Friday Faves: Pop Songs Impact Teens' Drinking Habits, the Golden Rules of Social Media, 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. This week, the College Board released blueprints of what the new SAT rolling out in 2016 will look like. So what's in store for college-bound test takers? The two original sections, math and evidenced-based reading, will remain, and the essay portion will become optional. For more details about the test, click here.
2. Congress recently released a report that shows a distinct increase in the marketing of e-cigarettes toward children and teens. The report focuses on how candy and fruit flavors, social media, and sponsorship of youth-oriented events are causing this increase. Flavors include "Cherry Crush," "Chocolate Treat," "Peachy Keen," and "Grape Mint," which are designed to appeal to younger consumers.
3. A new study shows that teens who conform to gender norms are more likely to engage in risky behavior. The study found that girls who conform to popular norms of femininity are 32 percent more likely to use tanning beds. For boys, those who stick to popular norms of masculinity were 80 percent more likely to chew tobacco, and 55 percent more likely to smoke cigars. Both of these behaviors – tanning and chewing tobacco — increase teens' risks of cancer.
4. Lately, teenagers have been in the news for bad behavior on social media. Whether posting threatening statements to Facebook or insulting teachers via Twitter, it can result in some serious trouble. To deal with your teens' online habits, Psychology Today posted four golden rules. These include "Will this post feel threatening to anyone?" and "Does this post give too much information about myself?" Tell us in the comments how you encourage your teens to practice online safety.
5. Is your teen a fan of Ke$ha? What about LMFAO? According to a new study, teens who listen to pop songs that mention name-brand alcohol are more likely to drink than their peers. The teens who like these songs were three times as likely to drink, and twice as likely to binge than their peers who weren't fans of such music.
Did we miss anything big from this week? Share your faves in the comments below!