* 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%).