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Jim Liebelt Christian Blog and Commentary

Jim Liebelt

Senior Editor of Publications for HomeWord

What's Hot? 04/17/15

Trending Today on Twitter - 4/17/15
1. #Unfriended
2. #ShawnOnGMA
3. #1YearSinceMagcon
4. #FridayFeeling
5. #foxflashbackfriday
6. Niall and Melissa
7. #EbolaRecovery
8. Jonathan Krueger
9. Happy Friday Everyone
10. Principals Matter
Source: Twitter

Hot Searches on Google - 4/17/15
1. NBA Playoffs
2. NHL
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4. Aaron Hernandez
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10. Samsung Galaxy S6
Source: Google

iTunes Top 10 Singles - 4/17/15
1. See You Again (feat. Charlie Puth) - Wiz Khalifa
2. Shut Up and Dance - Walk the Moon
3. Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars) - Mark Ronson
4. Trap Queen - Fetty Wap
5. Earned It - The Weekend
6. Want to Want Me - Jason Derulo
7. Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding
8. Girl Crush - Little Big Town
9. Hey Mama (feat. Nicki Minaj & Afrojack) - David Guetta
10. Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Source: iTunes

Top 10 TV Shows in Prime Time - Week Ending 4/12/15
1. CBS NCAA Basketball Championshp
3. The Big Bang Theory
4. NCIS: New Orleans
5. Dancing with the Stars
6. 60 Minutes
7. Madam Secretary
8. Voice - Tues
9. Voice - Mon
10. Criminal Minds
Source: Nielsen Co.

Trending Today on YouTube - 4/17/15
1. AP Exclusive: Witness Captures Capitol Landing
2. A Long Good Day
3. This little girl's reaction to Mufasa dying sums up EXACTLY how we all felt
4. Extreme Ice Bath Challenge
5. Spurs! by Spuran Spuran
Source: YouTube

Top 5 Movies - Last Weekend
1. Furious 7
2. Home
3. The Longest Ride
4. Get Hard
5. Cinderella
Source: Rotten Tomatoes

*The following is excerpted from an online article from U.S. News & World Report.

The number of middle and high school students who use e-cigarettes tripled last year, according to a new government report.

"We want parents to know that nicotine is dangerous for kids at any age, whether it’s an e-cigarette, hookah, cigarette or cigar," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a statement. "Adolescence is a critical time for brain development. Nicotine exposure at a young age may cause lasting harm to brain development, promote addiction, and lead to sustained tobacco use."

The new findings come from the annual 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey, conducted by the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Tobacco Products.

They show that e-cigarette use – meaning use on at least one day during the past month – among high school students increased from 4.5 percent in 2013 to 13.4 percent in 2014. Among middle school students, the rate more than tripled, from 1.1. percent in 2013 to 3.9 percent in 2014.

The study also found that e-cigarette use has surpassed that of every other tobacco product, including traditional cigarettes, the use of which has declined among both high school students and middle school students in the past several years.

E-cigarettes – battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution and create an inhalable vapor – are not regulated yet by the FDA, though the agency is writing final rules on the products regarding restricting their use by minors, warning labels and whether they can be sold in vending machines.

Frieden spoke out against the marketing of e-cigarettes Thursday in a call with reporters, saying that advertising for them has echoed efforts to promote tobacco during the 1950s.

“Marketing is about sex, flavors, free samples,” he said. “Although cigarette ads … haven’t been on TV since 1971, kids are now seeing e-cigarettes on TV … including themes of glamour, rebellion, celebrity, sports, music events, candy and fruit flavors. They spend more on marketing and promotion in just a couple of days than we spend in years educating the public.”

Some states have limited the age at which teens can buy e-cigarettes, and some have extended smoke-free laws to include them. The CDC considers e-cigarettes unsafe, though there is still debate over how they compare with traditional cigarettes in their effects on a person’s health.

Source: U.S. News & World Report

*The following is excerpted from an online articles from Piper Jaffray and Business News Network.

Piper Jaffray's most recent semi-annual survey of U.S. teenagers finds that they are increasingly spending money on experiences, and are increasingly optimistic about the improving economy.

“Teens have gone from a possessions-based expression and logo-based clothing into these experiential components – like dining out and going to Imax,” said Stephanie Wissink, co-director of research and senior research analyst, at Piper Jaffray.

Teens’ appetites for $5 lattes and $10 mission-style burritos continues to grow by favoring Starbucks, Chipotle, Chick-fil-A, Panera Bread and Olive Garden for their dining bucks.

Teens in this spring’s survey exhibited stronger views of economic improvement with females slightly less optimistic than their male counterparts. Even unemployed teens reflected consistently optimistic economic views to their employed friends, albeit not as strongly positive.

Among the survey's key findings:

  • Teens directly command $75 billion of discretionary spending, but largely as a result of the 2008 recession, teens have become budget-conscious value seekers
  • 35% of teens are part-time employed, compared to 33% in the 2014 spring survey
  • Teens increasingly prefer to shop online rather than in-store; however, they continue to prefer sites with physical locations over eTailers
  • Athletic-leisure, preppy, leggings and jogging pants are among the top teen fashion trends
  • Most preferred brands include Ralph Lauren, Nike, Lululemon, Victoria’s Secret, Vineyard Vines, UGG Australia and Timberland
  • 36% anticipate playing more video games in 2015—the highest intention to play more games in the survey in at least four years
  • Apple cracks the top 10 of teen watch preferences for the first time in the survey’s history
  • Teen interest in Apple products remains high; 66% own iPhones and 64% own iPads

Piper Jaffray's Taking Stock With Teens survey is a semi-annual research project comprised of gathering input from approximately 6,200 teens with an average age of 16.3 years. Teen spending patterns, fashion trends, and brand and media preferences were assessed through visits to a geographically diverse subset of high schools across the U.S.

Sources: Piper Jaffray, Business News Network