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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old Mar 21st, 2009, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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I need you help: Are young people more prone to risky behavior?

I need you’re help to settle an argument I had with a friend. It started with us taking about the increase in bareback sex videos on the web and that I think it’s very irresponsible of these film makers especially at this point in the AIDS epidemic where kids who are becoming active now are seeing less and less of the devastation cause by the disease than we did twenty years ago. I’ve had sex with people who are in their very early twenties and the things they are willing to do is just shocking to me…and it’s very consistent. I think that young people from mid teen to mid twenties brains are wired to not take the consequences of their actions seriously and thus causing them to make bad decisions. I believe that the older you get the more aware you become of your actions and you think more seriously about the things you do and what those decisions can lead to. Far more young people tend to try drugs for the first time, have risky sex and commit crimes based on peer pressure than say someone in their mid thirties. My friend disagrees. He thinks that age has no bearing on the decisions people make and that once a young person decides to do something risky he or she knows what he or she is doing…is aware of the consequences but don’t care…I’m like UH? That’s my point. He thinks that people put to much blame on peer pressure when it’s just people being people. My argument is that no kid isolated from drug use decides one day that he is gonna stroll the street for drugs and then become a full blown druggie.

I guess my point is that young people think less of consequences (I think it’s biological?) and are willing to take more risk than a more mature person (generally speaking).

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Re: I need you help: Are young people more prone to risky behavior?

It IS biological. A teenager's brain isn't fully developed yet. Especially the part at the front of the brain is still developing during adolescence and it's this part that is responsible for making judgements, planning, etc.

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Re: I need you help: Are young people more prone to risky behavior?

^^The above is right. I'm taking adolescent psychology right now and we just went over how teens and people who are into their early 20s are way more likely to engage in risky behavior and its biological
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I'm not so sure about that.

I've met some very dodgy old men in my time.
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Re: I need you help: Are young people more prone to risky behavior?

That came out wrong but you know what I mean.
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Re: I need you help: Are young people more prone to risky behavior?

I haven't thought that much about the unprotected sex issue. If I trust my partner, I actually don't have a problem with doing it.

I could never do drugs though, I feel like these are two completely different things. Having unprotected sex is for me all about trust while doing drugs is just plain stupid.

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Re: I need you help: Are young people more prone to risky behavior?

It's not just about sex, you'll find that in speeding (driving), drugs and alcohol too.
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Re: I need you help: Are young people more prone to risky behavior?

most teens aren't aware of the consequences. => law protect them
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Re: I need you help: Are young people more prone to risky behavior?

Just the fact that certain people are willing to have sex with people they barely know is enough for me to question the intelligence of this nation.

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Re: I need you help: Are young people more prone to risky behavior?

i reckon we are, after all times and traditions are definitely changing. with new technologies and social and political issues, yadda yadda yadda. add heaps of booze and drunken, unprotected sex into that mixture and u've got urself chaos and inevitable circumstances and other stuff.

yeah im practically trying to be all logical and wise, just crapping on about random stuff

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Just the fact that certain people are willing to have sex with people they barely know is enough for me to question the intelligence of this nation.
thats a global phenomenon. and its not a bad thing if everyone stays safe. keep the moral proselytizing out.

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I think that young people from mid teen to mid twenties brains are wired to not take the consequences of their actions seriously and thus causing them to make bad decisions.

What do you think?
I think that's true...of any generation. As someone who just turned 36 in Jan., I clearly remember being a teen and a twentysomething and throwing caution to the wind i.e. "these old farts are always getting in my business".

I get the sense that you're earnest about this situation but trust me (please), the majority of the time, no "older" person is going to convince these teens and twentysomethings that they're wrong...about anything. It's all the cycle of life. (All credit to those that can get through to them!!!)

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Re: I need you help: Are young people more prone to risky behavior?

Of course age makes a difference. The younger ones lack the experience that the older ones have learned from.

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Re: I need you help: Are young people more prone to risky behavior?

Younger people are less fearful of death than older people.... which makes sense considering they are generally further away from it.

Perhaps also though that this was always a very good thing tens of thousands of years ago -> younger people, the ones with more able bodies, were more courageous and thus were the ones hunting while the ones that were older, with more weakly bodies, did other tasks.

We can even relate this idea to the present.... the idea of "career death". Younger people are supposed to be more adventurous and take risks with their careers because they can and risk-tasking is often a catalyst for ingenuity -> younger people are less likely to have kids to take care of, less likely to own a home, etc.

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Re: I need you help: Are young people more prone to risky behavior?

Can someone address my friend's POV?

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