A new study about teens from researchers at University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and Stanford shows some interesting things about the inaccuracy of perceptions. Here’s a blurb from the press release about the study:
…teens themselves have dramatic misperceptions about what their peers are doing when it comes to sex, drugs and studying, possibly prompting them to conform to social norms that don’t exist.
That’s according to new research that shows adolescents overestimate the amount of drug- and alcohol-use and sexual behaviors that many of their peers are engaging in. At the same time, they underestimate the amount of time their peers spend on studying or exercise.
You can read the whole study here.
Does YA lit accurately reflect what’s going on in teens’ lives? What do you think?