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12 View Point The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana December 8, 1989 By FATHER |OSEPH L. ZILIAK Associate Publisher Dealing with 00Foung people using some statistics How do you read statistics? If the statistics deal with ma area that I feel I have some knowledge about, I will usually do a mental comparison and respond with a "yes, that sounds correct," or "I wonder how they got that number." I also respond differently to a set of statistics that deal with some moral situation than I do about other issues. For instance, I am far more interested in studies about family life than I am about the number of rabbits currently running loose in Mar- tin County. (You may conclude from that statement that I am not a rabbit hunter. Your conclusion is correct.) I read some findings in the latest issue of Parents and Teenagers that I would like to share with you. - The amount of time that girls talk on the phone more than doubles between fifth and ninth grade. Fifth-grade girls talk on the phone about one-half hour every week. Ninth-graders spend three hours or more each week on tile phone. - One common factor among teenagers who achieve highly in the National Merit Scholarship testing is that they eat dinner with their families every day. Another study shows that families who eat together also tend to have more stability in their marriages and careers. - 92 percent of 5oyear-olds think it&apos;s wrong to tell a lie. By the age of 11 only 28 percent think the same way. By ages 10 to 12 kids judge a lie ac- cording to a situation. For instance, a 12-year-old would have no trouble telling an overweight friend that she is not overweight. Two-thirds of first- graders say their parents can tell when they'ru ly- ing. Yet more than 50 percent of seventh-graders say they can lie to their parents without getting caught. Many 11th-graders say the first time they were able to lie and get away with it was in the fifth or sixth grade. o Comparing how things were when mom was growing up to today's teenagers could give some insight into differences of lifestyle and ex- periences. Divorced parents - for mom, 5 percent; for today's teenagers, 23 percent. Dating at 15 - for mom, 34 percent; for today, 73 percent. Working morn - for morn, 31 percent, for today, 72 percent. - About two out of every three college students see nothing wrong with getting drunk once in a while, according to a study of freshmen and sophomores at Northern Illinois University. Occa- sionally getting drunk as long as it doesn't get in the way of school responsibilities, 62 percent. Drinking alcohol without getting drunk is okay, 22 percent. There's nothing wrong with getting drunk, 9 percent. Drinking alcohol is never a good idea, 7 percent. - The worry list for teenagers includes the following. 1. Doing well in school. 2. How I look. 3. Having friends. 4. Getting a good job when I'm out of school 5. My weight. 6. Dying young. 7. Nuclear war. 8. Fighting in my family. 9. That I might get AIDS. 10. Pregnancy. 11. Sexually transmitted diseases. 12. My family not having enough money for food and a place to live. 13. Whether I am normal. 14. Racial discrimination. 15. My parents' drinking. These are just some current numbers that are appearing in print. We can each match them against our own experience and see if we find them acceptable and believable. They might also give us some clues as to what to look for or speak about in our dealing with young people. Beta Club members New members of the Beta Club at Marian Heights Academy, Ferdinand, are, front row, left, Stormie Tucker, Melissa Derderian, Jennifer Olson, Raffaella Romano, DeAnna Caudillo, Amy Johnson, Jennifer Bouffard, Rita Gandhy, Kia Diener, Angela Harris, back row, Sister Jane Ann Breen, ad- visor, Erika White, Mary Espy, Julie Fabb, Karin Tanaka, Falisha Ball, Jennifer Ellison, Asuka Karasawa, Kim Nasief, Debbie Heyman, Buffy Pierson. HOLY : ', FATHER . ' COUNCIL "_. Meets at University of Evansville Newman Center 2nd 4th Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Msgr. M.E. Bilskie, chaplain New members invited. Call Tommy Wathen Grand Knight, 476-4020 HUNNGBURG Buehlers I.G.A. " "The Thrifty Housewife's Source of Savings" QUALITY F 3ODS. MEATS HUNTINGBURG iii Compliments Nass & Son Inc. FUNERAL HOME Huntingburq Ind, IWOi'00 ............... 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