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2010/1/20-29 [Science, Politics/Domestic/President/Reagan] UID:53645 Activity:nil
1/20    Food for thought: kids today are more responsible and less selfish
        than kids from 80s... the REAGAN era.
        http://news.cnet.com/8301-19518_3-10434969-238.html
        \_ As a parent of a kindergartener, I don't think so.
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Share A study released Wednesday by the Girl Scouts shows that young people report they take fewer risks and treat each other better than their counterparts of a generation ago. Good Intentions: The Beliefs and Values of Teens and Tweens Today," is based on a national study conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute and Harris Interactive. It's based on research conducted with 3,263 students from 3rd to 12th grade from throughout the US The sample included youth in and out of scouting. Most youth wouldn't forward an embarrassing e-mail (Credit: Girl Scout Research Institute) With some exceptions, the survey is identical to one carried out in 1989, which provides some comparative data on how young people's perceptions of risk, values, and etiquette have changed since the advent of the commercial Internet and social networking. 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Later, after reading it, the data seemed more detached/scientific than when it was out of context. groink_hi January 16, 2010 12:15 PM PST These sort of "what kids say and not what they actually do" surveys is just as credible as the driver tests you must take in order to get a driver's license. There's a difference between what people "know" is right/wrong, and what they'd actually do in a real-life situation. Many careless accidents caused by breaking road laws are caused by the very people who said they wouldn't do these things in the driver tests. One other thing people must remember, and that is the X-generation didn't have the "toys" Y-generation now have. 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