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Teen Sleep Loss Linked To Social Media

January 26th, 2017
Sleep loss in teenagers is correlated with frequent social media use, according to a new study by researchers in the UK, titled "Sleepless in school? The social dimensions of young people's bedtime rest and routines" published in the Journal of Youth Studies. Researchers at the Wales Institute for Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods surveyed over 900 students, ages 12-15 years old, about their social media usage and sleep patterns, including when they go to bed, when they wake up, and how often they check social...

Billboard Mag Does Exclusive Premiere of Tobymac

January 26th, 2017
We need love to break through if we are going to come together." TobyMac explores the power of love and compassion in the face of adversity in his new video for "Love Broke Thru" with a timely approach to eternal subject matter. The Eric Welch-directed video tackles the subject of protest over police violence around the country and is premiering exclusively with Billboard. It shows a young man grappling with his anger amidst his grandfather's calls for peace. "When we started working on the concept for this video we...

Disenfranchised Youth - Barna Research

January 3rd, 2017
In our research on younger generations, particularly Millennials, we continue to see a theme of disconnection that is worth paying attention to. Young adults are waiting longer to get married, delaying children, switching jobs more often (and, with that, often where they live). They are often less trusting of government, of church and even of colleges and universities than their older counterparts. In other words, there are very few institutions—either social or economic—binding Millennials. ... read more
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