The inability to monitor their behaviour: texting while driving, sexting, giving in to peer pressure demands of peers and boyfriends, seems to call some.
Unfortunately, it seems that teens grow up, but not all grow out of the behaviour. We find 40-somethings in the news, with high falutin' high-speed snow machines, and an income to support these expensive hobbies, high marking on mountains, during avalanche seasons.
Or the incident where the off-duty police officers, late at night in the dark, used a radar speed gun, to measure the speed of their sled.
www.durhamregion.com/print/125738Share15 Mar 2007 – He died in a snowmobile collision on Saturday. ... an off-duty Durham Regional police officer, were both killed while ... According to Kawartha Lakes OPP, Mr. White was driving his Arctic Cat at high speed and Mr. Hearn was standing on the ice, monitoring the speed with a radar gun when the sled hit him.
Judgement, adaptation, innovation are at its peak, without mature controls to govern behaviour.
Teen brains are susceptible to sleep deprivation. How many tired teens do you know?
Teen brains are creating and forming many new synapses, and until the adult brain prunes the brain cell connections it doesn't need, it grows quickly. Eventually, as adults the brain uses neural pathways more succinctly.
A WORK IN PROGRESS
|The train was coming as I took the photo.|
A mom and her teens were up there.
"Research during the past 10 years, powered by technology such as functional magnetic resonance imaging, has revealed that young brains have both fast-growing synapses and sections that remain unconnected. This leaves teens easily influenced by their environment and more prone to impulsive behavior, even without the impact of souped-up hormones and any genetic or family predispositions.
Teen brains, for example, are more susceptible than their adult counterparts to alcohol-induced toxicity. Jensen highlights an experiment in which rat brain cells were exposed to alcohol, which blocks certain synaptic activity."