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*The following is excerpted from an online article from the Huffington Post.

Facebook can help friends stay connected and may even boost an individual's self-esteem. But researchers at the University of Montreal recently found that the social network may play a role in negatively affecting teens when it comes to their stress levels.

As it turns out, having more friends isn't always better. In a study published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, researchers found that once teens exceeded 300 friends, their levels of the stress hormone cortisol tended to be higher than teens who had fewer than 300 friends.

In the experiment, 88 participants aged 12 to 17 were asked about their Facebook use, including how often they visited the site, how many friends they had, how they promoted themselves on the network and how they supported their friends online. Cortisol samples were also collected from the adolescents four times a day for three days, and the researchers found that teens with more than 300 Facebook pals showed consistently higher levels of cortisol.

Of course, Facebook isn't the only stress hormone-raising factor in an adolescent's life; there's puberty, homework and the requisite schoolyard drama in play.

"While other important external factors are also responsible, we estimated that the isolated effect of Facebook on cortisol was around 8 percent," professor Sonia Lupien, the study's lead author, said in a statement. "We were able to show that beyond 300 Facebook friends, adolescents showed higher cortisol levels."

Source: Huffington Post

*The following is excerpted from an online article from the Pew Research Center.

American Millennials are far more likely than older generations to say the government should be able to prevent people from saying offensive statements about minority groups, according to a new analysis of Pew Research Center survey data on free speech and media across the globe.

We asked whether people believe that citizens should be able to make public statements that are offensive to minority groups, or whether the government should be able to prevent people from saying these things. Four-in-ten Millennials say the government should be able to prevent people publicly making statements that are offensive to minority groups, while 58% said such speech is OK.

Even though a larger share of Millennials favor allowing offensive speech against minorities, the 40% who oppose it is striking given that only around a quarter of Gen Xers (27%) and Boomers (24%) and roughly one-in-ten Silents (12%) say the government should be able to prevent such speech.

Compared with people we surveyed in dozens of nations, Americans as a whole are less likely to favor the government being able to prevent speech of any kind. The debate over what kind of speech should be tolerated in public has become a major story around the globe in recent weeks – from racial issues on many U.S. college campuses to questions about speech laws in Europe in the wake of concerns about refugees from the Middle East and the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Overall, our global survey found that a majority of Americans say that people should be able to say offensive things about minority groups publicly. Two-thirds of Americans say this, compared with a median of 35% among the 38 nations we polled.

In the U.S., our findings also show a racial divide on this question, with non-whites more likely (38%) to support government prevention of such speech than non-Hispanic whites (23%).

Nearly twice as many Democrats say the government should be able to stop speech against minorities (35%) compared with Republicans (18%). Independents, as is often the case, find themselves in the middle. One-third of all women say the government should be able to curtail speech that is offensive to minorities vs. 23% of men who say the same.

Source: Pew Research Center

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Source: Twitter

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Source: Google

iTunes Top 10 Singles - 11/20/15
1. Hello - Adele
2. Sorry - Justin Bieber
3. Love Yourself - Justin Bieber
4. When We Were Young - Adele
5. Great Is Thy Faithfulness (the Voice) - Jordan Smith
6. Hotline Bling - Drake
7. I Know What You Did Last Summer - Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
8. What Do You Mean? - Justin Bieber
9. Die a Happy Man - Thomas Rhett
10. Remedy - Adele
Source: iTunes

Top 10 TV Shows in Prime Time - Week Ending 11/15/15
1. Sunday Night Football
2. 60 Minutes
4. The Big Bang Theory
5. Dancing with the Stars
6. Sunday Night Football Pre-kick
7. NCIS: New Orleans
8. Voice
9. Madam Secretary
10. Empire
Source: Nielsen Co.

Top Free iOS Social Apps - Today - 11/20/15
1. Messenger
2. Facebook
3. Twitter
4. Pinterest
5. WhatsApp
Source: iOSapp Stats

Top 5 Movies - Last Weekend
1. Spectre
2. The Peanuts Movie
3. Love the Coopers
4. The Martian
5. The 33
Source: Rotten Tomatoes