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The Age of Stress Youth have the easy life right Wrong While it may seem that most youth just go to school talk on the phone for hours play video games and watch TV they actually have more responsibilities and stress then most imagine Research from the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan found that preteens spend an average of eight hours more a week at school two hours more on sports three hours more on chores and fewer hours watching TV or relaxing than preteens did 16 years ago They also found that out of 8000 high school students and people in their early 20s nearly two-thirds of the correspondents feel stressed out at least once a week Many youth try to squeeze in schoolwork friends TV fitness clubs and sleep all from the time they leave school until they have to get ready for school the next morning As a result stress is a major problem for youths This is shown in the academics home and in their extracurricular activities One of the major things causing youth stress is academics The biggest source of this is homework For example the March 2 2001 Issues and Controversies On File article Homework says that students are overburdened by homework Homework levels have risen dramatically and the students are assigned more homework today than ever before The article states The homework stressed children unduly often making them sick 67 To further illustrate the same article states In 1981 six-to-eight-year olds averaged 44 minutes of homework per week By 1997 that weekly total had almost tripled to 123 minutes per week For children aged nine to twelve homework increased to three hours and 37 minutes weekly from two hours and 49 minutes Also an article entitled Too Young To Freak in the October 2001 issue of Seventeen magazine constructed a survey of 5315 people on the most stressful things in a teenagers life
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