But it's not that they don't ponder the the potential consequences. In fact, a new study finds teens spend more time weighing risk than adults and in fact often overestimate the odds of a bad outcome. But the desire for acceptance among peers wins out in the decision-making process of a young mind.
Cornell University researcher Valerie Reyna and Frank Farley of Temple University conducted a review of scientific studies on the topics.
Compared to adults, teens take about 170 milliseconds more weighing the pros and cons of engaging in high-risk behavior, the researchers conclude. Adults scarcely think about risk, perhaps because they think they recognize risk intuitively. Teens, on the other hand, take time to mull the risk vs. benefit equation....
Really sharp, Fuzzy! The Gospel already has an eternal effect on the outcome of the world, it is predestined to be so. However, since we don't know who will deliver the Gospel to whom, it is our responsibility to do so.
Whether a person, young or old, spends 170 ms or 170 minutes weighing consequences about a potential act, good or bad, the point is that because we are a fallen creature, we ALWAYS (because we can't help it) do what is most important to ourselves.
Peer pressure is just one of many reasons why we indulge ourselves in our lusts for things, honor, respect, etc.
Problem is Sin; Solution is a New Life (a new conscience that honors a Holy God) in Christ.
Not pills, not more studies, not support groups. Only the Gospel of Salvation and Redemption of our risen Lord will have a true, eternal effect on the world.