Today's Teenage Behavior
To some it may be no surprise, but the way young people are socializing is changing. Going out in the evening is being replaced with electronic communication. Though children are at risk for cyber-bullying, electronic communication gives children a better alternative to finding others that share in his or her likes and dislikes; they become friends and form groups of others who identify with them. However, recent interviews by the World Health Organization (WHO) of 200,000 young people explains how there are inequalities among genders. The Health Behavior in School-aged Children (HBSC) is a study that collects data and provides a report every four years on the health behavior, well-being, and social environments of children ages of 11, 13, and 15.
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The most recent report found that girls think they are too fat—they are not satisfied with their lives, and they do not feel well. On the other hand, boys do not express their concerns as well. They tend not to complain about how they feel even though later findings show that later in life boys have serious mental health problems. Western and Eastern cultures differ when it comes to risky behavior according to the study. Although Western girls are joining in with Western boys in more risky behaviors like sex and alcohol consumption, children in the East are less likely to take risks with this type of behavior. Previous to this study, Western girls had healthier lifestyles than boys. Western girls already have issues with mental health problems and if they take on additional risky behaviors similar to boys there is the potential of Western girls increasing their burden of ill health.