More students should take time off from school, and take time on in real life. This gives them a chance to rediscover what excites them, and learn what they want, and how they want to.
In the US, it's estimated that only 2% of students take a gap year. That's just an estimation -- no one has actually bothered to track this.
But it's so important. Taking a gap year helps young people build lives they WANT to lead, instead of ones they think they *should* be leading.