Research + News | Topic: Adolescent Development

Are Teens Replacing Drugs with Social Media?

Today’s teens are a bunch of squares, according to the Monitoring the Future study from Michigan University, which has measured drug and alcohol use among teenagers since 1975. Every year, researchers survey approximately 45,000 eighth, 10th, and 12th graders, and their 2015 results show the lowest percentage of teens using alcohol and drugs since 1990. Read the full article here.

Televiewing Predicts Social Impairment During Adolescence

Young children who watch too much television are at risk of victimization and social isolation, and adopting violent and antisocial behavior toward other students at age 13, new research indicates.

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Online Pornography Warping Adolescent Brains

Addiction, unhealthy relationships and rising levels of sexual abuse in youth is the reality of easy access to pornographic material. Read the full article here.

What Social Media ‘Likes’ Do To Teens’ Brains

Research, published in the journal Psychological Science, found that in the developing brain of teenagers, “likes” were found to generate activity in the regions of the brain that are involved in sensing pleasure — the same areas that light up with thoughts of sex, money, and food. Read the article here.

Parents’ Smartphones Harming Children’s Ability to Hold Conversation, Say Teachers

Parents’ immersion in smartphones has left some neglected children starting primary school unable to hold conversations, new research warns. Read the article here.

What Children Learned From the Shared Family Phone

With landlines fading, children have fewer opportunities to learn phone manners, sharing and other grown-up skills. Read the article here.

Study Finds Video Games May Have Positive Effects on Kids

Researchers at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health and colleagues at Paris Descartes University and a number of other European universities assessed the association between the amount of time spent playing video games and children’s mental health and cognitive and social skills. They found that playing video games may have positive effects on young children.

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American Girls: How Social Media Is Disrupting The Lives of Teenagers

This article from TIME is adapted from a new book just released by Nancy Jo Sales titled American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Life of Teenagers. Read the article here.

How Social Media Is Destroying The Lives Of Teen Girls

Author Nancy Joe Sales takes a look at slut pages, sink shots, Yik Yak, Finstas, Kik, Snapchat, revenge porn and more in her latest book.

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How Are All Those Screens Changing Kids’ Behavior?

Given the amount of time kids are spending — six hours a day for tweens and nine for teens – with entertainment media, reflecting on how our human connections are being altered by our technological connections is of utmost importance. Read the article here.