Archive | December, 2014

Malala’s Nobel Prize Speech Proves She’s An Incredible Teen

Back in October, Malala Yousafzai became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. The 17-year-old education advocate shares this year’s honor with Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi. On Wednesday, Malala officially accepted the award and gave an amazing speech. While you should definitely check out the entire thing, here are a few excerpts that prove this teen is extraordinary!


More Sleep Leads to More Happy Thoughts

In case you need extra motivation to get a good night’s sleep, consider this: the less sleep you get, the more negative thoughts fill your brain. According to new research from Binghamton University, individuals who go to bed later and get less sleep are more likely to be overwhelmed by negative thoughts. So a simple solution? If you want to be happier, get more rest. While it’s not guaranteed to fix all of your woes, it’s a great starting point.


Who’s the Biggest Influence on Teens’ Drinking Habits?

While “peer pressure” is an ever-present force in social interactions, it may not be the peers you expect that are having the biggest influence on teens… Or at least when it comes to underage drinking. According to new research, instead of being influenced by what they believe all of the other kids are doing, teens are actually impacted the most by the decisions of their close friends. In other words, if a teen hangs out with others who drink, they’re more likely to engage in that behavior themselves. Likewise, if a teen hangs out with non-drinkers, they’re less inclined to drink, despite what a bunch of their classmates may do on the weekend.


Use Your #TBT to Remember a Loved One Today

Typically on Thursdays, a scroll through Instagram features baby pictures galore. That’s because #TBT (or Throwback Thursday) has become a constant trend in social media. Tying into this theme, Too Damn Young has decided to declare today, Dec. 4, as Remembrance Day. It’s a day for teens and young adults who have lost loved ones to remember those individuals in the best light—with a photo accompanied by a sweet or funny memory in the caption.


Procrastination in the Age of Distraction

Procrastination is a crime, it only leads to sorrow. I can stop it anytime, I think I will tomorrow…

I learned that little jingle back in 7th grade, and it still goes through my head when I’m putting things off. Like just the other day when, Ironically enough… I was trying to assess these projects. On procrastination.

Procrastination has always been an issue for middle school students. I mean… it must have been, if my 7th grade teacher, Mr. Everett felt the need to teach us a song about it. And this was way back in 1989, when our biggest distractions (at least mine anyway) were the phone, Sweet Valley High books, and a Milli Vanilli song on the radio. Don’t judge me. I’m sure the 7th grade you had questionable taste as well.


The Marijuana Infographic Every Teen Needs to See

Though the laws surrounding marijuana are changing, more facts about the effects this drug has on the adolescent brain are still surfacing. Make no mistake, marijuana is still a mind-altering substance, and more and more studies are revealing the dangers of using it during adolescence.

“Studies show that marijuana interferes with attention, motivation, memory, and learning. Students who use marijuana regularly tend to get lower grades and are more likely to drop out of high school than those who don’t use,” explains The National Institute on Drug Abuse.


Should High School Lacrosse Players Wear Headgear? The Debate Continues

While playing high school sports has been proven to improve mental health, it can also have some damaging effects on the brain… if students don’t wear proper headgear, that is. New research from Brown University takes a look at the effect playing lacrosse can have on female players’ brains, in terms of injury. This info comes at a critical time, since there has been debate about whether female players should have to wear headgear.


Are Mean Boys The New Mean Girls In School?

Bullying occurs in schools — there’s no doubt about that. However, who’s causing the bullying is up for discussion. There’s no stereotypical “bully,” and a new study suggests it isn’t all caused by the quintessential “mean girl.” As the beloved Tina Fey movie Mean Girls suggests, there is a group of catty girls that dictates a school’s social hierarchy. But new research from the University of Georgia says that boys actually manipulate others more than female students do.