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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

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

Smartphones, and being on Facebook, Snapchat, TikTok and the like may be taking a big toll on teens' mental health, a new survey of collected data on the subject shows.

Canadian researchers pored over dozens of studies and said the negative effects of social media on teens' well-being is on the rise.

"Physicians, teachers, and families need to work together with youth to decrease possible harmful effects of smartphones and social media on their relationships, sense of self, sleep, academic performance, and emotional well-being," said study lead author Dr. Elia Abi-Jaoude. He's a staff psychiatrist at The Hospital for Sick Children and Toronto Western Hospital, both in Toronto.

As part of their research, Abi-Jaoude and his colleagues uncovered patterns across multiple studies. For example:

  • In one U.S. study, the rate at which kids and teens arrive in hospitals due to suicidal thoughts or attempts "almost doubled between 2008 and 2015, with the highest increase among adolescent girls," the researchers noted.
  • U.S. overdose rates for young people ages 10 to 18, which has previously been on the decline, "increased substantially from 2011 to 2018, primarily among girls," another study found.
  • At the same time "the proportion of [U.S.] young people who between the ages of 13 and 17 years who have a smartphone has reached 89%, more than doubling over a 6-year period," the data review said. At the same time, "70% of teenagers use social media multiple times per day, up from a third of teens in 2012."

Of course, it's tough to tell whether this rise in social media and smartphone use is actually causing an increase in rates of mental health issues among teens.

However, other data seems to suggest it might be.

For example, the Canadian researchers pointed to two studies -- one conducted in the United States, the other in Germany -- which found that kids who spent more time on Facebook were more prone to negative states such as envy and insecurity about their status, compared to others in their online network. Much of this was centered around "FOMO" -- fear of missing out, those studies showed.

Source: HealthDay