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Jim Liebelt Christian Blog and Commentary

Jim Liebelt

Senior Editor of Publications for HomeWord

What's Hot? 02/27/15

Trending Today on Twitter - 2/27/15
1. #Focus
2. #TheDress
3. #RuinAFairyTale
4. #HouseofCardsSeason3
5. #WhereAreUNow
7. Almost 21
8. Jihadi John
9. Dominicans
10. Newt Gingrich
Source: Twitter

Hot Searches on Google - 2/27/15
1. White And Gold Dress
2. Net Neutrality
3. the dress
4. Mohammed Emwazi
5. House of Cards season 3
6. Llama
7. sodomy
8. How to Get Away with Murder
9. Scandal
10. Cleveland Cavaliers
Source: Google

iTunes Top 10 Singles - 2/27/15
1. Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars) - Mark Ronson
2. Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
3. Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding
4. FourFiveSeconds - Rihanna and Kanye West and Paul McCartney
5. Someone - Kelly Clarkson
6. Sugar - Maroon 5
7. Earned It - The Weekend
8. Style - Taylor Swift
9. I want You to Know (feat. Selena Gomez) - Zedd
10. Time of Our Lives - Pitbull & Ne-Yo
Source: iTunes

Top 10 TV Shows in Prime Time - Week Ending 2/22/15
1. The Oscars
2. Live From the Red Carpet 3
4. The Big Bang Theory
5. Live From the Red Carpet 2
6. NCIS: New Orleans
7. The Odd Couple
8. Two and a Half Men
9. Empire
10. Live From the Red Carpet 1
Source: Nielsen Co.

Top YouTube Videos - Ages 13-17 - 2/27/15
1. GTA 5 Online: Windmill Bridge of Death & Red vs. Blue
2. Wheel of Musical Impressions with Christina Aguilera
3. The Freezing Homeless Child! (Social Experiment)
4. 886Beatz - Backyardigans Remix
5. Rihanna And Kanye West And Paul McCartney - FourFiveSeconds
Source: YouTube

Top 5 Movies - Last Weekend
1. Fifty Shades of Grey
2. Kingsman: The Secret Service
3. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
4. McFarland USA
5. The DUFF
Source: Rotten Tomatoes

*The following is excerpted from an online article from the International Business Times.

Teenagers belonging to single-parent household are less likely to attain a bachelor's degress than those from two-parent households, a new study finds.

The study was conducted by researchers from New York University, the University of California, Irvine and the University of Chicago. This is one of the few studies that look into the link between adolescents’ family situations and their future educational attainment.

For the study, researchers used data the from U. S. Department of Labor’s Panel Study of Income Dynamics. The researchers noted that though the number years of school completed increased over time for children of both single- and two-parent families, teens from single-family homes received fewer years of schooling throughout the time period. The gap between the two groups widened from 0.63 years for those who were age 24 in 1978 to 1.32 years for those who were age 24 in 2009, with the widening accelerating in the 1990s.

“The negative relationship between living with a single parent and educational attainment has grown since the time Moynihan’s report was published, which is troubling,” Kathleen M. Ziol-Guest, research associate professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development and one of the study’s authors, said in a press statement. “In other words, American children raised in single-parent homes appear to be at a greater disadvantage educationally than ever before.”

Researchers also noted a disparity in college graduation rates. During the 1980s, the likelihood of graduating from college was 8 percentage points less among those who had lived in single-parent families than their peers with two-parent families. In the 11-year period ending in 2009, that gap more than doubled to 17 percentage points.

Looking further into this phenomenon, researchers found that lower income in single-parent households accounted for half of the education disadvantage that students from such families face. Other influencing factors include mother’s age, mother’s education and number of siblings.

Findings of the study were published online in the journal Education Next.

Source: International Business Times

*The following is excerpted from an online article from eMarketer.

Turning 12 or 13 years old used to mean entering the "awkward years." Now, it means entering the mobile world, based on Rocket Fuel polling conducted in December 2014. About three in 10 US parent internet users who had at least one child under 18 in the household planned to buy mobile phones for their children when they were 12 or 13 years old.

Notably, 13% of parents said they’d buy their children mobile phones at 10 or 11 years old—especially when they turned 10 and celebrated the big entry to double digits. Including the additional 5% of respondents who would be so kind as to purchase a mobile phone for their 8- and 9-year-olds, 33% intended to buy such devices for their children before they entered their teenage years, meaning it’s never too early for mobile phone makers to start pulling at parents’ wallets.

"Children" who aren’t lucky enough to receive a mobile phone by the ripe age of 13 won’t have to wait too much longer. Fully 33% of parents intended to gift their children with mobile phones between the ages of 14 and 16. The percentage of respondents dropped off dramatically after this age—most would already gift phones by then, while others fell into the 8% of parents who didn’t plan on buying these for their children.

Parents remain conflicted over whether it’s a good thing for their children to have mobile phones, but they’re leaning slightly toward the positive, based on October 2014 research by Hart Research Associates for Family Online Safety Institute. Among US parents of children ages 6 to 17, 38% said smartphone ownership was more beneficial than harmful to their kids, compared with 29% who said the opposite.

Source: eMarketer