Research

UA Researcher Finds Motivations For ‘Sexting’ Complicated

A new study out of the University of Arizona is looking into the motivations for why people are sexting. Read the full article here.

Teen Dating Violence Can Lead To Homicide — And Girls Are The Most Common Victims

Domestic violence is common among adults, and women are most frequently the victims. In fact, nearly half of women killed by homicide in the United States are killed by their former or current intimate partners. Read the full article here.

US Teen Birth Rate Declines to Lowest Level On Record

The teen birth rate in the United States dipped to 18 births per 1,000, the lowest since statistics started being kept, the Pew Research Center said Friday. Read the full article here.

Association Of Sexting With Sexual Behaviors And Mental Health Among Adolescents

Researchers explored the relationships between sexting, sexual behavior, and mental health. Read the full article here.

Most Americans Say Sex Education Should Be LGBTQ+-Inclusive

A recent YouGov poll revealed almost 2/3 of Americans think that school should provide education for same-sex sexual activity. See the results here.

Why Is The Teen Birth Rate Falling?

The teen birth rate in the United States is at a record low, dropping below 18 births per 1,000 girls and women ages 15 to 19 for the first time since the government began regularly collecting data on this group. Read the full article here.

Nationwide Study on Teen ‘Sexting’ Has Good News, Bad News

The good news is that adolescent “sexting” is not at epidemic levels as reported in some media headlines. The bad news is that it also has not decreased despite preventive efforts by educators and others. Read the full article here.

More U.S. Teenagers Are Trying to Lose Weight Than in Years Past, That May Be Reason for Concern

Despite messages of healthy body image and holistic wellness for youth, a new study shows more young people are dieting than years prior. Read the full article here.

“Send Nudes”: Sexting Is The New Normal For Students Everywhere, Research Finds

Fight the New Drug shares just how prevalent sexting has become for students around the globe. Read the full article here.

Smartphone Usage Amongst Children Must Be Monitored, Says Expert

Street Rehab Specialist Mandy Saligari cautions that screen time is normally ignored as a possible vehicle for addiction in adolescents. Read the full article here.

Many Teen Girls Pressured By Partners To Get Pregnant

Nearly one in eight sexually active teen girls are pressured by their partners to have unprotected sex and try to conceive when they don’t want a baby, a U.S. study suggests. Read the full article here.

Nearly a Quarter of Men 18–24 Have Signs of Disordered Eating

Nearly a quarter of men 18-24 show signs of disordered eating… often times with the intention of gaining muscle, not losing weight. Are your sons showing signs of disordered eating to maintain a muscular physique? It may be worth having a conversation. Read the full article here.

Digital Exhibitionism: Why Strangers Are Airdropping Nudes To Unsuspecting Strangers

Fight the New Drug highlights a disturbing rise in “cyber-flashing,” where people airdrop naked photographs to unsuspecting phone users in their close vicinity. For parents of iPhone users, protect your kids by setting their Airdrop function to “Receiving Off.” Read the full article here.

Watching Porn Linked To Higher Unethical Behavior At Work

Even while the harms of pornography grow bigger and bigger in the cultural spotlight, your kids will hear from peers and other parents that it’s “harmless fun.” It’s important for you as a parent to be aware of the growing body of research proving that it is indeed harmful… even from a purely psychological perspective. Read the full article here.

75% Vs. 99%: Porn Consumption Rates Among Young Adults Are Underreported

Fight The New Drug shares a study claiming that people watch a lot more pornography than is often reported. Read the full article here.

Almost A Third Of Teenagers Sleep With Their Phones, Survey Finds

Sixty-eight percent of teenagers reported that they keep their mobile devices within reach at night, a telephone and online survey released Tuesday by the nonprofit Common Sense Media found. Read the full article here.

Report Details The Devastating Effects Social Media Is Having On Gen Z

A study released in Jan 2018 by Barna Research Group reveals that Generation Z is more emotionally affected by the perils of social media than other generations who are also online. Read the full article here.

Nearly 40% of LGBTQ Youth Have Contemplated Suicide

A new study reports that nearly 40% of LGBTQ youth have contemplated suicide at some point. Read the full article here.

