Thursday October 19, 2017

25 Surprising Facts that you should know about a Teen’s Mind!

Facts on teenage habits

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Teenage girls are very sensitive about their looks. Wikimedia Commons.

October 28, 2016: Teenagers form an important part of society. Adolescence is also a very tricky stage of life when one is neither a child nor an adult. Lack of proper understanding of the stage leads to confusion and as a result, creates circumstances when most of the teenagers are often misunderstood by society.

Here are some facts about teenagers and their habits:

  • Looks are very important to teenagers, especially girls! Around 70 percent of girls aged between 15 to 17 years try avoiding daily routine, even attending school because they think they don’t look good enough.
  • Low self-esteem can a have very serious impact on adolescents. Statistics show that 75 percent of girls with low self-esteem engaged in self-detrimental activities such as smoking, cutting etc. , whereas only 25 percent of girls with high self-esteem engaged in such negative activities.
  • Depression is becoming shockingly common among teenagers. Studies show that nearly 20 percent teens go through depression at least one before reaching adulthood.
  • Teenagers, especially girls, strongly wish to have better communication with their parents.
  • Around 6 percent of middle and high school boys admit that they have tried steroids. 38 percent admitted using protein supplements.
  • 7 out of every 10 girls don’t feel confident about their looks, school performance and social life.
  • The self-esteem of a girl depends more on her own perspective of her body and weight rather than the actual facts.
  • Prescription drugs have killed more teenagers than heroin and cocaine combined!
  • Statistics show that 1 out of 9 high school seniors has tried synthetic marijuana.
  • Nearly 64 percent teenagers who have admitted to using pain relievers admit that they got them from their friends and relatives.
  • Youngsters who drink alcohol regularly are around 50 times more likely to abuse the teens who don’t drink.
  • In 2012, a total of 15 percent high school seniors used prescription drugs. Almost 35 percent of them admit that regular use is risky.
  • Nearly 28 percent of adolescents know a friend who has tried ecstasy. 17 percent of them know multiple users.
  • By the time teenagers reach 8th grade, 29.5 percent of them have tried alcohol, 15.5 percent have smoked cigarettes, and 15 percent have tried marijuana.
  • Teens whose parents communicate with them on a regular basis about the dangers of drugs are 42 percent less likely to try drugs than those whose parents don’t. However, only one- fourth  of the teens report having these talks.
  • Less than 2% of teenagers have had sex by the time they reach 12 years of age. But teenage  is a time of quick change. Only 6% of teens have had sex by age 15, compared with one-third of those aged 16, nearly half (48%) of those aged 17, 61% of 18-year-olds and 71% of 19-year-olds. There is a little difference by gender in the timing of first sex.
  • More than 50 percent of all teenagers aged 15-19 has tried oral sex. 55 percent of boys and 54 percent of girls have given or received oral sex, while 49 percent of boys and 53 percent of girls have had intercourse.
  • On average, young people have sex for the first time when they become 17 years old.
  • Around  1 million adolescents  every year becomes pregnant. Up to 95 % of those pregnancies were unplanned and unwanted.
  • 3 in 10 teenage mothers do not finish  high school. The ones who do complete high school are less likely to start  college than non-teen mothers.
  • The rate of Teenage pregnancy  is  directly dependent  on  the income and education  of the adolescent ‘s  family. Almost 50 percent  of the girls living in poverty will become pregnant before reaching adulthood.
  • For every sexually active teenager, one out of four will get an STD within a year.
  • European adolescents  are more likely than American  teens to use contraceptives  ; hence they  have considerably lower pregnancy rates.
  • Three percent of males and 8% of females between 18 and 19 years of age in 2006–2008 admitted  their sexual orientation as homosexual or bisexual. During the same period, 12% of females aged 18–19 admitted same-sex behaviours (any sexual experience, including oral sex), compared to 4% of males in the same age-group.
  • CDC researchers have studied that 2.2 percent of American adults aged 14-39 had Chlamydia. Almost  1 out of 20 women aged 14-19, 4.6 percent, were infected. In 2003, 877,478 such cases were reported in the U.S, making it the most commonly reported STD, the CDC said.
  • Around 50 percent of all new STDs in 2000 occurred among youth aged between 15 to 24.

– by Pragya Arora of NewsGram. Twitter: @Wanderlust6400

 

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Facebook Acquires the Anonymous Teenage Polling App ‘tbh’

An official statement from Facebook said: "tbh and Facebook share a common goal -- of building community and enabling people to share in ways that bring us closer together"

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Facebook brings the developers of 'tbh' app to share and expand a common goal of making stronger communities. Pixabay

San Francisco, October 17, 2017 : Facebook has acquired ‘tbh’, an anonymous polling app for teenagers which has over 5 million downloads and 2.5 million daily active users in the US.

The app lets teenagers anonymously answer kind-hearted, multiple-choice questions about friends, who then receive the poll results as compliments, TechCrunch reported on Tuesday.

“When we set out to build tbh, we wanted to create a community that made us feel happier and more confident about ourselves. We felt that people craved genuine and positive interactions in their online experiences,” ‘tbh’ said in a statement.

“Over the last few weeks, over 5 million people have downloaded tbh and sent over a billion messages. More importantly, we’ve been inspired by the countless stories where tbh helped people recover from depression and form better relationships with friends,” it read.

