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What's Hot? 11/30/12

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

Teens Text More While Driving Than Parents Think

Teens are 26 times more likely to send text messages while driving than their parents expect, based on preliminary results of a study by Toyota and the University of Michigan.

Survey: U.S. Teens Getting Enough Sleep

American kids, from infants through adolescents, do seem to be getting adequate sleep, according to a new survey analysis.

Educators Moving Further to the Left

A new survey of full-time faculty members at four-year colleges and universities, conducted by the UCLA Higher Education Research Institute, finds that the percentage identifying as "far left" or liberal has increased notably in the past three years.

Black Friday Sales Online Top $1 Billion for First Time

Black Friday retail sales online this year topped $1 billion for the first time ever as more consumers used the Internet to do their early holiday shopping.

Kids Want Apples (iPad) for Christmas

Nielsen research data confirms it's an Apple Christmas once again, revealing that 48 percent of children aged 6-12 in the U.S. want an iPad.

Pew Survey: Parents Concerned About Kids Online

Most parents of teenagers are concerned about what their teenage children do online and how their behavior could be monitored by others, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

Texting Sees First-Ever Decline

A new report shows that America's cell phone users are cutting back on texting.

Teens Try Multiple Means for Muscles

Study finds behaviors aimed at increasing muscle size or tone are widespread among teens. Among the steps they've taken: using steroids or protein powders.

What's Hot? 11/16/12

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

Another Study Links 'Sexting' to Sexual Activity in Teens

A new study of Dutch teens finds that few of them frequently engage in sexting, but those who do are more prone to have casual sex in real life.

Study: Digital Generation Gap Between Parents and Kids

There's a gap between what parents think they know about their kids' online behavior and what the kids think their parents know.

Stressed-Out Young Girls at High Risk of Teen Anxiety, Depression

A new study shows that young girls exposed to high stress levels have a greater chance of suffering anxiety or depression as teenagers.

Study: Binge Drinking Traps Brain in Adolescence

Teenagers who binge drink risk trapping their brains in permanent adolescence and lay the groundwork for alcoholism, new research shows.

What's Hot? 11/9/12

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

Google: Teens' Primary Tool for Research

Google is the primary way teenagers conduct research in today’s digital world, according to new Pew research. Teachers say teens are most likely to first turn to Google or another search engine as their main research tool 94 percent of the time.

Fast Food Adds 300 Calories to Teen Diet

A new study finds that when teenagers ate at fast-food restaurants, they consume about 300 excess calories.

Study: Churchgoing Teens Go Further with School

Sociologists from Brigham Young University and Rice University found religiously-affiliated youth are 40 percent more likely to graduate high school than their unaffiliated peers and 70 percent more likely to enroll in college.

What's Hot? 11/2/12

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

Poor Reading Skills Linked to Teen Pregnancy Risk

Preteen girls with below-average literacy are twice as likely to give birth in teen years, a new study finds.

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