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What are Gen Z doing on their vacations? Thomas Hawk, Creative Commons (2010) ©

How American teens are spending their summer

Sleeping in, driving around town and going to the beach – this is what American summers are made of. Or at least they used to be. Today’s hyper-driven teens don’t have time to be lazy, instead optimising their vacations and college applications with summer jobs, internships and enrichment courses.

 

 

 

 

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Sleeping in, driving around town and going to the beach – this is what American summers are made of. Or at least they used to be. Today’s hyper-driven teens don’t have much time for lazy summer days. Instead, they’re trying to optimise their vacations and college applications with summer jobs, sports camps, volunteer opportunities and enrichment courses.

For high schoolers not looking for a job, high-status internships are increasingly sought after. Concerned about the competitive and rapidly changing job market, teens and their parents are feeling pressured to prepare for the future; 55% of high school students report that their parents are putting pressure on them to pursue internships, while 42% said that they’re influenced by the economy. [1]

“Summer vacation’s changing role – from a time to kick back to a time to lean in – is part of a larger trend that is putting emotional stress on teenagers, a potentially vulnerable population of kids who find themselves under more pressure to succeed than many adults,” writes journalist Beth Teitell. [2] As American teens look to take on more responsibilities during their summer holidays, is there any time left to enjoy their youth? Read more at Canvas8