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

Younger internet users are spending more time on social apps this year, according to a May 2018 survey from social video marketing agency VidMob.

And no one more so than Gen Z.

Of the 1,000 US internet users surveyed, more than half (56%) of Gen Zers, ages 16 to 24, said they had increased their use of Snapchat in the past year, and another 55% of respondents said they are using Instagram more.

And those weren't the only mobile apps where usage increased. The largest share (59%) of Gen Z respondents said they use their YouTube app a lot more than they did a year prior.

In contrast fewer millennials increased their usage on these apps that much—though the figures are still significant. Roughly four in 10 said they use Snapchat more than they did a year ago, and half of the millennials surveyed said they use Instagram more.

That makes sense though. Younger uses, particularly teens, are heavier users of Snapchat than their older cohorts.

In 2016, Snapchat surpassed Facebook as the most popular social network among US teens, according to our estimates. In fact, it will continue to add users ages 12 to 17, while Facebook will continue to lose users in that cohort.

We estimate Snapchat will add 1.2 million new US users in that age group by 2022, while Facebook will lose 2.2 million.

Source: eMarketer

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

For middle school students, witnessing school violence can be as bad as being bullied, new research suggests.

An international team of researchers found that young witnesses face many of the same challenges later on as those who are direct victims of campus violence. Notably, eighth-grade witnesses are at higher risk for social and academic problems by the time they're high school sophomores.

"It is clear that approaches to prevention and intervention should include witnesses as well victims and perpetrators and target all forms of school violence," said study leader Michel Janosz. He's director of the School of Psycho-Education at the University of Montreal.

Janosz said supportive family and community relationships help young people cope after they're exposed to these traumatic events. "These also prevent emotional desensitization to violence which also contributes to aggressive behavior in youth," he said in a university news release.

The study involved nearly 4,000 students in Quebec. The researchers wanted to know how witnessing violence at age 13 affected their social and academic behavior. The study looked at students' use of drugs, delinquency and school performance, as well as their emotional well-being two years later.

The researchers also compared the long-term effects of witnessing violence with those experiencing violence directly.

The study, published recently in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, found most students had observed violence at school.

Those who had seen physical assaults or someone carrying weapons in the eighth grade had a higher risk of drug use and delinquency later on, the study found. The same was also true for those who had witnessed thefts and vandalism, which the researchers described as hidden or veiled violence.

In addition, exposure to less serious acts such as threats and insults was associated with increased drug use, social anxiety, symptoms of depression and less involvement at school, the researchers noted. But only an association rather than a cause-and-effect link was observed.

Study co-author Linda Pagani is also a professor at the School of Psycho-Education. "There were several take-home messages. First, witnessing school violence in Grade 8 predicted later impairment at Grade 10. Second, bystander effects were very similar to being victimized by violence directly," she said in the news release.

Source: HealthDay

Trending Today on Twitter - 10/19/18
1. #FridayFeeling
2. #FridayMotivation
3. #FridayReads
4. #FlashbackFriday
5. #Friyay
6. Nick Clegg
7. Summer Walker
8. Wimbledon
9. Joel Fitzgerald
10. USS Ronald Regan
Source: Twitter

Trending Today on Google - 10/19/18
1. Lakers
2. Broncos
3. Halloween
4. Power Ball winning numbers
5. Boban Marjanovic
6. Miranda Cosgrove
7. Stanford football
8. Britney Spears
9. Karlie Kloss
10. Kristen Bell
Source: Google

iTunes Top 10 Singles - 10/19/18
1. Shallow - Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
2. Sunflower (Spider-Man) - Post Malone & Swae Lee
3. Always Remember Us This Way - Lady Gaga
4. Happier - Marshmello & Bastille
5. Without Me - Halsey
6. High Hopes - Panic! At the Disco
7. Natural - Imagine Dragons
8. Youngblood - 5 Seconds of Summer
9. MIA (feat. Drake) - Bad Bunny
10. when the party's over - Billie Eilish
Source: iTunes

Top 10 TV (Broadcast) Shows - Week Ending 10/14/18
1. Sunday Night Football
2. Thursday Night Football
3. The Big Bang Theory
5. 60 Minutes
6. Young Sheldon
7. Football Night in America Part 3
8. The Voice - Mon.
9. The Voice - Tues.
10. FBI
Source: Nielsen Co.

Trending Today on YouTube - Today - 10/19/18
1. Inside the Mind of Jake Paul
2. Post Malone, Swae Lee - Sunflower
3. Ariana Grande - pete davidson
4. Can You Guess Which Part of Cardi B's Body Her Baby Broke?
5. Brad Forages for Porcini Mushrooms It's Alive
Source: YouTube

Top 5 Movies - Last Weekend
1. Venom
2. A Star Is Born
3. First Man
4. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween
5. Smallfoot
Source: Rotten Tomatoes