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*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on Digital Music News.

Investment bank Piper Sandler publishes a semi-annual study of trends among US teens. The latest study aggregates responses from 9,800 teens across the United States – on a variety of issues. Part of that survey is learning about their digital habits.

Amongst the most important stats for the music industry: TikTok has surpassed Instagram to become the second most-favored social network among teens.

Snapchat still dominates the category, though many respondents said they use two or more listed options. 34% of teens said they used Snapchat, while 29% said they used TikTok. Both are moving well ahead of Instagram, which clocked in with 25%.

The data offers another problematic takeaway for Facebook-owned platforms. Facebook is one of the least-used platforms among the 13-17 teen demographic – less than 3.1% of the demographic uses Facebook. The decline of Instagram further demonstrates that Facebook is slipping with the younger demo.

TikTok, despite all the concerns of a US government ban, has become a cultural force in the United States. Most recently, it’s propelled Fleetwood Mac to the top of the charts, thanks to a fluke viral video. It also helped make the career of Lil Nas X in 2019 – which seems like so long ago. The point is, it looks like Snapchat and TikTok are here to stay (and growing).

Source: Digital Music News

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

Patterns set during childhood can influence adult life profoundly, and exercise habits are no exception. With the U.S. seeing a 20-year trend of increased risk of being overweight or obese among children, there's reason for concern about both short- and long-term effects on health at a population level.

Recent University of Southern California findings—from one of the first empirical studies of physical activity in children based on data collected during the COVID-19 pandemic—suggest that the effects of the outbreak may exacerbate the problem.

Parents reported that children were less physically active and more sedentary during April and May compared to February. Importantly, an existing trend, wherein older kids tend to exercise less than younger ones, worsened during the first months when various lockdowns were put in place to slow the coronavirus's spread.

"It's a pretty big concern that kids get much less physically active as they get older," said lead author Genevieve Dunton, Ph.D., MPH, professor of preventive medicine and psychology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. "We're seeing that, with the pandemic, these declines may be happening steeper and sooner."

The study was published in the journal BMC Public Health.

The study examined physical activity and sedentary behavior in 211 children between the ages of 5 and 13, with participants drawn from 35 states and the District of Columbia.

In April and May, parents and legal guardians completed an online survey. Among the questions, the researchers asked about perceived changes in time spent exercising and time spent sitting, comparing February (before COVID-related lockdowns) to the previous week.

Among parents of children aged 5 to 8, about 54% perceived their children to be exercising somewhat or much less from the pre-COVID period to the early-COVID period, while about 66% of parents of children aged 9 to 13 gave the same answer. About 64% of parents of younger children reported that their kids stayed seated somewhat or much more, compared with 82% among parents of older children.

"This really underscores that COVID-19 may be exacerbating age-related declines in physical activity," Dunton said.

Source: MedicalXpress

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2. Babylon Bee
3. Big T
4. #FridayVibes
5. #fridaymorning
6. #FridayFeeling
7. The Onion
8. #FridayThoughts
9. Mr. Rogers
10. harry tomlinson
Source: Twitter

Trending Today on Google - 10/16/20
1. Robert Brockman
2. Thursday Night Football
3. Steve Scully
4. Vaughn McClure
5. Twitter down
6. Fastly stock
7. Chiefs
8. Ben Sasse
9. Atlanta Falcons
10. Dianne Feinstein
Source: Google

Top Five on Spotify - 10/16/20
1. Lemonade (feat. Gunna, Don Toliver & NAV) - Internet Money
2. Mood (feat. Iann Dior) - 24kGoldn
3. WAP (feat. Megan Thee Stallion) - Cardi B
4. For the Night (feat. Lil Baby & DaBaby) - Pop Smoke
5. Laugh Now Cry Later (feat. Lil Durk) - Drake
Source: Spotify

Top Five on Apple Music - 10/16/20
1. For the Night (feat. Lil Baby & DaBaby) - Pop Smoke
2. Mr. Right Now (feat. Drake) - 21 Savage & Metro Boomin
3. WAP (feat. Megan Thee Stallion) - Cardi B
4. Runnin - 21 Savage & Metro Boomin
5. Laugh Now Cry Later (feat. Lil Durk) - Drake
Source: Apple Music

TV Shows Trending on Streaming Services - 10/16/20
1. The Boys - Prime Video
2. Fargo - Hulu
3. The Haunting of Hill House - Netflix
4. Yellowstone - Peacock
5. The Right Stuff - Disney+
Source: Reelgood

Trending Today on YouTube - 10/16/20
1. First Look at the PlayStation 5 User Experience
2. Mulatto - In n Out ft. City Girls
3. T.I. Pardon - feat Lil Baby
4. Justin Bieber & benny blanco - Lonely
5. Demi Lovato - Commander in Chief
Source: YouTube

Netflix Top 5 in the U.S. Today - 10/16/20
1. The Haunting of Bly Manor
2. Hubie Halloween
3. Emily in Paris
4. Moneyball
5. Schitt's Creek
Source: Netflix