Friday Faves: Music for Your Mind, San Francisco Goes Gotham, and More

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Happy Friday! The Choices/TeenBeing team has rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web.

1. We love this ticket machine in Moscow that asks people to do 30 squats in exchange for a subway ride. Free transportation and a workout? Sign us up!

2. We’ve always had to tell our kids to sit further away from the TV screen to protect their eyes, but now our children are staring at all different kinds of screens, all day long. Check out these tips on how to relieve eyestrain brought on by copious amounts of screen time.

3. A new study has shown that a PG-13 rating doesn’t mean a whole lot when it comes to violence. Researchers have found that the appearance of gun violence in movies rated PG-13 has tripled since 1985 and even exceeds the amount found in many R-rated movies today. The study author, Daniel Romer, pointed to research linking violence in the media to aggressive behavior in children and said,

[quote]We don't know if seeing gun violence on the screen has a unique effect, but it is concerning considering that we have seen a rise in the use of guns in schools and other settings in recent years.[/quote]

Read our post on video games to learn about what another type of media that contains violent content could be doing to your teen.

4. Your teens' music lessons may be helping them in more ways than you think. According to a new study, adults between the ages of 55 and 76 who took music lessons at a young age have shown faster speech and sound processing than those who did not.

5. We wish we were in San Francisco today—or should we say Gotham City? 12,000 SF residents have volunteered to help the Make A Wish Foundation bring a 5-year-old boy's dream of becoming "Batkid" to life. Follow along with the adventure, which includes a Lamborghini-turned-Batmobile and a key to the city from the mayor, using the hashtag #SFBatkid.

Did we miss anything big from this week? Let us know your faves in the comments below!