This survey of nearly 30,000 American teenagers makes for grim reading. Here are some of the lowlights:
- 30% admitted having shoplifted within the last year
- 42% sometimes lie in order to save money
- 64% cheated on a test within the last year
- 36% plagiarised internet sources for their homework
But wait, there’s more!
26% admitted that they had lied on at least one or two of the questions. So I think we can assume that all those figures should be somewhat higher.
Can it get any more depressing? Oh yes!
93% of these kids were satisfied with their personal ethics and character
77% felt that when it comes to doing what is right, they were better than most people they knew.
No, I don’t think American kids are more immoral than those in the UK. In fact I’d have guessed that in some respects they had rather higher ethical standards. I think that these statistics reflect a much more general erosion of any sense of moral conscience in western society.