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Because of China’s rigorous college entrance examination, dating is rarely tolerated among high school students. That doesn’t mean that Chinese teens don’t have high school crushes or even relationships (mostly secret ones).But in general, Chinese students leave high school with a lot less romantic experience than their American counterparts.I think they get stressed because somebody puts a demand on them and they don't want to do it," he says."However, on their behalf, I will fall back on the fact that hard numbers tell us kids are more anxious and depressed than they've ever been."A literature review of mental health among U. adolescents by the non-profit Child Trends released last year, for example, found that one in four high school students have shown mild symptoms of depression.
Only about 37% of teens surveyed exercise or walk to manage stress; 28% play sports.
The report says stress appears to be affecting teens' performance in all aspects of life:• 59% report that managing their time to balance all activities is a somewhat or very significant stressor;• 40% say they neglected responsibilities at home because of stress; 21% say they neglected work or school because of stress;• 32% say they experience headaches because of stress; 26% report changes in sleeping habits;• 26% report snapping at or being short with classmates or teammates when under stress.
Hannah Sturgill, 18, of Portsmouth, Ohio, was among those surveyed last summer when she was 17 and heading into her senior year in high school."The last two years in high school have been the most stressful for me and my friends," she says.
Many more choose what experts say are less healthy activities, including playing video games (46%) and spending time online (43%).
This is the first time the group has focused on teen stress.