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Jim Liebelt

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What's Hot? 03/27/15

Trending Today on Twitter - 3/27/15
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2. #AskZoella
3. #BoycottIndiana
4. Donnie Tyndall
5. #AlwaysInOurHeartsZaynMalik
7. #CarrotForANight
8. Dave Hart
9. Bruce Pearl
10. Dean Smith
Source: Twitter

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Source: Google

iTunes Top 10 Singles - 3/27/15
1. Bitch Better Have My Money - Rihanna
2. Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars) - Mark Ronson
3. Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
4. Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding
5. Earned It - The Weekend
6. FourFiveSeconds - Rihanna and Kanye West and Paul McCartney
7. Trap Queen - Fetty Wap
8. Sugar - Maroon 5
9. Shut Up and Dance - Walk the Moon
10. GDFR (feat. Sage the Gemini & Lookas) - Flo Rida
Source: iTunes

Top 10 TV Shows in Prime Time - Week Ending 3/22/15
1. Empire
2. Empire Sp - 8p
3. Dancing with the Stars
4. Voice - Tues
5. Voice - Mon
6. 60 Minutes
7. Madam Secretary
9. Survivor
10. NCIS:New Orleans Encore
Source: Nielsen Co.

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5. Dark Lord Funk - Harry Potter Parody of "Uptown Funk"
Source: YouTube

Top 5 Movies - Last Weekend
1. Insurgent
2. Cinderella
3. Run All Night
4. The Gunman
5. Kingsman: The Secret Service
Source: Rotten Tomatoes

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

Crashes caused by distracted teen drivers may be a much more serious problem than previously thought, possibly even four times greater than earlier estimates. Distraction was a factor in nearly 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes in a new analysis of data.

These are the major findings of a report released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a nonprofit research and education organization. The group called the study an "unprecedented look" into the causes of teen crashes and "the most comprehensive research ever conducted into crash videos of teen drivers," a group that has the highest crash rate in the United States.

For the study, researchers analyzed the six seconds leading up to a crash in 1,691 videos of teen drivers taken from in-vehicle event recorders. The results showed that distraction was a factor in 58 percent of all crashes studied. Previous estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicated that distraction is a factor in only 14 percent of all teen driver crashes, the group said.

The report found that the most common forms of distraction leading up to a crash by a teen driver included:

• Interacting with one or more passengers - 15% of crashes
• Cell phone use - 12% of crashes
• Looking at something in the vehicle - 10% of crashes
• Looking at something outside the vehicle - 9% of crashes
• Singing/moving to music - 8% of crashes
• Grooming - 6% of crashes
• Reaching for an object - 6% of crashes

In analyzing the videos, researchers found that teen drivers who manipulated their cell phone had their eyes off the road for an average of 4.1 out of the final six seconds leading up to a crash, and in rear-end crashes failed to react more than half of the time before impact, meaning they crashed without braking or steering.

Based on the report’s findings, the AAA recommends that states prohibit all cell phone use by teen drivers and restrict passengers to one non-family member for the first six months of driving. Currently, 33 states have graduated driver licensing (GDL) laws that prevent cell phone use for teens and 18 states have passenger restrictions meeting AAA’s recommendations, the group noted.

Source: Forbes

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

Teens tend to approach privacy on social media in a significantly different way than adults, according to a new study. While most adults think first and then ask questions, teens tend to take the risk and then seek help.

Teens are typically exposed to greater online risks because they are using social media as a platform for self-expression and acceptance. They may disclose important contact information or photographs with strangers, for example.

"Adults don’t know how big of a deal this is for teens," said Haiyan Jia, post-doctoral scholar in information sciences and technology.

"Adults often find this very difficult to understand and paradoxical because they are so used to considering possible risks of disclosing information online first and then taking the necessary precautions, based on those concerns," said Jia.

"What our model suggests is that teens don’t think this way — they disclose and then evaluate the consequences. The process is more experiential in nature for teens."

"For adults, the basic model is that different factors contribute to an individual’s concern for his or her information privacy and based on that privacy concern the user takes certain actions, for example, disclosing less information," said Pamela Wisniewski, a post-doctoral scholar in information sciences and technology, who worked with Jia. "This is a very rational, adult-focused model, however, that doesn’t seem applicable to teens."

When teens are faced with privacy concerns, they often try to find possible protective actions to diminish risk, according to the researchers. This includes seeking advice from adults, removing online information, or going offline completely.

A parent’s first impulse may be to take away access to the Internet or social media, but completely avoiding risks may cause other problems, said the researchers.

There is "a danger that without taking on the minimum risks, teens will not have access to all the positive benefits the Internet can provide, nor will they learn how to manage risk and how to safely navigate this online world," said Jia.

The researchers presented their findings at the Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing conference.

Source: PsychCentral