to worry about then just sex and drugs. Also teens today are so much into social media that they don't even want to leave the house to do anything. Also our parents have better expectations that we have to fulfill.

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  13. I believe that there are less issues with sex and drugs in my generation than the last is because of how our generation uses their phone or electronic(s) too much. Also around 1/2 or more of our generation uses websites like Facebook.

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  14. I think a possibility why sex and drugs are used less in todays teens because if a girl gets pregnant at the age of 16 they will have to leave school and they will be behind and no college will want a student like that. If you do drugs no job will want to hire you because they think you are a drug addict.

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  15. A reason why sex and drugs are not being used as much anymore is because there are other activities we can do instead of doing drugs and having sex. Another reason why teens don't have sex or don't do drugs as much as out parents generation, is because there are places we can go to stop it like rehab and be able to go see someone that you can have a one-on-one conversation with.

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  16. In my opinion, the reason why sex and drug use is less in our generations than our parent's generation is because most parents are more aware of what their kids will be doing since they experienced it with themselves. So the parents are strict and rigorous with their kids going out or doing things. I also think since many teens have more opportunities to join extracurricular activities, they would be more involved with that.

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  17. I think a reason why sex and drugs are used less today than when our parents were teens, is because now we have more knowledge of the consequences than they did before. Scientist have discovered diseases caused by sex and drugs that weren't discovered yet when our parents were teens. Also there are a lot of people who bring awareness to the use of sex and drugs.

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  18. There are many things that could contribute to the decline in sex and drugs in teens. First off, the legal drinking age has been raised and the FDA is cracking down on drugs harder than ever. However, it is always possible that our generation is simply smarter than that of our parents and don't find the need to use illegal substances and are more picky about what we do with our bodies.

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  19. In my opinion, I think students are doing more drugs & having sex in this generation because maybe some kids are being pressured or they just want to get it over with and live their lives. Another reason would be the use of their electronics.

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  20. Sex and drugs are used a lot less because now the teens have so many other things that get them entertained. In some schools theirs also peer exchange health and the teens are being aware that it is not right to do those things because its bad to do it. Theirs also a lot of sports out there that teens get into and they forget about sex and drugs, and if the teens are in sports drugs affect them so they stop doing them.

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  21. I think that sex and drugs aren't as common among teens right now compared to our parents because schools teach us the dangers of these things. Sex is now viewed as having a child and having STI's, and because of these views some teens don't want any of this. The decline of drugs is slowly going down because teens are being taught the consequence of these drugs and how it affects our health.

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  22. Sex and drug use is less in our generation because of a rise in drinking age, a fear of H.I.V., and legal challenges on the tobacco industry. Teens now are more educated on the use of drugs and alcohol. Electronics help parents monitor their children.

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  23. in my opinion , what might have been the possibility or reason why the sex and drug rate has declined in today's teens, than our parent's generation when they were teens is maybe because teenagers are more aware now of the consequences.
    In addition, the use of technology is more used now, so teenagers are more social meaning they don't go out as much , or be active.
    Also , since the use of drugs and sex is not occuring as much anymore , teenagers don't feel as much to try that as before , since the rate has decreased , and they don't feel as pressured anymore.

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  24. Sex and drug is used less in our generation because now teens are aware of the consequences of doing drugs or having sex. Now teens have the knowledge that having sex can lead to getting diseases. There has been a decline on drug because our generation are more into social media and they don't have time to be doing bad things.

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  25. To my acknowledge, sex and drugs have been used less in our generation for many factors. One of those factors is that nowadays, teens are more concentrated on their phones and are in social networks which they are in just about the whole day. That is one of the reasons, if not the only one, in which sex and weed have been happening less in our generation. Another similar reason would be that teens are into their electronics, like PS3 or X-box. The main point is that electronics is the contributor to the decline of teens having sex or doing weed.

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  26. There is a decrease in sex and drug use in our generation because of the advance in technology. When our parents were our age, Instagram and Facebook didn't exist. It would leave them curious to try other things. Nowadays, those social media platforms do exist, meaning that teens will occupy themselves with Facebook instead of wanting to experiment. Those platforms also raise awareness about the dangers of drugs and sex, so that teens are aware of them.

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  27. Drugs and alcohol teens use it more because they see there friends doing it and then they do it. Some teens also do it to look cool and be show off that they do drugs and have sex. Some teens just do it because there stressed like drugs.

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  28. I think there is more of sex and drug use in our generation because now teens mentality is advanced. Teens are also really advanced in using technology and other use in the internet. In my opinion to why our parents generation didn't have no sex and drug use as increased was because they didn't have no technology such as Facebook, instagram or all of our apps to get involved with our society.