Instagram And Self-Harm: 1 In 3 Youth Who See Cutting Images Try It Themselves, Study Suggests

Young people who see images of cutting on Instagram are more likely to hurt themselves by imitating the act, and also are at higher risk for suicide, a new study suggests. Read the full article here.

Millions of Teens Identify Social Media As Key Cause of Worries About Body Image, New Research Reveals

A new survey released by the Mental Health Foundation has revealed 40% of teens worry about their body image after viewing images on social media. Read the full article here.

People Who Use Dating Apps Are More Likely To Have Eating Disorders, Harvard Study Shows

People who use dating apps are more likely to have eating disorders, abuse laxatives or use other unhealthy weight management practices than people who don’t date online, Harvard researchers found in a new study published Friday in the Journal of Eating Disorders. Read the full article here.

One In Eight Adults Have had Suicidal Thoughts Over Body Image Concerns

A study in Britain found that millions of British adults have experienced suicidal thoughts or feelings due to their body image… pointing to the importance of having conversations with your kids about the effects of social media on self worth. Read the full article here.

Under Employers’ Gaze, Gen Z Is Biting Its Tongue On Social Media

NPR shares an article sharing how employers often view potential employees’ social media accounts to learn more about them. Read the full article here.

What Shapes Men’s Body Image? These New Findings May Surprise You

In today’s culture of social media and “fake news,” “fake bodies” (a.k.a. “computer-enhanced imaging”) have become a powerfully influential norm. Read the full article here.

Superheroes Make Long-Term Impact On Child Sexuality: Study

The New York Post discusses the affects that superheroes and unrealistic body types can have on children, even into adulthood. Read the full article here.

Teens Don’t Seem To Grow Out Of Problematic Cell Phone Use

Some teenagers develop a craving to use a cell phone during inappropriate times, and new research suggests it is not something that is likely to change as they become young adults. Read the full article here.

Unwanted Sexting Linked To Anxiety, Depression, and Low Self-Esteem

A new study shows early evidence that receiving unsolicited sexual imagery through text, or being coerced into sending it is associated with mental health distress. Read the full article here.

Female Artists Increasingly Portrayed With Sexually Suggestive Movements In Popular Music Videos

There has been a rise in sexually suggestive movements in popular music videos, according to a study published in Psychology of Popular Media CultureRead the full article here.

Study: More People Are Reading the Bible This Year, But Many Believers Are Reading It Less

The 2019 version of the “State of the Bible” study from the American Bible Society and the Barna Group, found more people are consulting the Bible in 2019 than 2018, but of those who said they were “Bible-centered,” 9.9 million decreased their engagement with Scripture. Read the full article here.

U.S. Teen Girls At Risk In Dating Violence, Study Says

A study shows that teen girls are more at risk than boys in dating violence. Read the full article here.

50 Percent of Pastors Worry They’ll Offend People If They Speak About Social Issues

New Barna Group research focused on religious freedom, and reported 50 percent of pastors feel worried about speaking out on certain issues because they’re worried about offending people. Read the full article here.

Up To 1 In 13 Boys In U.S. Have Sex Before Adolescence

A new study shows that up to 1 in 13 boys in the United States have sex before adolescence, though it depends largely on where they live. Read the full article here.

Too Much, Too Young: Why We Need To Talk To Our Sons About Porn

Research has shown that viewing pornography affects boys’ attitudes towards sex and relationships. As parents we must help them sort fact from fantasy. Read Article Here. 

Number Of American Adults Not Having Sex Reaches All-Time High, Report Says

The number of American adults reporting that they have not had sex in the past year hit a record high in 2018, data shows. Read the full article here.

Survey: Most Americans Now Believe Marriage Isn’t Important to Becoming An Adult

According to a recent survey, more than half of Americans say marriage isn’t important to becoming an adult. What’s more, 45 percent of American adults are single (people aged 18 and older). Read the full article here.

Study Finds Screen Time, Even Before Bed, Has Little Impact On Teen Well-Being

Contrary to many articles that we see, this study points to the little impact screen-time has on teen well-being. Read the full article here.

Could Family Breakfast Give Kids Good Body Image?

Eating breakfast as a family can help promote a positive body image for children and adolescents, a new study suggests. Read the full article here.

