What are your teenagers up to?

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
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The percentage of sexually active teens declined from 38 percent 20 years ago, to just over a third last year.

(NBC) - Sometimes it's difficult to know what our teenagers are up to, but a new report gives some insight into their behavior.

Increasingly, the nation's teenagers are saying no to cigarettes, bringing the teen smoking rate to the lowest recorded level in more than two decades.

A new survey from the Centers for Disease Control includes data on more than 13,000 high school students.

While they're smoking fewer cigarettes, teenagers are getting nicotine in other products, like hookahs, e-cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco.

The percentage of sexually active teens declined from 38 percent 20 years ago, to just over a third last year.

But condom usage is also down. A trend CDC director Tom Frieden attributes to messages about safe sex "getting lost."

Television watching is down, it seems, replaced by a huge increase in recreational computer time.

Nearly half of teens are staring into a gadget more than three hours a day, including times when their eyes should be on the road.

About 40 percent of teens admitted to texting while driving.

Other parts of the survey found fist fights in high schools have declined, and fewer teens are drinking soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages.


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