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  29. The reason teens have decreased on doing drugs and other awkward things is most likely for two reasons. One being the technology that we have, such as video games, phones, etc. The other is of the lessons being given about the subjects and the consequences and very graphic pictures. Adults may have done it because they wanted to look cool by doing these things since they didn't have the technology.

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  30. The reason that I believe that causes teens to decrease in drugs, sex and alcohol is the generation difference. If you compare this generation to the generation in 1980 than you can see a giant difference, and also technology has played a role, like facebook and gaming consoles.

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  31. the reason that i think that teens are no longer using drugs is because of technology we have such as instagram and facebook twitter. Also i think that teens are not using drugs for the problems that they are bringing you

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  32. The reason teens aren't using drugs and having sex now is because of all the distractions we have. Most teens are always on their phones. They don't wanna miss out on what's happening on social media and so they don't do those type of things. Also, now a days teens are very educated about sex and drugs so they know the consequences.

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  33. In my opinion I think our generation is more educated on topics including sex and drug use. We know the outcomes and responsibilities of addiction and pregnancy among teenagers. Also many of us don't want to be known as the high school student who got got arrested, dropped out of school, or the girl who got pregnant.

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  34. A possibility or reason why sex and drug use is less in today's teens, than our parent's generation when they were teens, would probably be because our parent shave done it. Maybe it is because they have done a lot of stuff in their past so they try to keep us from doing it. They would probably know if we did any of it, because they kept it hidden from their parents so, they would know what were up to.

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  35. In my opinion, the number of teenagers that are sexually active and abusing drugs have declined because of how much it's emphasized that teenagers are not suppose to do it. Parents are becoming more stricter on their kids and teenagers are becoming more aware of the health concerns that they could possibly put themselves in. In older generations, they did not know the severity of abusing the drugs as we do now. Mainly, I think it is because people are now more aware of the risks and teenagers just choose not do it and break stereotypes.

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  36. A reason as to why sex and drugs are used less in our generation is because we are warned of things that can happen to us. While in our parent's generation they didn't have anyone to tell them what drinking and having sex can do to you. I also believe that parent's are very strict to our generation since they were teenagers at one point they know what happens at parties and how we sneak in alcohol or when you'r having sex.

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  37. In my opinion sex, drugs and alcohol are used less in teens today because there are more things for teens to set their minds on. For example, there are more fun activities they can go out and do and they are more aware of the consequences of sex and drugs as they are constantly informed by others. They also do them less because there are solutions to getting out of addictions now, but back then there weren't as many. Also kids now a days aren't pressured as much to fit in, because the less people that do these things the less that will be influenced.

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  38. In my opinion a possibility or reason why sex and drug use is less in today's teens is because they are more aware of what can happen to them. Teens are more responsible now because of the things they have learned.

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  39. In my opinion, what might be a possibility or reason why sex and drug use is less in today's teens is because we know of the outcomes and results of what will happen. We have had lectures, presentations, and school assemblies of what and what not do. Of course there is some of us that do it, but most of us don't because we're scared on what the consequences are.

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  40. In my opinion drugs, and alcohol are used less because there are lots of people talking about how bad it is in doing those things and what the risks are. Also because many people are into different things.

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  41. In my opinion a reason why sex and drugs are use less in today's teens are because we teen's are more aware or the out comes of using drugs or having sex. Also I think it's because of the commercial's they now have of former smokers and what happens to them how they loss their life or like a limb.

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  42. In, my opinion I think that the teens in my generation use less drugs and alcohol because they are exposed to workshops and people around them teaching them that there are consequences for what might happen if they decide to use drugs and alcohol. In these generation, there is not a lot of peer pressure of to do things they know that can lead to problems in the future.

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  43. What I think about how there is less percentage on how teens intend too do sex and drugs is because they don't have time. I think that many teens now that are in school focus on school and not that. Also, teens now don't really want to do that because they know that it will mess up their future. This is why they intend no to do that.

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  44. because many people cant get away with these kinds of things in this age. Also with all the technology around, w can find a drug in a matter of seconds

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  45. I believe that it is lowering because teens are now figuring out all of the effects it has when there is unsafe sex and doing drugs in their life.

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  46. I believe that teens have seen how much that having sex can affect their life and how they really need to change.Another reason is because they have seen other people who have been in that position and wished they didnt do it. Sometimes this is what makes teens not want to do this anymore than our parents from before.

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  47. There is only one possible reason in my opinion why sex and drug use is less in our generation rather than in our parent's generation. That reason would be that teens usually spend most of their time on their phones and don't spend their time having sex or doing drugs. Most teens now in days have a passion in a sport and will have no time to think or do sex/drugs.

