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What's Hot? 09/30/16

Trending Today on Twitter - 9/30/16
1. #LukeCage
2. #CometLanding
3. #IfSportsWentAway
4. #ASeatAtTheTable
5. Wisin
6. #MakeAFilmPretty
7. Trump 35
8. White's Ferry
9. Rosetta
10. Tomorrow is October
Source: Twitter

Trending Searches Today on Google - 9/30/16
1. Westworld
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3. Miami Dolphins
4. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
5. Josh Gordon
6. Ryder Cup
7. Deepwater Horizon
8. Dunkin' Donuts
9. Masterminds
10. Luke Cage
Source: Google

iTunes Top 10 Singles - 9/30/16
1. This Town - Niall Horan
2. Closer (feat. Halsey) - The Chainsmokers
3. Starboy (feat. Daft Punk) - The Weeknd
4. Heathens - twenty one pilots
5. All We Know (feat. Phoebe Ryan - The Chainsmokers
6. Gold - Kiiara
7. Forever Country - Artists of Then, Now and Forever
8. i hate u, i love u (feat. olivia o'brien) - Gnash
9. Let Me Love You (feat. Justin Bieber) - DJ Snake
10. Starving (feat. Zedd) - Hailee Steinfeld & Grey
Source: iTunes

Top 10 TV Shows (Broadcast) - Week Ending 9/25/16
1. Sunday Night Football - Bears/Cowboys
2. Thursday Night Football - Texans/Patriots
4. The Bing Bang Theory
5. Bull
6. 60 Minutes
7. The Voice - Tues
8. The Voice - Wed
9. Football Night in America Part 3
10. NCIS: New Orleans
Source: Nielsen Co.

Trending on YouTube - Today - 9/30/16
1. The Weeknd - Starboy ft. Daft Punk
2. Dave East Interview With The Breakfast Club
3. Hurting the Little People
4. The Chainsmokers - All We Know
5. Trumped in America, Ep. III: Freehold Music Center
Source: YouTube

Top 5 Movies - Last Weekend
1. The Magnificent Seven
2. Storks
3. Sully
4. Bridget Jones's Baby
5. Snowden
Source: Rotten Tomatoes

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on Business Insider.

Millennials hate calling on the phone so much that they'd rather delete their main phone app altogether than lose Snapchat.

That's according to a new study from LivePerson, which surveyed 3,000 US smartphone users ages 18 to 65.

Some of the results weren't very shocking — most people prefer texting to calling — but somewhat surprising is the demise of the traditional "Phone" app, even among older generations.

For those ages 35 to 64, the main phone app was the fifth-most-commonly used app, after text messaging, email, Facebook, and Facebook Messenger.

But for 18- to 24-year-olds, the phone app lost out to a more modern competitor: Snapchat. If they had to choose only one app to keep on their phone, 35% of respondents would choose text, 17% would choose Snapchat, and only 14% would choose the phone. Nine percent chose Pokémon Go.

This might be because of a cultural shift in how young people view talking on the phone.

According to a 2013 Wall Street Journal article, millennials see the phone as "an interruption" — picking up the phone "without emailing first can make it seem as though you're prioritizing your needs over theirs."

This could be in part because many millennials, especially on the older end of the generation, grew up with AOL and instant messaging, which spawned a natural inclination toward texting and other messaging apps. Young millennials might not have even grown up with a landline in their home.

While a preference for texting over calling has seeped into the older generations — baby boomers still prefer calling to text, but just barely — most apps beyond standard messaging apps are still a younger person's game. In the 24 hours before the survey, only 5% of 55- to 64-year-olds had used Snapchat and only 1% would choose the app over texting and calling.

Source: Business Insider

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

Emerging research finds that American youths in 10th grade have a high illicit drug use compared to their European counterparts. The American adolescents, however, have among the lowest rates of drinking and smoking.

The findings come from a 2015 survey of 15- and 16-year-olds in 35 European countries. The results provide perspective on the substance-using habits of American adolescents.

The results of the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD), show country-by-country results for the use of various licit and illicit drugs. In all but a few of the 35 countries included, the findings are based on national samples of the same age group.

In the U.S., data from the Monitoring the Future study’s national survey of 10th-graders — upon which much of the design of the European study is based — provide results for comparison.

This survey is conducted by scientists at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research and is sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Among the key findings for illicit drug use are the following:

  • Europe has shown recent trends in the use of several important substances similar to those seen in the U.S., including a rise in marijuana use and declines in the use of cigarettes and alcohol by teens;
  • On average, only 18 percent of the European students had used an illicit drug in their lifetime, compared to 35 percent of U.S. students the same age. Only the Czech Republic ranked higher than the U.S. at 37 percent;
  • The U.S. was tied with France for second highest in lifetime cannabis use at 31 percent. In the European countries, the average was about half of that (16 percent), and the highest rate again was in the Czech Republic at 37 percent. There were large variations in the rates for individual countries, ranging down to four percent in Moldova;
  • Cannabis use in the prior 30 days was highest in the U.S. (15 percent) and France (17 percent) — more than twice the average across all 35 European countries of seven percent;
  • Lifetime use of amphetamines was by far the highest among the U.S. teens at 10 percent. The average for the 35 ESPAD countries was only two percent;
  • The U.S., Ireland and Georgia had the highest rates of ecstasy use (which has been in decline in the U.S.) at four percent lifetime prevalence;
  • The U.S. and Poland had the highest rates of lifetime hallucinogen use at five percent, compared to an average of two percent across the European countries;
  • Lifetime cocaine use by U.S. teens was above average at three percent versus two percent on average in Europe, but there were somewhat higher rates in Bulgaria (five percent), France (four percent), and Poland (four percent);
  • Lifetime heroin use in the U.S. sample was at the average for the European countries at one percent lifetime prevalence, but several countries had higher rates of two percent to three percent.

Researchers said that while U.S. teens stand out for having high levels of use of controlled substances, their use of cigarettes and alcohol is equally noteworthy for being low in comparison to most of the countries of Europe.

Source: PsychCentral