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Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
Teens Watch More Mobile Video Than Other Age Segments

A new Nielsen report analyzes media habits of 12- to 34-year-olds and finds that those in the 12 to 17 age range spend 18% more time watching video on a mobile phone than 18- to 24-year-olds, and a huge 46% more than those 25- to 34-year-olds.

High Media Use Linked to Poor Academic Performance in College Students

A new study finds that high use of social media among college students was associated with lower grade point averages and other negative outcomes.

What's Hot? 4/12/13

A listing of hot cultural items from the the Internet, music, television and movies.

iOS Devices Still "Apple" of Teens' Eyes

The results of Piper Jaffray's 25th bi-annual teen survey showed Apple to be the most desired brand among American teenagers who care about things like smartphones and tablets.

Update on Americans' Media Usage

A new report captures a snapshot of Americans' media usage.

More Americans Multitasking While Watching TV

The proliferation of media-able devices in our households (PCs, smartphones, tablets) is leading to a division of our attention when it comes to traditional television viewing and programming.

Study: More Sleep Could Reduce Adolescent Obesity

A new study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania suggests that increasing the hours of sleep adolescents get each night may reduce the prevalence of adolescent obesity.

Fewer U.S. Teens Dying in Teen-Driver Crashes

Risky rider behavior and passenger fatalities have lessened, but texting and speeding remain deadly habits, a new report says.

One in Five Teen Births Are Repeats

More than 18 percent of all babies born to teenagers in the U.S. are baby No. 2 or 3, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More Americans Living Together, Having Kids

Americans are increasingly living together before marriage, and more women who cohabit are having children than in years past, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What's Hot? 4/5/13

A listing of hot cultural items from the the Internet, music, television and movies.

Teens Eating Their Way to Heart Disease

According to a new study from the American Heart Association (AHA), a whopping 80 percent of American teenagers are eating foods that will make them prime candidates for heart disease.

Ability to Connect Relationally in Early Adolescence Predicts Later Outcomes

According to a new study, teens who had trouble connecting well with their peers in early adolescence had difficulty establishing close friendships in young adulthood.

Pre-College Parental Chat May Reduce Freshman Drinking

New study finds parent-child discussion influences how students handle alcohol choices and peer pressure.

Sexual Activity Rare Among Young Adolescents

The notion that the youngest adolescents – ages 10 to 12 – are more sexually active today than in the past is greatly exaggerated, says a new report in the journal Pediatrics.

What's Hot? 3/29/13

A listing of hot cultural items from the the Internet, music, television and movies.

Parent-Child Violence Leads to Teen Dating Violence

New research suggests that kids who grow up in violent households are more likely to engage in dating violence during their teenage years.

CDC: 110+ Million Venereal Infections in U.S.

According to new data released by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 19.7 million new venereal infections in the United States in 2008, bringing the total number of existing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the U.S. at that time to 110,197,000.

Each Family Dinner Adds Up to Benefits for Adolescents

New research published in the Journal of Adolescent Health shows the more frequently families eat dinner together, the better the adolescents fare emotionally.

Middle School Dating Leads to Higher Dropout, Drug Use Rates

Students who date in middle school have significantly worse study skills, are four times more likely to drop out of school and report twice as much alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use than their single classmates, according to new research.

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