Economically speaking, the U.S. youth is looking at a pretty stable set-up: Despite a few hiccups, the U.S. youth unemployment rate has been decreasing over the last decade, and employment prospects are better than in many other economically stable countries. Also, the fact that the United States’ gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to remain safely in its range between 2 and 3 percent over the next five to ten years helps the economic confidence.
Teenagers nowadays are often accused of spending too much time staring at a screen and not enough time playing outside. One out of five teenagers reported spending three or more hours watching television on an average school day in 2017, and almost 90 percent of teenagers have access to a computer nowadays. However, certain outdoor activities still remain popular with modern teenagers, with more than a third of American youth participating in biking outdoors, one of the most popular outdoor activities in the U.S. in general.
These are only snippets of teenage lives and standards of living, but while you may not be aware of everything your teenage daughter or son is involved or interested in, a comprehensive selection of facts and figures to illuminate the general lifestyle of U.S. teenagers is provided in our dossiers and statistics.