Teens do weigh risk

but it isn’t as important as being accepted by their friends.

Teens often decide that the benefits of risky behavior immediate gratification or peer acceptance—outweigh the risks, Reyna said. She figures its better to teach teens some “gist-based” thinking skills, such as putting risks into general categories rather than lecturing with specific data and details.

Good advice from a scientific viewpoint. To get more about this read Live Science’s article.