This generation of teens, then, is delaying the responsibilities and pleasures of adulthood. Looking at these trends through the lens of “life history theory” might be useful.Adolescence – once the beginning of adulthood – now seems to be an extension of childhood. According to this model, whether development is “slow” (with teens taking longer to get to adulthood) or “fast” (getting to adulthood sooner) depends on cultural context.The entire developmental path from infancy to full adulthood has slowed.But like any adaptation, the slow life strategy has trade-offs.Today’s teens are more virtuous and responsible, sociologist David Finkelhor has argued.No, says journalist Jess Williams, they’re just more boring.
Nor is more schoolwork: The average teen today spends less time on homework than his counterparts did in the 1990s, with time spent on extracurricular activities staying about the same.
that aired on ABC and The WB starting in the late 1990s.
Instead, it is envisioned as a “dark coming-of-age story,” with Sabrina Spellman battling evil forces while also trying to be a normal half-human / half-witch teenager.
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