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Racking `em up: Teen stats provide a glimpse into the lives, stomachs and pocket books of American teens

* Parents are the major source of income for teenagers (53%), followed by gifts and occasional jobs (47%), part-time jobs (32%), allowances (30%) and full-time jobs (11%)....
July 1, 1999

* Parents are the major source of income for teenagers (53%), followed by gifts and occasional jobs (47%), part-time jobs (32%), allowances (30%) and full-time jobs (11%).

* Some 68% of teens have savings accounts, nearly 20% have checking accounts, 16% own stocks or bonds, and 5% have mutual funds.

* Teenage boys spend about US$70 per week, while teen girls spend US$64.

* Each year, teenage girls spend US$4 billion on cosmetics.

* Teenage boys spend nearly twice as much time watching MTV as they do reading for pleasure.

* The three leading causes of death among teenagers are car accidents, homicide and suicide.

* The average teen eats 4.33 times a day, and 42% eat more than five times a day. One-third of all meals consumed by teens are not eaten at home.

* Teens spend US$12.7 billion a year at fast-food restaurants.

* 89% of teenagers use computers at least several times a week.

* Teens spend an average of 2.5 weekday hours on a home computer and 1.9 hours on-line.

* Before age 18, the average child will witness over 200,000 acts of violence on TV, including 16,000 murders.

* Teens ages 12 to 20 make up 16% of the U.S. population, but purchase 26% of movie tickets.

* Moviegoing is considered an ‘in’ activity by 92% of teens.

* 62% of teens say they watch a home video at least once a week.

* Teens listen to an estimated 10,500 hours of rock music between the seventh and 12th grades-just 500 fewer hours than they spend in school over 12 years.

* In three months from April to June 1998, 71% of teens purchased at least one full-length CD, while 33% bought a CD single and 35% bought a full-length cassette.

* 80% of 12- to 14-year-olds watch music videos.

* Teens ages 13 to 17 say that the following are their favorite types of music: alternative (21%), rap (21%), R&B (14%),

rock (12%) and country (8%).

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