Friday Faves: The Science of Snacking and Snoozing, a Shocking Film About Body Image, and More!

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

1. A new study has revealed that students who are considered more attractive than their peers are more likely to get higher grades, go to college, and be successful later in life. The study did not conclude whether these findings were a result of higher levels of confidence in the "better looking" students or of outright favoritism. Either way, we find this a little disturbing. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!

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2. Turns out the fountain of youth may be a fountain full of...nuts? A recent study has revealed a correlation between the amount of nuts consumed to a person's death rate. People who ate nuts seven or more times a week had lower death rates and were less likely to die of cancer, heart disease, and respiratory disease than those who ate them less than once a week. And that's not even the half of it, read about all of their other health benefits and you'll really go nuts for nuts.

3. A recent surge in incidents of cyberbullying has resulted in all sorts of questions regarding what is a suitable punishment for the crime and who is to blame. Teens have been criminally charged in some cases, but what about their parents? Should their lack of supervision be prosecuted as well? The debate rages on. But in the meantime, check in with TeenBeing for advice on how to monitor your teens' internet usage and for updates on the sites you should watch out for.

4. The snooze button- a blessing or a curse?  This piece on sleep explains how we're making our mornings much harder for ourselves  by constantly asking for those, "Five more minutes." And experts are saying that misguided sleep habits like hitting the snooze button can cause more than just that groggy, can't-open-your-eyes feeling in the morning. A professor of chronobiology, Till Roenneberg, had this to say about our modern sleep patterns:

[quote]The practice of going to sleep and waking up at ‘unnatural’ times could be the most prevalent high-risk behaviour in modern society.[/quote]

Yikes!

5. Academy Award nominated cinematographer , Rodrigo Prieto, has created a short film called Likeness which addresses the extremely important subject of body image and teens. Prieto, with the help of his 19-year-old daughter who has suffered from an eating disorder, tackles the issue in a uniquely intense and wordless 6-minute film that is definitely worth a watch; but, we advise you to watch the film first before showing it to your teen - the images might be a little hard for some to handle.

Did we miss anything this week? Let us know in comments below!