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  48. In my opinion, i think sex and drug use is less in today's teens because i think they see what it has done to society and want to be better than that. Our generation is finally becoming aware of what can come of the bad decisions they could make. I personally think that today's teen want to be successful and are aware of what choices are good for them.

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  49. I believe the decrease of sex and drugs have to do with the health classes the schools have. I also think that kids and teens are thinking ahead of what would happen if they have sex. Another reason why I think teens and kids are using less and drugs and having less sex is because they are involved in activities like sports.

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  50. That reason would be that teens usually spend most of their time on their phones and don't spend their time having sex or doing drugs.Also teens want to be successful and aware of what choices are good for them.There is only one possible reason in my opinion why sex and drug use is less in our generation rather than in our parent's generation.

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  51. I believe that teens today use less drugs than in our parents generation because the teens today know what is in the drugs and the bad effects it can cause. During our parents generation there was less explanation for all the chemicals in the drugs so they wouldn't know what chemicals they are consuming. Also most teens don't want to ruin their education and some can't afford taking in drugs since they are athletes or play sports.

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  52. In my opinion, I think sex and drugs are use less in today's teens because they are know more into there phones or sports. And since there more into there phones they don't even think in having sex or doing drugs.

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  53. I think sex and drugs are used less in today's teens because they are thought the consequences of using drugs and having sex and how it can have a great impact in their future. Also, since the technology is so advanced today, teens use their phones more often and go on social media than doing drugs or having sex.

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  54. In my opinion, I believe that sex and drugs have been used less today by teens is because of life experiences or because of what they have seen. Some kids have not used drugs or have had sex because of experiences they have seen with family members, friends, etc. They have seen how they could have effected there future, and how the path of drugs and sex can lead them. It could ruin there chances of getting into a good school and also ruin there chances of getting one of there dream jobs.

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  55. In my opinion I believe that the rates of sex and drugs in teens have declined because of the internet. Most teens aren't doing those things because they spend most of their time on the internet. This generation of teens has cellphones and more internet access then the previous generations. Most of this generation spends so much time online they don't have time for other things.

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  56. In my opinion i think that sex and drug use is less in our generation than my parents because i think that our society has drastically changed since that time. Now teens realize how much sex and drug use can change their lives and they have become wiser about it. Back then most of the teens didn't think about the consequences as much as we do today.

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  57. In my opinion, the decrease on sex and drugs is because teens have focus more about their life and education and know better what happens when they do both of them. Another thing is also that their is more advanced technology now that teens don't play that much attention to the world and their life's. The only possible reason is that our generation is advancing and changing in teens that they are more involved to their life's then sex and drugs.

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  58. I think that sex and drug use has declined in our generation because of technology and how much we're on it. People use technology as a substitute to sex and drugs. It can also be that we are realizing what good choices are out there for us, but I doubt it. It's probably technology.

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  59. In my opinion, I think that sex and drug use is less in today's teens because we are getting lectures about them. I also think that there are less sex and drug usage today because teens know what the affects are. They also know the it is bad for teens to use drugs and they know that they wouldn't want to have a child and a young age.

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  60. Teens right now are more involved into social media than thinking about sex and drugs. Teens don't think about sex and drugs at this time because of the consequences that comes with sex and drugs. Social media has taken a big role in a teens average life in this generation.

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  61. I think that sex and drugs were seen my teens not to do, we have more to do now a days so we don't turn to that kind of lifestyle.

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  62. I believe that this decline in drug use and underage sex has gone down due to our parents constant lecturing and "nagging" of not doing anything irresponsible. Also because maybe we realize that its not about being cool anymore but about being healthy.

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  63. The reason there has been a decline in using drugs and having sex among teens is because social media keeps teens glued to their computers and phones. Also since laws have begun to change and become strictly enforced it makes it harder for teens to do such activities. Also education on the matter is given to teens so that they know what they're getting into and know the consequences of their actions. Since they know the possibilities they know they want something better for themselves.

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  64. I think that the the choosing of not to use drugs has gone down because the more parents tell them not to do it, the more teens will do it.

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  65. My thoughts to why there is less sex and drugs in today's teens is that they are mores aware of the consequences then our parents generation's. Another reasons is because they are sometimes "threaten" by their parents, making teens fear that they maybe kick out or taken away their electronics. I also believe that they are more interested in today's technology, unlike today's generation our parents generations did not have much advancements.

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  66. I think that there is less use of drugs and having sex in our generation is because people in our generation have been spending more time on their phones or electronics and doing different activities and choosing not to do it.