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Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed but according to TechCrunch, it is likely to be somewhere around less than $100 million and will not require regulatory approval.

“As part of the deal, tbh’s four co-creators — Bier, Erik Hazzard, Kyle Zaragoza and Nicolas Ducdodon — will join Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters while continuing to grow their app,” the report added.

“When we met with Facebook, we realised that we shared many of the same core values about connecting people through positive interactions. Most of all, we were compelled by the ways they could help us realise tbh’s vision and bring it to more people,” ‘tbh’ said.

In a statement to TechCrunch, Facebook said: “tbh and Facebook share a common goal — of building community and enabling people to share in ways that bring us closer together”. (IANS)

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Few Tips For Parenting Boys, Which Will Make Them Kind And Gentle

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Parenting boys. Pixabay.

The upbringing of a child plays a major role in how that child turns out to be in real life. In a country like India, where the crime rate concerning female sexual molestation and rape is high, upbringing by parents is often questioned. Parenting boys become a significant factor to prevent such crimes. From their very childhood, they should be taught to respect women and the quality of being gentle and sensitive. Crime rates are one thing, but many times, unknowingly, we pass comments which are sexist and derogatory. For example, a parent may often scold his/her son by saying, “don’t cry like a girl”. These statements showcase women as inferior to men. This makes the elders responsible for first discerning the concept of parenting boys well.

Below are a Few Tips for Parenting Boy

Be The Ideal Role Model

Most boys look up to their fathers as a superhero. Therefore, it becomes the responsibility of the fathers to act like one. They should be the ideal father figures who instil values and responsibilities in their sons. The fathers must model the behavior to teach their sons the men they hope them to become. Mothers should also act as the same role model to their sons by inculcating good values in them.

Teach Them As To How To Deal With Emotions

When your son is upset or feeling low and wants to vent his feelings, then don’t stop him. Don’t just say: Be strong or Be a man! Talk to them. Make them realize how important is it to act mature at tough times. Don’t hush them by stopping their tears. Instead, understand the reason behind those tears so that they become stronger persons for the tougher times to come in life.

3. Teaching Empathy

One of the biggest things which parents should keep in mind, especially when parenting boys, is to teach them to be more empathetic. Kids of today’s times are more aggressive than how kids used to be 20 or 30 years ago. And one of the biggest reasons of this is technology. Boys are much more attracted towards violent video games, which make them more aggressive and numb towards human emotions.

Also Read: Relationship Advice : If a Guy Makes You Choose, Choose Yourself over Him 

Don’t Hold Back Your Care And Affection

Just because your son has grown up and needs to be strong should not be mean that he doesn’t deserve the same amount of care and affection as he used to when he was a child. Parents after their kids reach adolescence get distant from them. At this age, parents try to tutor their kids, especially their sons. Being under constant instruction without the same amount of care and affection being rendered, they’ll disconnect and never share what needs to be shared.

5. Give Freedom To Sons For Making Important Decisions

If you want your son to not go off the track, then trust him and let him take important decisions of his life. Your decision to give him the freedom to make decisions of life will make him think that he has grown mature, and he would start understanding his responsibilities well. He will also be able to distinguish between right and wrong. This is one of the most important things to keep in mind while parenting boys.

-by Megha Acharya of NewsGram. Megha can be reached at @ImMeghaacharya.

 

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It’s Not What it Looks Like! Today’s Teenagers Growing up Slowly

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Teenagers are growing up slowly. Pixabay

New York, Sep 19, 2017: Contrary to popular perception, today’s teenagers are actually growing up more slowly than their predecessors, with 18-year-olds now behaving like 15-year-olds of yesteryears, suggests new research.

The findings published in the journal Child Development suggest that today’s teenagers are taking longer to engage in adult activities such as drinking alcohol, working, driving, or having sex.

“The developmental trajectory of adolescence has slowed, with teenagers growing up more slowly than they used to,” explained Jean Twenge, Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University in the US and lead author of the study.
“In terms of adult activities, 18-year-olds now look like 15-year-olds once did,” Twenge said. 

The researchers examined how often teenagers engaged in activities that adults do and that children do not, including dating, working for pay, going out without parents, driving and having sex.

They analysed seven large surveys of 8.3 million 13- to 19-year-olds between 1976 and 2016.

The surveys were nationally representative, reflecting the population of US teenagers in terms of gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status and geographic region.

In the surveys, teenagers were asked how they used their time, including their engagement in one or more adult activities, allowing researchers to compare teens in the 2010s to teenagers in the 2000s, 1990s, 1980s and 1970s.

The study found that today’s adolescents are less likely than their predecessors to take part in activities typically undertaken by adults.

The researchers also examined how changes in family size, life expectancy, education and the economy may have influenced the speed at which teenagers take on adult activities.

Also Read: Introducing Adolescents to Alcohol in their Teen Years Can be Risky 

The trend toward engaging in fewer adult activities cannot be explained by time spent on homework or extracurricular activities because time doing those activities decreased among eighth and tenth graders and was steady among twelfth graders and college students, the researchers said.

The decline may be linked to the time teenagers spend online, which increased markedly, the authors noted.

“Our study suggests that teenagers today are taking longer to embrace both adult responsibilities (such as driving and working) and adult pleasures (such as sex and alcohol),” study co-author Heejung Park, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, said. (IANS)


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