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Jim Liebelt

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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.
Majority of Porn in U.S. is Viewed on Smartphones

Porn aggregator PornHub finds that in 2013, 52% of its adult content was viewed through a smartphone, representing a 47% increase over 2012.

What's Hot? 12/20/13

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

Instagram Passes Twitter on Mobile Devices

Nielsen Co. has found that Instagram, the photo and video-sharing app, has an average monthly smartphone audience of 32 million, compared with Twitter's 30.8 million.

Teens Shun Synthetic Marijuana, but Smoke More of the Real Thing

Teens are shunning synthetic marijuana, such as K2 and Spice, but smoking more of the real thing, according to the findings of the annual Monitoring the Future survey.

Teen Pot Use Could Hurt Brain and Memory

Teenage pot smokers could be damaging brain structures critical to memory and reasoning, according to new research that found changes in the brains of heavy users.

Mothers of Young Children Spend Most Time with Smartphones

Smartphones serve as escape, social tool for newly busy mothers of young children.

What's Hot? 12/13/13

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

Cutting Increasing Among Adolescents

A new study finds teenage girls are more likely than teenage boys to self-harm.

Millennial Holiday Tech Wishlist [INFOGRAPHIC]

It's already well into the holiday shopping season and it's likely that your teenager is hoping to find some new tech under the tree. According to a recent poll, here's what they want...

Study: Movie Violence Accompanied by Smoking, Drinking, Sex

Violent movie characters are also likely to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes and engage in sexual behavior in films rated appropriate for children over 12, according to a new study.

Teen Athletes Prone to Drink, Less Likely to Use Drugs

Participating in sports may have many benefits, but it also raises the chances adolescents will abuse alcohol, according to a new review of the evidence by Canadian researchers.

What's Hot? 12/06/13

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

Five Teen Trends for 2014 And Beyond

Teens are the gatekeepers of cool, always willing to try new things and setting the standard for what’s hot and what’s not. They are early adopters and an important barometer for brands.

Teens' Social Media Can Hurt College Chances

Colleges are increasingly searching for applicants' names on the Internet as part of their review, according to new research from Kaplan Test Prep.

Study: Parents Clueless About Tech's Dangers to Teen Hearing

Hearing loss is up among teens, but Mom and Dad aren't sounding alarms.

What's Hot? 11/22/13

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

Snapchat Soars! Sends 400 Million Pictures Everyday

Snapchat now shares 400 million snaps each day, according to its CEO Evan Spiegel. The amount surpasses the photo-sharing activity on both Instagram and Facebook.

Youth Football Participation Drops

According to a new report, Pop Warner football, which is the United States’ largest football program for young people, saw an almost 10 percent drop in participation from 2010 to 2012.

Oxford Dictionary's 2013 Word of the Year: Selfie

In what was described as an unusually unanimous decision, “selfie” has been chosen as word of the year by the publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary.

Study: Teens More Likely to Make Friends with Peers in Classes

What's the best predictor of who a teenager will become friends with? According to a new study, it's the classes he or she takes.

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