New and Disturbing Information regarding teens and young adults…

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New Research published today in YPulse (thanks to Marko of YS for bringing it to our attention) tells of the reality of the ethics of teenagers and young adults.  You’ve got lying, cheating, plagiarizing, winning at all costs, and pornography all mentioned.  I tell you…no wonder we are fighting an uphill battle.  Remember, research also tells us that there is NO qualitative difference these days in the behavior of professed Christians and the rest of culture.  That opens the door to critique and analysis of the effectiveness of youth ministry in local churches…there are big issues out there affecting real kids…we have to have some serious discussions about what strategies are necessary to start seeing authentic transformation in lives.  Here’s the first article:

"The majority of teens surveyed (71 percent) say they
feel fully prepared to make ethical decisions when they enter the
workforce. Yet 38 percent of that group believe it is sometimes
necessary to cheat, plagiarize, lie or even behave violently in order
to succeed. Nearly one-quarter (24 percent) of all teens surveyed think
cheating on a test is acceptable on some level, and more than half of
those teens (54 percent) say their personal desire to succeed is the
rationale.  In a particularly alarming finding given recent cases of school
violence, nearly one-quarter (23 percent) of all teens surveyed think
violence toward another person is acceptable on some level. Of those
who think so, the justifications for violence include settling an
argument (27 percent) and revenge (20 percent).  Pressure to succeed in school seems to be driving many teens’
opinions that unethical behavior is an acceptable means to an end. Of
the teens who think plagiarism is acceptable on some level, 37 percent
think a personal desire to succeed is justification — that number
climbs to 51 percent among the students who feel overwhelming pressure
to succeed.  Pressure to succeed in school seems to be driving many teens’ opinions
that unethical behavior is an acceptable means to an end. Of the teens
who think plagiarism is acceptable on some level, 37 percent think a
personal desire to succeed is justification — that number climbs to 51
percent among the students who feel overwhelming pressure to succeed.  The survey also found that teens have difficulty in understanding that
unethical behavior transcends the boundaries between private life,
school or work life, and online behavior. More than a quarter (27
percent) of all teens surveyed said it is not fair for an employer to
suspend or fire employees for unethical behavior outside of their jobs
and another quarter (26 percent) said they weren’t sure if it was fair
or not.  Additionally, more than half (57 percent) of all teens
surveyed believe it is not fair for employers to make hiring or firing
decisions based on material they have posted to the internet and
another 19 percent weren’t sure if it was fair or not. Illustrating
teens’ perception of different ethical standards for online versus
"real world" behavior, nearly half (47 percent) of teens said it was
acceptable on some level to illegally download music without paying for
it, but only 5 percent said it was acceptable to steal something from a
store."

And then…an article in USA Today – Health and Behavior Section:

"The researchers found that young men were much
more likely to use pornography: 86% reported that they viewed such
material in the past year. The study also found that one in five young
men said they viewed pornographic material every day or nearly every
day.  But only 31% of young women reported any viewing of pornography. Only 3.2% said they saw such material weekly or daily.  The gender differences in use and acceptance
raise a lot of questions, Arnett says. For example, will the college
students change their attitudes toward porn as they get older and form
stable relationships? Young women who say they are tolerant of viewing
Internet porn might not be so accepting of a spouse who’s visiting an
X-rated site every day, he says.  The study also linked regular porn use with
risky behaviors, Carroll says. Regular porn users were more likely to
go on drinking binges and more likely to have sex with multiple
partners.  Additional studies must be done to determine
whether frequent porn use leads to greater acceptance of such behavior,
which can put students at risk for a host of health problems, such as
alcoholism and sexually transmitted diseases, he says.  Children and teenagers are regularly bombarded
with X-rated and suggestive images that imply that casual hook-ups are
the norm, says Sabrina Weill, editor in chief of MomLogic, a website
that helps mothers deal with a variety of parenting problems."

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