The Josephson Institute of Ethics did a study last year about teens and their behaviors in regards to stealing, lying and cheating. The findings were a bit disturbing because they don’t show the teens in the greatest light. We should all be concerned that these teens are the men and women who will be our leaders in years to come.
- Of the teens surveyed, on third of boys and one quarter of girls admitted to shoplifting in the past twelve months. A quarter of these teens said that they had stolen from their parents or relatives. Boys were twice as likely to do this.
- 42% said that they had lied to save some money. 83% said that they had lied to their parents about something quite significant.
- 64% of teens said they had cheated on a test in school within the past twelve months. 38% had done it more than once.
- 93% of these teens said that they were satisfied with themselves with respect to ethics and character.
- 26% even said that they had lied on a minimum of one or two of the survey questions (yes, this survey about honesty)