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Study: Icelandic teenagers spend more time with parents, consume less alcohol, drugs

New research published by the Ministry of Welfare shows Icelandic teenagers live healthier lives than a decade ago. The study, which looked at the daily lives of teenagers aged 14-15 shows teens spend vastly more time with their parents today, smoke less, consume less alcohol and do less drugs than the same age cohort did in 2006. These changes can largely be chalked up to social media and computers, a sociologist argues.

Icelandic teenagers spend their weekends with parents
The study shows a dramatic change in how teenagers spend their time. Among other things it shows nearly doubling in the proportion of teenagers who choose to spend time with their parents. In 2014 63% of teenagers said they often or almost always spent their weekends at home with parents, compared to only 37% in 2006.

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The drop in alcohol, tobacco and cannabis consumption was similarly striking. In 2006 12% of 15 year olds had smoked, compared to only 2.5% in 2015. While 26% of 15 year olds reported to have consumed one drink of alcohol or more in the past 30 days in 2006 only 4.6% did so in 2015. Cannabis use had similarly almost been eliminated among teenagers. In 2006 9% of 15 year olds reported they had at some time smoked cannabis, compared to only 3.3% in 2015.

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