Optimism From Otherwise Uncorrelated Data

Typically, I avoid trying to group ideas together when there’s no observed link between them. “Correlation is not causation.” There have been several new studies, though, that make me VERY optimistic about the future. Let’s get to it.

Teen Pregnancy Rates Continue to drop. That’s amazing. Not only are they declining, they’re continuing to decline. And that’s not a decrease in births. It includes all pregnancies that are reported, regardless of whether they end in live birth, abortion, or miscarriage. The rate is HALF of what it was 22 years prior. There’s a map on the page that shows regional variation. I count this as a great thing, given how socially, emotionally, and financially unprepared I expect most teenagers to be for childrearing. I’m not going to hypothesize why that may be, but I will note it exist. It’s also been shown that high school dropout rates also continue to decline, and Pew Research also published an article about Younger Americans and Public Libraries. They had several highlights, but this one stood out to me:

Millennials are quite similar to their elders when it comes to the amount of book reading they do, but young adults are more likely to have read a book in the past 12 months.

Reading is important. Spelling, too. A recent xkcd recently mentioned a study that showed that kids who text more often are better at spelling. His explanation for why this happens seems to tie all these things together for me. This is a generation where reading and writing aren’t just an integral piece of their lives, but so everyday that it would be weird day without them, and hopefully that the ease of that communication encourages more open, honest discussions and makes life better for them.

I guess what I’m saying is that the next generation has all the statistics showing that they’ve got a lot of good behavior. There’s a lot of promise for a better tomorrow, and I find that exciting. Here’s hoping the bad behavior from their elders doesn’t weigh them down too much.

Thanks for reading.

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