Investigation Reveals Sharp Rise In Hidden Links To Child Porn On Adult Porn Sites

A recent investigation by the anti-child porn organization Internet Watch Foundation reveals that there has been a sharp rise in criminals hiding child porn on apparently legal commercial adult pornography websites, as reported by The Guardian. Read the full article here.

New Study: As Teens Are Spending Less Time With Each Other, They Experience A Rise In Feelings Of Loneliness

Air Talk Radio shares a new study, on screen time and it’s impact on an adolescent’s social life, and his or her sense of social engagement. Read the full article here.

The Complicated Truth About Social Media and Body Image

BBC Future shares information around social media and it’s effects on our body image. Read the full article here.

Is Porn Making Young Men Impotent?

Up to a third of young men now experience erectile dysfunction. Some are turning to extreme measures such as penile implants… is porn to blame? Read the full article here.

One In Four Pre-Teen Suicides May Be LGBTQ Youth

Youth 12 to 14 years old who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender are much more likely to die by suicide than their heterosexual peers, a disparity that persists but becomes less pronounced by early adulthood, a U.S. study suggests. Read the full article here.

Stoned Love: Is Social Media As Addictive As Marijuana For Teens?

In a groundbreaking study, a University of California, San Diego (UCSD), psychiatrist is investigating whether social media affects the adolescent brain in the same way as cannabis. Read the full article here.

Have Smartphones Really Destroyed A Generation? We Don’t Know.

Researchers discuss the multiple questions and concerns surrounding technology and its influence on adolescents. Read article here.

Understanding The Teenage Brain

Understanding what goes on inside the teenage brain has been a preoccupation of parents from time immemorial, but over the last 20 years, neuroscientists have made real progress in understanding how the adolescent brain differs from the brains of both younger children and adults. Read Article Here.

Checked Off ‘The Talk’ With Your Teen? Not So Fast: Once Isn’t Enough

Patting yourself on the back for gritting through “the talk” with your kid? Not so fast: new research from family life professor Laura Padilla-Walker suggests that when it comes to your teens, one vague and generic conversation about sex is not enough. Read Article Here.

The ‘Likes’ Currency – When Social Media Becomes A Marketplace For Soft-Core Pornography

With the rise of technology and the acceptability of pornography, we have seen an increase in exposure and degradation. Read article here. 

Study Finds High Rates Of Weight-Based Bullying Among LBGTQ Adolescents

The highest rates of weight-based victimisation occurred in LGBTQ adolescents with obesity (as many as 77 per cent reported these experiences)… Read the full article here.

Study: America’s Trust In Clergy Is At A Record Low

Relevant Magazine shares research on the public’s low trust in the members of the clerical profession. Read the full article here.

Why Doesn’t Sex Ed Cover Body Image?

Researchers have recommended that body image should be a core part of sex education curriculum. Read article here.

Generation Z Looks a Lot Like Millennials on Key Social and Political Issues

Pew Research Center shares a look into Gen Z’s views on political and social issues. Read the full article here.

10 Facts About Americans and Facebook

Pew Research Center shares 10 facts about Americans and Facebook. Read the full article here.

“No Harm In Looking, Right?” A Study Of Porn’s Impact On Self-Esteem

Fight The New Drug shares a study of pornography’s impact on self-esteem. Read the full article here.

10 Big Myths About Prostitution

Moral Revolution highlights 10 common misconceptions about prostitution and sex trafficking. Read the full article here.

Porn Consumption Rates Among Young Adults Are Seriously Underreported

Fight The New Drug shares research showing a lot more young adults watch porn that is actually reported. Read the full article here.

How Does Viewing Porn as a Child Impact Future Behavior and the Brain?

XXXChurch interviewed Steven Luff about porn usage in childhood and it’s effects on the brain. Read the full article or listen to the podcast here.

By The Numbers: Is The Porn Industry Connected to Sex Trafficking?

Fight The New Drug breaks down the numbers and shows the inseparable link between the porn industry and sex trafficking. Read the full article here.

Technology & Christmas: Tips for Monitoring Devices

Barna Group shares some info from Andy Crouch’s newest book, The Tech-Wise Family, and gives some helpful tips for keeping technology in it’s proper place for the holidays and beyond. Read the full article here.

