Archive | July, 2014

Yikes! Millennials Value Cellphones More Than Dental Hygiene

Quick! If you had to pick (and you can only choose one): Leave the house without brushing your teeth or without bringing your cellphone?

It seems like a simple choice, but according to a recent survey, millennials would rather have stinky breath than be disconnected from their mobile devices. Seriously! Bank of America surveyed 1,000 Americans, ages 18 and over, about their everyday must-haves. From the internet to deodorant, the results are interesting.

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Don’t Call Teens ‘Crazy’ — An Explanation For Adolescent Anxiety

When the New York Times published an opinions piece called “Why Teenagers Act Crazy,” we were automatically intrigued. The story focuses on the teenage brain and how its development causes risk-taking and emotional behavior. Although the topic of the story is on-point, we don’t exactly love the title. It seems a bit insulting to categorize teens as “crazy” and sometimes words can have more impact than intended. (Check out this past TeenBeing post about the power of word choice to see what we mean.)

Looking past its title, the article hits on several important points about teens.

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Do You Know How Much Sugar You’re Sipping?

Although you may be aware of the nutritional value of the foods that you’re eating, do you think as much about what’s in your drinks? This must-see photo series by CNN takes a look at the bittersweet reality of beverages and how much sugar they actually contain. It’s definitely an eye-opener, especially in light of the World Health Organization’s new guidelines! WHO’s recommendation is that only 5 percent of total daily calories should be from added sugar.

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Middle Schoolers Are Sexting… And That’s Not All

“Sexting” is a word we hear often when talking about teens, but also one that can be hard to talk about. We know teens spend their whole lives on their phones, and it’s hard to tell how much of the sexting-related terror is just normal teenage flirtation that’s been blown out of proportion.

Well, according to researched gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey, sexually-suggestive texting might not be entirely innocent.

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Read This Before You Binge-Watch!

Netflix is a great invention. But before you schedule your next family movie night, this new study may make you think twice about how much television you and your teens watch.

Researchers found that adults who watch TV three hours or more per day double their risk of premature death from any cause. This study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, highlights the dangers of so much sedentary behavior. Although this study was focused on adults, with an average age of 37, we imagine the TV-watching behavior of teens can have an equally negative effect.

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