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The New Normal: Parents, Teens, Screens, and Sleep in the United States

May 30th, 2019
  It's no secret that our phones keep us captivated. Parents don't need research to tell them that smartphones and other mobile devices are both an essential tool and a frequent distraction. But just how far does that distraction extend into families' daily lives? New research from Common Sense shows that those glowing screens are keeping many of us—and our kids—from getting a good night's sleep. In this timely follow-up to our 2016 report on device distraction, parents and teens reveal how device use affects their...
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Founding Members of dcTalk, Petra, WhiteHeart and Jars of Clay Form New Supergroup...

May 28th, 2019
Few artists have been more influential in defining the Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) brand than dcTalk, Petra, WhiteHeart and Jars of Clay. Main stage staples of the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s, fans will soon be able to see something never before experienced as members of each group come together to collectively perform their biggest hits. Kevin Max (dcTalk), John Schlitt (Petra), Billy Smiley (Whiteheart) and Dan Haseltine (Jars of Clay) have united to form the CCM ALL STAR REVIEW. With sales exceeding 30 million...
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What America Will Look Like In 2040

May 24th, 2019
  Here is how fast America is changing: By the time today’s teenagers hit their 30s, there will be — for the first time ever — more minorities than whites, more old people than children, and more people practicing Islam than Judaism.   The big picture: The slow demographic shifts we've watched over decades will finally reach a tipping point in the 2040s. They'll transform what America looks like, where we live and what we fear. What we will look like We'll be older and less white in the 2040s. Only 45% of...
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Millennials & Gen Z Pessimistic On Life (Deloitte Survey)

May 20th, 2019
Uneasiness and pessimism abound among the majority of the world's population. Deloitte has released its Global Millennial Survey of 13,416 Millennials (born between 1983 and 1994) spread across 42 countries and 3,009 Gen Z respondents (born between 1995 and 2002) from 10 countries. The firm has conducted the survey for the past eight years. The percentage of respondents who think that businesses are making a positive impact dropped six points from 61% in 2018 to 55%. ``I would say that for businesses, the most important takeaway is the...
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Teen Romances Where Couples Never Meet Are Now Normal (WSJ)

May 18th, 2019
  If we’re looking for an explanation of why today’s teens are having less sex than previous generations, there’s this: Many of them spend months or even years dating without ever meeting face to face. When Nicole Nguyen was 16, she met her first serious boyfriend for the first and last time—after they’d broken up. They had 20 minutes. They hugged once. It only happened because that day, they just happened to find themselves in the same state. Yet for an entire year, they spent almost every waking moment...
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How Smartphones Sabotage Your Brain’s Ability To Focus

May 16th, 2019
Our phones give us instant gratification. But there’s a cost: loss of attention and productivity. WSJ's Daniela Hernandez goes on a quest to understand the science of distractions and what you can do stay be more focused and productive   Watch the video story here...
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Selena Gomez “Social Media Has Been Terrible For My Generation”

May 15th, 2019
Selena Gomez has spoken out against the “devastating” effects of social media on young people, arguing that its emergence has been “terrible for my generation”. The singer and actor, who with more than 150 million followers is one of the world’s most popular figures on Instagram, said at a press conference for her new zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die that it had become “impossible at this point” to make social media platforms safe for users, and called on young people to take a break from...
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Is Pop Music Getting Sadder And Angrier? (BBC)

May 13th, 2019
Broken hearts and righteous anger have always made some of the greatest hits. From Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” (later recorded by Whitney Houston) to Adele’s “Someone Like You” and Sam Smith’s ”Stay with Me”, artists have turned their tears to gold. But does today’s music express an even deeper unhappiness than the songs of the past? That’s the conclusion of two recent analyses examining thousands of US and UK hits from the last few decades. Since the 1980's,...
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Football Coach Teaches Players Life Skills On "Manly Mondays"

May 8th, 2019
Football Coach's "Manly Mondays" Video Goes Viral
    An Alabama high school football coach who went viral for showing members of his team how to change a tire said Wednesday he was surprised to see the video blow up as it did. Steve Carter, an assistant at Athens High School, told “Fox & Friends” he’s been coaching for 40 years at nearly a dozen schools and was surprised to hear from former players about the video. “I’m having former players from other schools calling me and texting me and different things … It’s wonderful. I...
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High School Teacher Goes Viral With Gen Z Slang List

May 7th, 2019
Youthleaders: You might want to bookmark this!
A Massachusetts high school teacher recently became "Internet famous" after his impressive comprehensive running list of slang terms went viral. James Callahan, 43, teaches sociology at Lowell High School, and throughout his 15 years teaching, he has overheard plenty of words he didn't understand being uttered by the so-called Gen Z students at school. So Callahan started compiling a running list of what can be considered African-American Vernacular English phrases and he recently shared the impressive list with his students,...
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