Archive | October, 2013

Virtually Numbed: Are Teens Losing Empathy in Video Games?

As technology has crept into the mainstream through the decades, conspiracy theorists and science fiction enthusiasts have always warned that robots, computers, and virtual reality would eventually blur the lines between humanity and technology. And according to a recent study published in the Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, these theories may be more scientific-fact than science-fiction. In the gaming world, you may hear the word “immersive” being thrown around a lot. This term describes a game’s ability to pull you into its world. It’s a term most often reserved for games […]

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This Week’s Teen Flaunt: Rachel Was Bullied

As a teen or preteen, there’s nothing more painful than seeing longtime friendships fade. But for Rachel, now 22, that shift was extra unbearable: She wasn’t just dropped by her former friend-group—she was bullied by them too. Rather than walk away from the girls who humiliated her on a daily basis, she clung to the bond they used to have, and attempted to change herself to win their approval. It didn’t work, and eventually, Rachel realized she was simply feeding their power play. Here’s how she summoned the confidence to walk away:   […]

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Friday Faves!

It’s that time again! The Choices/TeenBeing team has rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. 1. Ever wonder what’s in a chicken nugget? Well, you probably don’t really want to know. After dissecting two nuggets from an unnamed national fast-food restaurant (our guess is they came straight from a Happy Meal), two medical researchers have revealed that these “kid-friendly” pieces contain mostly fat and barely any chicken at all. One of the researchers, Dr. Richard deShazo, compared the ingredients to super glue: Gross. 2. We definitely teared […]

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Cyberbullies Become Criminals and Use Brand-New Apps to Torment

Today, Rebecca Ann Sedwick should be eating cupcakes leftover from her 13th birthday party. But rather than celebrating with Rebecca this past Saturday, her friends and family wrote messages of support on an anti-bullying Facebook page established in her name. After months of being harassed by her friends-turned-tormentors on social media apps and sites like Kik Messenger and Ask.fm, Rebecca took her own life on September 9th. She was only 12 years old. In the weeks after Rebecca’s death, there has been a media frenzy surrounding her story as parents […]

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Monday Munchies: Orange and Black Bean Soup

It’s Monday and we’re hungry! We gave you a list of the 10 foods teens should eat in our September issue and now we want to show you some tasty ways to prepare them. Start the week off right with a simple, healthy, and delicious recipe that focuses on teen nutrition and that even the most kitchen-newbie can create. This week, Orange and Black Bean Soup! It’s getting cold out there and this warm, hearty soup is the perfect meal to come home to. Heat it up as a snack or pair […]

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Friday Faves!

Happy Friday! The Choices/TeenBeing team has rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. 1. Cold season is coming and we all know how important it is to wash our hands, and to wash them often; but what about hand sanitizer? Is that little bottle you keep in your car doing you any good? Experts are saying no and to stick to the sink instead. 2. Put down the Oreo! A recent experiment has revealed that the tasty, cream-filled cookie may be just as addicting as the drugs cocaine and morphine. […]

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Quote of the Day: Oscar Wilde

Happy birthday, Oscar Wilde! Thanks for all of the great quotes. Here’s one of our favorites, perfect for National Bullying Prevention Month: “Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.” Do you have a favorite anti-bullying quote? Share it in the comments below!  

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It’s Let’s Talk (About Sex) Month, So … Let’s Talk Before You Talk

I don’t have any kids yet, so at first glance, I might not be the obvious author of a blog post about how to approach the world’s most cringe-worthy, heart-stoppingly awkward topic with your teens. But as an editor at Seventeen, I spent more than four years doing research into the psyches of teen girls and guys and talking with high schoolers (I’d say almost daily) about their biggest questions, fears, confusions and regrets about sex. There was always a certain trust there—I’d say I probably fell somewhere between a […]

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Monday Munchies: Spicy Mango Salsa

It’s Monday and we’re hungry! We gave you a list of the 10 foods teens should eat in our September issue and now we want to show you some tasty ways to prepare them. Start the week off right with a simple, healthy, and delicious recipe that focuses on teen nutrition and that even the most kitchen-newbie can create. This week, Spicy Mango Salsa  You’ll love the combination of flavors in this spicy, sweet salsa. Put it on top of anything to add a health kick to you dish! Ingredients: 1 ripe […]

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Friday Faves: Facebook Gets Less Private, Glee Remembers Cory Monteith, and More

TGIF! The Choices/TeenBeing team has rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. 1. October 11th is the International Day of the Girl Child, a day designated by the United Nations as a time to focus on promoting the rights of girls all over the world. Check out our post about one of our favorite girl advocates, Malala. 2. Social and emotional learning can be just as important to a teen’s development as what they learn from a textbook, so making schools into happy, healthy environments is […]

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