Social Media And It’s Impact On Body Image, According To Research

A recent research study discloses how the use of social media could affect the self-perceived body image of adolescent girls and young women. Read the full article here.

The Surprising Drop in Sex Among Young People May Have a Dark Side

Relevant shares a deeper look into the surprising drop in sexual frequency among young people. Read the full article here.

Social Media Use And Its Impact On Body Image, According To Research

A recent research discloses how the use of social media could affect the self-perceived body image of adolescent girls and young women. Read article here.

College Students Significantly Less Depressed, Lonely When They Limit Social Media: Study

Limiting the amount of time spent daily on social media can significantly decrease feelings of depression and loneliness, according to a recent study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. Read article here.

Mental Health: How Body Image Pressure For Boys Has Led To Rise In Hospital Cases

BBC News shares how social media has led to body issues among boys, which experts say has led to the 18% increase of hospital visits for young men. Read the full article here.

More Americans Find Porn Acceptable, So Fewer Politicians Try To Stop It

Quartz shares why pornography is no longer on the political forefront, despite the Republican leadership in DC. Read the full article here.

How Early Porn Exposure Traumatizes Boys And Fuels Toxic Masculinity

Fight the New Drug shares research on how early porn exposure effects young boys. Read the full article here.

Online Dating Impacts College Students’ Mental Heath

BG Falcon Media shares a look into the effects of dating apps on the mental heath of young individuals. Read the full article here.

Queering Science

From the article: “Any study that comes to conclusions or even raises evidence contrary to the taboos that have formed in recent years is taken hostage—first by pseudonymous strangers at keyboards; then by the opportunistic faculty who jump on the bandwagon displaying a methodological purism heretofore unknown in sexual science; and then by the universities themselves, whose interest has shifted from the pursuit of truth to the pursuit of virtue (signaling).” Read the rest of the article here.

How Parents Can Help Curb Youth Dating Violence

Children whose parents talk to them about non-violent ways of resolving conflict are less likely to physically or psychologically abuse their dating partners later, says a study. Read Article Here.

Secret To A Happy Marriage? Only Having One Sexual Partner In Your Lifetime

The secret to a happy marriage is having just one sexual partner during your life, research has suggested. Read article here.

Study Links Social Media to Depression, Loneliness

University of Pennsylvania researchers say that for the first time they have linked social media use to increases in depression and loneliness. Read the full article here.

Many Teens Are ‘Sextortion’ Targets

Sextortion is threatening to share sexually explicit photos without consent if a person doesn’t agree to certain demands, such as sexual favors or money. Read the article here.

Sexting Now Viewed As Social Norm Among Teenagers, Researcher Warns

Teenagers now see sexting as a social norm and its dangers need to be addressed directly in classrooms as part of the sex education curriculum, a leading researcher has warned. Read full article here.

ASU Researchers Find Correlation Between Relationships And Transition To College

ASU’s research professors have found that social relationships among family and friends plays a role with a student’s mood during the transition to college. Read article here.

Boys More Likely To Be Victims Of Teen Dating Violence

Canadian study says boys are more likely to experience dating violence in grades 7-12. Read full article here.

This Is The Average Age Teens Are Losing Their Virginity

The study found that the average age of virginity loss is 17.4, whereas the average age of sexual awakening (“a sudden realization of sexual feelings and urges”) is 15.2. Read the article here.

Teens and Social Media. . . A Helpful Infographic

CPYU shares an infographic from Common Sense media about teens and social media use. Read the full article here.

Gen Z and Morality: What Teens Believe (So Far)

Barna Group shares some eye-opening research around Gen-Z and morality. Read the full article here.

Consider Before Consuming: How Porn Can Affect Individuals & Their Brain (Infographic)

Fight the New Drug shares an informative infographic about what porn does to an individual’s brain. Read the full article here.

The U.S. Divorce Rate Is Falling Rapidly Thanks to Millenials

Relevant shares new research showing a decline in the United States divorce rate due to the millennial generation. Read the full article here.

Adolescent Boys Think Sexual Aggression Is Flirting, Apparently?

Teenagers as a group are known to be immature and impulsive. Technology has changed dating. Sex and dating is awkward for everybody. But… Read the article here.

