Friday Faves: The Pros & Cons of Texting, A High School Yearbook Controversy, and More!
TGIF! The weekend is finally here and the Choices magazine/TeenBeing team rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. Check out our Friday Faves!
1. As we mentioned last week, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair brings together high school competitors from around the world. At the fair, 15-year-old Nathan Han received a prestigious award for his software tool that can identify and predict cancer-causing mutation in a person’s DNA. He told the Huffington Post he was surprised to win because he got discouraged along the way. He was rejected from several internships since he’s only 15, making it difficult to find a research mentor. Luckily, he didn’t give up and walked away from the contest with a $75,000 prize!
2. An Arizona high school received mixed reactions after publishing a two-page spread in their yearbook featuring students that are teen parents. Many were concerned that it glamorized teen pregnancy, yet some didn't view it that way. Psychologist Dr. Barbara Greenberg told TODAY.com it was a good move, believing it'd be a disservice to the girls to make them feel like they're living with shame and embarrassment, which could cause anxiety and depression. Greenberg categorized the yearbook spread as a "fantastic teaching opportunity" and a way for parents to have a realistic discussion with teens about the difficulty of finishing school when parenting at a young age. Tying into this idea, MTV's "16 and Pregnant," which also is accused of glamorizing teen pregnancy, may be having a positive effect on curbing teen parenthood rates, as we mentioned in a previous TeenBeing post.
3. It's a story we hear all the time: teens misunderstand what a friend means in a texting conversation, resulting in an avoidable and unnecessary argument. That's exactly why we love this quote from the Instagram of Brian Fallon (of the band Gaslight Anthem):
Texting is a brilliant way to miscommunicate how you feel, and misinterpret what other people mean.
We're unsure who created the saying, but we couldn't agree more! Sure, texting is a convenient way to communicate, but it shouldn't replace the value of face-to-face conversations. Spread the message by sharing the photo on your own Insta account!
4. Still, texting isn't always a bad thing! According to the Daily News, a new study at the University of California, San Diego found that teens with chronic illnesses who are allowed to text their doctors are more likely to better manage their health and report symptoms at the first sign of a problem. Dr. Jeannie Huang, who led the study, believes this works because it's "meeting teens in their own space." Teens, who tend to not want to bother others, sometimes wait dangerously long to report symptoms, which is why texting allows better care.
5. Happy (almost) Memorial Day! Hopefully you'll be spending the long weekend relaxing. Amidst BBQs and other celebrations, remind your teens to drive carefully! The National Safety Council warns that Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the "100 deadliest days" for teen drivers. In 2012, nearly 1,000 people were killed in crashes involving teen drivers from Memorial Day to Labor Day, according to the National Safety Council.
Did we miss anything big from this week? Share your faves in the comments below!