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Girls Say “Kim & Kylie Negative Role Models”

March 27th, 2019
  By Lucinda Cameron Almost eight in ten young teenage girls say that pressure from social media is one of the main reasons for mental ill-health among their age group, according to new research. The same number (79%) said they feel that adults have no understanding of the pressures they experience in the social media age. The UK-wide poll, carried out by Shout, a positive lifestyle magazine aimed at girls aged 11-14, found that most of those surveyed claim to have suffered anxiety, stress and bullying and felt under pressure...

The Rise Of Sad Rap: How Hip-Hop Got The Blues

March 18th, 2019
  By Nosheen Iqbal     Rap is often blamed for glamorising gang culture but a study analysing lyrics from America’s Billboard 100 chart shows that it is actually providing a vivid commentary on social angst, malaise and mental health.   The data – amassed from lyrics in songs featured in the end-of-year charts from 1958 to 2017, using a computer program called TextBlob – reveals that the most popular music genre in the US may also be its most depressed. A rise in rappers discussing mental health...
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