It’s ‘Never Too Late’ For Parenting Advice, Study Says

BBC news shares new research around parenting, stating that older children benefitted just as much to parenting interventions as younger children. Read the full article here.

Study Links Porn Consumption To Higher Levels Of Objectification And Tricking Partners Into Sex

Fight the New Drug shares research around porn consumption and higher levels of objectification and sexual manipulation in relationships. Read the full article here.

Boys Report More Teenage Dating Violence Than Girls: Study

When it comes to teen dating violence, boys are more likely to report being the victim of violence — being hit, slapped, or pushed — than girls. That’s the surprising finding of new research from British Columbia, Canada. Read the full article here.

This Is How Phones Are Impacting Our Romantic Relationships

As a part of “scroll-free September,” Huffington Post shares an example of the role that smartphones and social media often play in relationships. Read the full article here.

Study: 36% Of Americans Believe That the Bible Is True

A study shows only 36% of Americans believe that the Bible is true, even though 87% of households have at least one Bible. Read the full article here.

14% Of Americans Have Changed Their Mind About An Issue Because Of Something They Saw On Social Media

The majority of Americans aren’t swayed by information that may or may not be true on social media, but 14% of US Citizens state that they’ve changed their opinion on a political position due to things they’ve read on social media. Read the full article.

Scientists Discover Brain Structure Differences In Frequent Porn Consumers

Fight the New Drug shares research on brain structure differences between people who consume porn and those who don’t. Read the full article here.

How To Talk To Teenagers About Consent, Boundaries And Self-Control

A key part of parenting is teaching our children how, by the time they are teens, to assume responsibility for their actions. Read the article here.

Peer Pressure and Transgender Teens

Ideologues try to suppress a study on the increasing prevalence of ‘rapid onset gender dysphoria.’ Read the article here.

Should Sex Ed Teach Abstinence? Most Americans Say Yes

Barna Group shares research around the American public’s opinion around sex education. Read the full article here.

Most Americans Think Living Together Before Getting Married Is Beneficial

A yougov poll reveals American opinions on cohabitation and it’s effect on the health of relationships. Read the full article here.

Study: Those Raised by Religious Hypocrites Turn to Atheism Later in Life

A new study published in the Religion, Brain and Behavior Journal explored the idea that behavioral models displayed by religious parents are often what crafts their child’s future beliefs. Read the full article here.

Rapid-Onset Gender Dysphoria In Adolescents And Young Adults: A Study Of Parental Reports

In on-line forums, parents have been reporting that their children are experiencing what is described here as “rapid-onset gender dysphoria,” appearing for the first time during puberty or even after its completion. Read the article here.

‘Sexting’ Is Behind The Record Low Rate Of Teenage Pregnancy, A Charity Claims

A British Charity released research and tied the lower number of teen pregnancies to the increase in sexting and sexual behavior online. Read the full article here.

This Study Shows Shame Can Predict Addictive Behaviors More Than Depression

Fight the New Drug shares research around shame and how it can predict addictive behavior more than depression. Read the full article here.

Is Transgender The New Anorexia?

A blockbuster study suggests that in some cases transgender is a ‘social contagion,’ a maladaptive coping technique spread by peer groups and the Internet. Read the article here.

Here Is How Much Sexting Among Teens Has Increased

A study published in JAMA Pediatrics revealed that sexting (which is the electronic sharing of sexually explicit images, videos, or messages) has increased among teenagers since 2009. Oh, and the number of teenagers with smartphones has also increased since 2009. Coincidence? Read the rest of the article here.

Researchers: Turning To XXX Sites As An Emotional Escape Fuels Porn Obsession

Fight the New Drug shares research on using porn as an emotional escape, and how it fuels obsessive tendencies. Read the full article here.

Recent Increase In Contraception Use Noted Among U.S. Teenagers

Among U.S. adolescents, there were increases in contraceptive use from 2007 to 2014, including dual-method use and long-acting reversible contraception, according to a study published in the August issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health. Read the article here.

‘Taxi Porn’ Study Shows How Viewing Pornography Changes How Men See Women

A new study shows some of the ways that porn changes men’s perceptions about women. Read the full article here.