Why do many teens behave so recklessly? According to studies conducted in the 1990s and reported recently, there may be scientific explanations to this behavior:
…Our brains undergo a massive reorganization between our 12th and 25th years. …[A]s we move through adolescence, the brain undergoes extensive remodeling, resembling a network and wiring upgrade.
While an adolescent’s brain is learning this new network, it often misfires. Since the development is occurring in the prefrontal cortex (the section of the brain that weighs outcomes, forms judgments and controls impulses and emotions), unpredictable behavior can happen.
As NPR’s Richard Knox says,
It’s not so much whatteens are thinking — it’s how.