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

A new study may make you long for the days of notes being passed back and forth in class stating “do you like me? Yes or no.” Life is infinitely more complicated for today’s youth than it was for generations past. Adolescents are constantly in contact with each other thanks to the internet, smartphones, and social media. While all of that technology can certainly be used in a positive way, oftentimes it leads to cyberbullying and harassment. Now, researchers from Florida Atlantic University are shedding light on yet another problem the internet has created for teenagers: digital dating abuse.

Defined as using technology to repeatedly harass a love interest, partner, or crush in order to coerce, control, intimidate, threaten, or just plain old annoy, digital dating abuse has developed into a disturbingly common phenomenon. The research team analyzed over 2,200 U.S. middle and high school students, and 28.1% admitted they had been subjected to a form of online dating abuse over the past year.

Perhaps surprisingly, the study also noted that boys (32.3%) appear to be experiencing this type of abuse more often than girls (23.6%). Across all variations, boys were more likely to have experienced a form of digital dating abuse. In fact, boys were also more likely to have experienced physical aggression from their partners. Besides these gender fluctuations, researchers didn’t find any significant demographic differences regarding the rate of digital abuse among varying races, ages, or sexual orientations.

Examples of digital abuse given by participants included their partner looking through their phone without permission, having their phone flat out stolen by their partner, being threatened via text, their partner posting something embarrassing or hurtful about them online, or their partner posting a private image online without their consent.

Besides online abuse, 35.9% of participants also said they’ve been a victim of offline dating abuse (being pushed, shoved, hit, threatened physically, called names, etc).

“Specific to heterosexual relationships, girls may use more violence on their boyfriends to try to solve their relational problems, while boys may try to constrain their aggressive impulses when trying to negotiate discord with their girlfriends,” says Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D., lead author and a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice within FAU’s College for Design and Social Inquiry, and co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center, in a release.

The study is published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Source: StudyFinds

Trending Today on Twitter - 2/14/20
1. Valentine's Day
2. Hopper
3. #FridayVibes
4. #FridayFeeling
5. #ValentinesWithNobody
6. #powertrip
7. #StrangerThings4
8. Tink
9. Happy VD
10. Happy Love
Source: Twitter

Trending Today on Google - 2/14/20
1. Valentine's Day
2. Fantasy Island
3. Valentine's Day memes
4. South Park
5. Iowa basketball
6. Happy Valentine's Day
7. Sonic the Hedgehog
8. Clippers vs Celtics
9. Robert Pattinson
10. Galentine's Day
Source: Google

Apple Music Top 10 Singles - 2/14/20
1. The Box - Roddy Ricch
2. Life Is Good (feat. Drake) - Future
3. High Fashion (feat. Mustard) - Roddy Ricch
4. Ballin' - Mustard & Roddy Ricch
5. Sum 2 Prove - Lil Baby
6. Intentions (feat. Quavo) - Justin Bieber
7. OUT WEST (feat. Young Thug) - JACKBOYS
8. Yikes - Nicki Minaj
9. BOP - DaBaby
10. Knocked Off - YoungBoy Never Broke Again
Source: Apple Music

TV Shows Trending on Streaming Services - 2/14/20
1. October Faction - Netflix
2. The Morning Show - Apple TV+
3. Ragnarok - Netflix
4. Avenue 5 - HBO
5. Grace and Frankie.- Netflix
6. LEGO Masters - Hulu
7. Locke & Key - Netflix
8. McMillion$ - HBO
9. The Outsider - HBO
10. The Stranger - Netflix
Source: Reelgood

Trending Today on YouTube - 2/14/20
1. Billie Eilish - No Time To Die
2. Ignorantes - Bad Bunny x Sech
3. The Green Knight Official Teaser Trailer
4. My Friends and I Crashed the Santa Monica Pier with Jordan Matter
5. The Batman (2021) Official First Look
Source: YouTube

Top 5 Movies - Last Weekend
1. Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
2. Bad Boys for Life
3. 1917
4. Dolittle
5. Jumanji: The Next Level
Source: Rotten Tomatoes

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

Researchers already know that physical activity can help lower the risk of depression in adults. A new study suggests that active young adolescents are less likely to experience symptoms of depression by age 18, compared with their sedentary peers.

“Our findings show that young people who are inactive for large proportions of the day throughout adolescence face a greater risk of depression by age 18,” notes Aaron Kandola, a graduate student at University College London, in the United Kingdom.

Kandola and colleagues recently conducted an investigation into associations between levels of physical activity and depression risk among adolescents. They report their results in The Lancet Psychiatry journal.

The team’s findings support existing notions that physical activity is beneficial not just for the body, but for the mind. Moreover, the study shows that intense activity is not necessary to reap the benefits — light exercise may be enough.

The team analyzed data from 4,257 participants enrolled in the University of Bristol’s Children of the 90s cohort study. Specifically, they looked at information collected when the participants were ages 12, 14, and 16. The information included data regarding physical activity recorded through accelerometers that the adolescents had agreed to wear for at least 10 hours over a minimum of 3 days.

Thanks to the accelerometers, the researchers were able to find out whether the children had engaged in light activity, moderate-to-vigorous activity, or whether they had led largely sedentary lives.

The researchers also took into account records of depression symptoms — such as low mood and loss of pleasure in formerly enjoyed activities — through specialized questionnaires.

By looking at these data, the team found that, overall, adolescents’ levels of physical activity declined between the ages of 12 and 16, during which time the participants became more sedentary.

The researchers also found that for each extra 60 minutes of inactivity per day at ages 12, 14, and 16, there was an increase in the adolescents’ depression scores by the time they turned 18. This increase was of 11.1%, 8.0%, and 10.5%, respectively. Conversely, for each extra hour per day spent engaging in light physical activity at ages 12, 14, and 16, the adolescents had lower depression scores by age 18. The reductions were 9.6%, 7.8%, and 11.1%, respectively.

Source: MedicalNewsToday