Friday Faves: High School Students Design Prosthetic Hand, Teen Girl Stands Up to Surfing Magazine, and More!
TGIF! The weekend is finally here and the Choices magazine/TeenBeing team has rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. Check out our Friday Faves!
1. Standing up for what she believes in, a 13-year-old female surfer wrote to a popular surfing mag to criticize the lack of women within their magazine pages. The Australian teen believes that girl surfers deserve just as much exposure as the guys, which we totally agree with! She wrote, "I would subscribe to your magazine if only I felt that women were valued as athletes instead of dolls."
2. High school students in Texas are putting their after-school time to good use! Using a 3D printer, a group of teens is working to build a prosthetic hand for a two-year-old boy who has been missing three fingers since birth. The fully functioning hand already won the state title in the Skill USA competition and they hope to make it to a national championship event this summer.
3. Can selfies cause mental illness? One expert believes so. Obsessing over taking the perfect selfie may be linked to body dysmorphic disorder, which is a chronic mental illness where individuals becomes preoccupied with perceived defects in their appearance. It can also be indicative of narcissism, attention seeking behavior and self-indulgence. What do you think of this finding and teens' selfie obsessions? Tell us in the comments below.
4. Cue the nostalgia! Fans of the '90s hit TV show Boy Meets World eagerly await the spin-off series Girl Meets World. Featuring beloved couple Cory and Topanga, the Disney show premieres this summer and the first trailer was released this week, introducing a whole new generation to this family-friendly favorite.
5. Too much time in front of a screen may negatively affect teen boys' bone health, according to a new study. The results showed that boys spend more time staring at computer, TV, and phone screens than their female counterparts, and those who do have a lower bone density. This may be because nutrition and physical activity are major factors in bone growth, which these teens may not be getting as much of while playing Call of Duty.
Did we miss anything big from this week? Share your faves in the comments below!