- God made you special, right? In the United States, nearly 219,000 cosmetic plastic-surgery procedures were performed on teens aged 13 to 19 in 2010, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
- PLZ STP TXTING In 2010, more than 3,000 people died in crashes attributed to distraction-related causes — roughly 10 percent of all fatalities on the road, according to the federal Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
- Generation Confused? New nationally representative survey of 1,029 people ages 18-29 suggests. Almost 60% say “adulthood will be more enjoyable than my life is now.”
- Time to leave the Nest – 18-29 year olds – 52% have daily or almost daily contact with parents via text, e-mail, phone or in person, and 16% do “frequently,” 16% regularly; and 31% occasionally get financial support.
- I have a feeling it is more than this in 2012 – In 2010, U.S. adolescents spent an average of 8.5 hours per day interacting with digital devices.
- I love technology. The pace of [technology] “penetration” (i.e., the amount of time it takes for a new technology to be used by 50 million people) is unprecedented. For radio, technological penetration took 38 years; for telephone, 20 years; for television (TV), 13 years; for the World Wide Web, 4 years; for Facebook, 3.6 years; for Twitter, 3 years; for iPads, 2 years; and for Google_, 88 days.
- Yikes! Eric Anderman, a professor of educational psychology at Ohio State University, has studied student cheating. He says that while it’s hard to nail down statistics on its prevalence, the best estimate is that up to 85 percent of high school students have cheated at least once.
- Solution: Don’t allow under age drinking! “Many studies have found relationships between an early AFD (Age of First Drink) and a range of negative alcohol-related outcomes later in life, including the development of alcohol use disorders, legal problems like DUI, and health problems like cirrhosis of the liver,” said Meghan Rabbitt Morean, a postdoctoral fellow in the department of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine
- Not surprising – 64 percent, cited YouTube, the Web’s leading video-sharing site, as a place where they listen to music. Followed by radio (56%), iTunes (53% ) and CDs (50%).
- Might wanna check on your kid in the summer – On an average day in June or July, more than 4,800 youths used marijuana for the first time, whereas the daily average ranged from about 3,000 to 4,000 in other months
And for a quick culture update on your graduating seniors each year, check out this list