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Wasted Youth: College Freshmen Tell ALL

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Parents, listen up.

When we embarked on our "Wasted Youth" investigation, we expected to find kids partying on weekends and occasionally missing classes. What we actually found was much more disturbing -- freshmen partying until they pass out, kids having sex with numerous partners, and others getting so wasted that they had to be rushed to the hospital.

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We surveyed over 2,500 freshmen from all over the nation to see if this was the norm. Sadly not only is it the norm, it's way worse than we ever suspected. Here are some of the most shocking things that we found:

57% of freshmen drank before college and 68% drink now that they are in college
• 21% drink 3 or more days a week
• 26% drink on weekends only
• 34% drink enough to get buzzed and then stop
• 35% drink until they are very drunk
• 37% drink until they're very drunk, throw up, or pass out

Since being in college:

• 36% of kids have thrown up from drinking too much
• 32% of kids have not remembered the night before
• 26% of kids have passed out from drinking too much
• 32% have hooked up with or had sex with someone they regret
• 13% have woken up somewhere and not know how they got there

49% of freshmen whose parents are paying for school DO NOT feel an obligation to NOT party and focus on school

50% of freshmen say that their parents DID NOT talk to them about partying before they left for school

48% of freshmen say their parents WOULD NOT approve of their behavior, while 50% say their parents WOULD approve

56% of freshmen say they know someone who has ended up in the hospital because of partying

38% of freshmen admit to having sex with one or more people since arriving at school

  • 17% say they've had a "booty call"
  • 22% say they've had sex while drunk
  • 11% of students say they have felt pressure to have sex with someone they didn't want to
  • 61% of freshmen plan on continuing partying after college graduation

Here are the rest of our College Freshmen Survey results:

65% of students go to schools that cost $15,000 or more

71% of parents pay for half or all of the college tuition
• 42% of parents had the money to pay for college
• 18% of parents took out a loan to pay for college

40% of freshmen did drugs before college
• 40% smoked pot
• 11% took prescription drugs
• 8% took ADD/ADHD medicine
• 6% did cocaine

Since being in college, 31% of freshmen have tried drugs
• 32% smoked pot
• 6% took prescription drugs
• 6% took ADD/ADHD medicine

Kids say they party to:
• Release from the stress of school (30%)
• Make friends (23%)
• Relax (21%)

69% say they don't think they party too much

25% of freshmen have missed classes/assignments because they've partied too much and 10% admit their grades are suffering because of partying

75% of freshmen feel that there ARE negative ramifications to partying

26% of freshmen feel they have to party to fit in

40% of freshmen say their parents DON'T know how much they party, while 34% say their parents DO know how much they party

40% of freshmen say that peer pressure is the same as or worse than in college than in high school


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3 comments so far | Post a comment now
Laura August 18, 2009, 10:57 AM

Is this really news to anyone though? I think the numbers are not all that shocking. People are being naive if they don’t think baby is going to get a little crazy after leaving the nest for the first time. I am not saying all people do this, but I think it is the norm.

AUALUMLSULAW August 24, 2009, 11:48 PM

The numbers seem very low, people are either hiding or lying.

screw you logic mom January 10, 2010, 6:26 PM

Jesus Christ who didn’t know this before and who cares. Granted some of these stats are serious, like the cocaine one, but ones like…

“49% of freshmen whose parents are paying for school DO NOT feel an obligation to NOT party and focus on school”.

… are just fuck1ng retarted. There’s a difference between partying responsibly and irresponsibly. As challenging as college can be, there is significant downtime, so who gives a sh1t if you choose to party in your down time. Ironically I know many people who don’t party that have terrible grades and many that do party responsibly (and even a few that party wayyy too much) and maintain really high grades.

Point in case: You can study and get good grades AND party, make friends, and not lock yourself up in your room with books. But obviously momlogic, which would rather your child wear a chastity belt, have no friends, and never look at alcohol.


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