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  67. I Believe the reason for the decline in drug use in teens is the wisdom of the parents. The parents already know what to keep their children away from, because they had the experience of being rebellious teenager.

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  68. I think there is less sex and drug use in teens in our generation because parents are now more aware of these type of things and their consequences by either ads online and/or on tv. While in our parents generation we're too busy working and didn't pay too much attention to their kids.

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  69. I believe that there are less drugs and sex in my generation because we think of the consequences of using drugs and having sex. Kids understand what can happen now. Back then there weren't many kids who understood the consequences.

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  70. Like the author said there are many reasons why sex and drugs are going down. One maybe the classes, PHE, and assemblies about the issue which helps the students be aware and be safe. The second is that kids are to distracted to even think about those things. This is from Alondra Castellanos pd 4

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  71. I think we use sex and drugs less in out generation because of the technology we today it has taken over us. We also are more aware and know the dangers and take precautions. We now know the dangers and our parents didn't know.

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  72. i believe that teens have not been having sex or doing drugs as much because they have gained concience of what will happen to them. I also believe that they are more entertained with other things like the internet. back in the days people had nothing better to do.

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  73. I think we use sex and drugs less in out generation because of the technology we today it has taken over us. We also are more aware and know the dangers and take precautions. We now know the dangers and our parents didn't know.

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  74. In my opinion, some possibility or reason why sex and drug use is less in today's teens than their parents because they are spending most of their on time on electronic. Also, they now don't have the tension of those things nowadays. that is why teens dont pay attention to drugs or sex.

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  75. I believe that we do these things less because we are informed to think about the conciquences of our actions

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  76. I believe that there are less drugs and sex because there are programs that teach us the consequences of them. Also our parents know what is going on so they keep a close eye. Back then they didnt have programs like these.

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  77. I think that sex and drugs are used less now are because we are taught they are wrong. We have people who teach others about the harmful and long term affects of doing those things. We also use it less than our parents because they are more aware of these things to keep us safe. They have learned from there experience and want us to have a better life than them.

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  78. I believe that the reason why the use of drugs and having sex is the fact that teens are more aware of the consequences that they take. Now a days there are many programs, classes, organizations, etc. that help educate teens about these topics. Teens know that they have better things to do than do those things.

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  79. One reason that the amount of teens being involved with drugs and sex is because they are more aware of what the consequences are than our parents back in their generation. Also, there are more organizations that helps us as teens understand many things about what is going on. Third, many of us know where to go for help and advice. To people who can actually help us.

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  80. I think that sex and drug use are less for this generation because the older generation knows what it's like to be in a generation where all those things are present. Our parents want us to have a better life, which is why they lecture us about why not to do drugs or have sex at an early age. Not only do we have our parents telling us, but also teachers and many other adults.

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  81. I think we use sex and drugs less because schools have shown us the consequences of doing those things. We are more aware of what we could be facing if we get addicted to drugs or get pregnant. There is also more technology and places we can go to for help if anything is happening,

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  82. In my opinion, drugs and sex are less because people know better. People teaches us the consequences. Another reason will be by parents keeping a close eye.

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  83. In my opinion, drugs and sex are less for this generation because we have technology. I think that there are a lot of people now that are socially awkward because they spend all their time on the internet so they wouldn't do these type of activities. Also, teens nowadays are super busy with extracurricular activities, such as sports and clubs, and their school work. Some of our parents have experienced these things and they don't want us to do those things. We also know the consequences of these actions so we prefer to not risk it.

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  84. In my opinion, drugs and sex are used less now because our generation have so many sex ed and drug prevention classes that they now know the consequences. They all have learned through out their middle and high school years the affects of doing drugs. Also they have learned how to prevent pregnancy.

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  85. I think that drugs and sex is used less now because since it was used more when our parents were young, they have gone through it. Our parents know the consequences and have expirianced it. They don't want us to go throughout things like that so they teach us not to.

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  86. I think drugs and sex are used less now a days because we saw the consequences of what happens. We have the science to what are the effect of drugs and their future consequences we now know what not to do. Also we as this generation kids think about our future other than our present.

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  87. I believe that sex and drugs are used less in our generation now then before because we are all now aware of what that can do to us and all the problems it will lead to. Students want to have a good education and not want to waste it on drugs and ruin their childhood by getting pregnant at a young age.

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  88. Like the author said there are many reasons why sex and drugs are going down. One maybe the classes, PHE, and assemblies about the issue which helps the students be aware and be safe. The second is that kids are to distracted to even think about those things. This is from Alondra Castellanos pd 4

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