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What's Hot? 11/17/17

Trending Today on Twitter - 11/17/17
1. #ShareTheLove
2. #MMSayThanks
3. #friyay
4. #FlashbackFriday
5. #ThePunisher
6. Franken Should Go
7. Jimmy Santiago Baca
8. #StarTours
9. Bob Kraft
10. Antonio Ledezma
Source: Twitter

Trending Today on Google - 11/17/17
1. Hiromi Tsuru
2. Al Franken
3. Steelers
4. Celtics
5. Tesla
6. restaurants
7. Rampage game
8. Sylvester Stallone
9. The Star
10. Fentanyl
Source: Google

iTunes Top 10 Singles - 11/17/17
1. Havana (feat. Young Thug) - Camila Cabello
2. Perfect - Ed Sheeran
3. Thunder - Imagine Dragons
4. rockstar (feat. 21 Savage) - Post Malone
5. Meant to Be (feat. Florida Georgia Line) - Bebe Rexha
6. Walk On Water (feat. Beyoncé) - Eminem
7. ...Ready for It? - Taylor Swift
8. Too Good at Goodbyes - Sam Smith
9. What Lovers Do (feat. SZA) - Maroon 5
10. The Rest of Our Life - Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
Source: iTunes

Top 10 TV (Broadcast) Shows - Week Ending 11/12/17
1. Sunday Night Football - Patriots/Broncos
2. CMA Awards
3. The Big Bang Theory
5. Thursday Night Football - Seahawks/Cardinals
6. Young Sheldon
7. 60 Minutes
8. Bull
9. Football Night in America Part 3
10. The OT
Source: Nielsen Co.

Trending Today on YouTube - Today - 11/17/17
1. What's New, Atlas?
2. Rampage - Official Trailer 1
3. Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts w/Kim Kardashian
4. Deadpool's "Wet on Wet" Teaser
5. Remy Ma - Wake Me Up ft. Lil' Kim
Source: YouTube

Top 5 Movies - Last Weekend
1. Thor: Ragnarok
2. Daddy's Home 2
3. Murder On The Orient Express
4. A Bad Moms Christmas
5. Jigsaw
Source: Rotten Tomatoes

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

Today's American teens are smoking less than ever, and the trend may be keeping many from smoking pot, too.

That's the finding of a new study that tracked more than 1 million teens from 1991 to 2016.

But the news wasn't all good, the researchers said. Kids who think marijuana is "safe" are more likely than their peers to use the drug. That's a concern because more and more, teenagers do believe pot is fairly harmless -- and experts say it's not.

The findings paint a nuanced picture.

It's known that U.S. teenagers' pot use has held fairly steady over the past decade -- even though kids have become increasingly more likely to believe the drug is harmless.

And that's puzzling, said Richard Miech, a research professor at the University of Michigan who led the new study.

There's good evidence, he explained, that when teens believe pot is safe, they're more likely to use it in the next year.

Miech and his colleagues wanted to figure out why pot use in teens isn't rising.

So they turned to a government-funded survey that has followed U.S. students since the 1970s.

Their conclusion: Teenagers today are not using pot in droves because they are much less likely to smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol than their predecessors were. Smoking, in particular, is a major factor in whether kids try marijuana, the researchers said.

For years, the study found, the percentage of teens who've ever smoked or tried alcohol has steadily dropped.

Cigarettes, in particular, have fallen out of favor. The percentage of kids who've smoked is now at "historic lows," Miech said.

In 2016, 28 percent of 12th graders said they'd ever smoked a cigarette. That was true of only 18 percent of 10th graders and 10 percent of kids in eighth grade.

And that seemed to explain why marijuana use has remained fairly steady since 2005 -- instead of skyrocketing as kids develop more friendly attitudes toward the drug.

"I think a big message of this study is that policies and interventions that reduce teen smoking seem to have the added benefit of reducing teen marijuana use," Miech said.

The findings appear online in the journal Pediatrics.

Source: HealthDay

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

A new study suggests that greater screen time — whether in the form of computers, cell phones, or tablets — may have contributed to a spike in depression and suicide-related behaviors and thoughts among American teens, particularly girls, between 2010 and 2015.

The study, led by a researcher at San Diego State University (SDSU), sheds new light on the need for parents to monitor how much time their children are spending in front of media screens.

“These increases in mental health issues among teens are very alarming,” said study leader Dr. Jean Twenge, professor of psychology. “Teens are telling us they are struggling, and we need to take that very seriously.”

Twenge, along with SDSU graduate student Gabrielle Martin and colleagues Drs. Thomas Joiner and Megan Rogers at Florida State University, analyzed questionnaire data from more than 500,000 U.S. teens from two anonymous, nationally representative surveys that have been conducted since 1991. They also studied suicide statistics kept by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The findings show that the suicide rate for girls aged 13-18 increased by 65 percent between 2010 and 2015, and the number of girls experiencing suicide-related outcomes — feeling hopeless, thinking about suicide, planning for suicide, or attempting suicide — increased by 12 percent. The number of female teens reporting symptoms of severe depression increased by 58 percent.

“When I first saw these sudden increases in mental health issues, I wasn’t sure what was causing them,” said Twenge. “But these same surveys ask teens how they spend their leisure time, and between 2010 and 2015, teens increasingly spent more time with screens and less time on other activities. That was by far the largest change in their lives during this five-year period, and it’s not a good formula for mental health.”

The team looked back at the data to see if there was a statistical relationship between screen-time and depressive symptoms and suicide-related outcomes.

They discovered that 48 percent of teens who spent five or more hours per day on electronic devices reported at least one suicide-related outcome, compared to only 28 percent of those who spent less than an hour a day on devices. Depressive symptoms were more common in teens who spent a lot of time on their devices as well.

The findings add to previous evidence showing that spending more time on social media is linked to unhappiness.

In contrast, the results show that spending time away from these devices and engaging in in-person social interaction, sports and exercise, doing homework, attending religious services, etc., is associated with fewer depressive symptoms and suicide-related outcomes.

The study findings are published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science.

Source: PsychCentral