To him, the idea that earlier generations of teens centered evening activities around procuring and drinking alcohol sounded mystifying."I haven't heard of anyone who goes out and specifically drinks with their friends," he said."It's not something you set out to do, like, 'Oh yeah, I'm going to go out and get drunk.'"In a city where it is easy to bike, take buses, or rideshare, he doesn't see much need to drive.
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Nor could the use of smartphones and the Internet be entirely the cause, the report said, since the decline began before they were widely available.
Musser, who lives in Portland, Oregon, has had summer jobs but he has never drunk alcohol and says he is not curious to try.
And as for dating, "It seems sort of ridiculous to be seriously dating seomeone in high school. Continuing to date through college and then eventually get married?
That seems sort of unrealistic."Although the study did not look at people younger than 13, Twenge said she suspects the postponement of adult behavior begins in early childhood, starting with the decrease in children walking to school alone or playing unsupervised.
When 17-year-old Quattro Musser hangs out with friends, they don't drink beer or cruise around in cars with their dates.
Rather, they stick to G-rated activities such as rock-climbing or talking about books.
They are in good company, according to a new study showing that teenagers are increasingly delaying activities that had long been seen as rites of passage into adulthood.