Research

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.

How Texting and Sexting Can Impact Our Romantic Relationships

A study, conducted by investigators at Pace University and Purdue University Fort Wayne, highlights how texting and sexting influence a relationship. Read the full article here.

Children As Young As Eight Face Body Image Issues: Girls More Dissatisfied Than Boys

Children as young as eight have body image issues, new research suggests. Read the full article here.

A Majority Of U.S. Teens Are Taking Steps To Limit Smartphone And Social Media Use

According to a new study released by Pew Research Center this week, U.S. teens are now taking steps to limit themselves from overuse of their phone and its addictive apps, like social media. Read full article here.

This Youth Generation: Smartphones Are Hurting Our Youth

Life coach and writer Deon Price shares the effect of Smartphones on today’s youth. Read the full article here.

Yes, Teens Are Texting and Using Social Media Instead Of Reading Books

The Washington Post shares research on social media and texting instead of reading books. Read the full article here.

Most Teens Are Able To Put Brakes On Risky Behaviors, UO Study Finds

A new study shows that only a minority of teenagers engage in excessively risky, impulsive behavior that has potentially destructive long-term consequences. Read the full article here.

Let’s Talk About Health

Hope lab breaks down the digital health practices of young adults and teens. Read the full article here.

Over Half Of Millennials Say They Waste Too Much Time On Smartphones

Yougov.com shares interesting research around millennials and cell phone use. Read the full article here.

A New Reality for Beauty Standards: How Selfies and Filters Affect Body Image

Science Daily shares research on social media’s effect on body image standards, and the increase in body dysmorphic disorder cases due to apps like Snapchat and Facetune. Read the full article here.

We Have Some Bad News For You About Porn

Internet filtering tools, like parental controls, are largely unsuccessful in preventing young people from watching porn online, according to new research from the Oxford Internet Institute. Read the full article here.

Study Reveals How Porn Fuels Cycles Of Loneliness In Consumers

Fight the New Drug shares researching on pornography’s affects on cycles of loneliness in it’s users. Read the full article here.

Does Criticizing Our Own Bodies Damage Our Kids’ Body Image?

New research explains the impact of negative body talk on our kids. Read the full article here.

Codepedent Relationships

Time Magazine shares information about codependent relationships, signs of unhealthy patterns, and practical steps forward for people in these kinds of partnerships. Observing and identifying these traits can be incredibly helpful for youth ministry and encouraging young people towards healthy relationships. Read the full article here.

Teenagers Increasingly Prefer Family Time to Sex, Study Suggests

Teenagers increasingly prefer to spend time online and socialising with their families over having sexual relationships, a new study suggests. Read the full article here.

Changing Teen Sex Trends

U.S. News shares some research and news on changing teen sex trends, and gives some tips in having these conversations with your kids. Read the full article here.

80% of Teenage Girls Suffer Serious Mental Illness After Sexual Assault

Four out of five teenage girls who have been sexually assaulted are suffering from crippling mental health problems months after their attack, new research has found. Read the full article here.

Studies Reveal Revenge Porn Survivors Suffer Similar Trauma As Sexual Assault Survivors

Fight the New Drug shares research regarding revenge porn victims and the trauma that is often experienced. Read the full article here.

Parental Controls Do Not Stop Teens From Seeing Pornogrpahy

New research has found that Internet filtering tools are ineffective and in most cases, were an insignificant factor in whether young people had seen explicit sexual content. Read the research here.

Only 11 Percent of Teens Say Viewing Porn is Bad

The Christian Examiner shares research from Barna Group’s Roxanne Stone around attitudes of teenagers toward porn. Read the full article here.

More Young Americans Now Identify As Bisexual

One-quarter (25%) of people identified as something other than completely heterosexual, compared to 20% of people in 2015. Read the full article here.

Teen Health and Selfies

Healthline shares research on the adverse health effects of selfies on teenagers. Read the full article here.

Teens, Social Media & Technology 2018

What a New Study Reveals About Selfies and Teenage Body Image

The University of Kentucky shares a new study, revealing more information about selfies and their effect on teenage body image issues. Read the full article here.

Do Body Image Pressures Lead to Mental Health Issues for Girls?

US News shares some research pointing to the link between cultural body image pressures and mental health issues among girls. Read the full article here.

What Teens Really Say About Sex, Drugs and Sadness

NPR shared an interesting survey regarding teens’ current views on sex, substance use and abuse, and mental health issues. Read the full article here.

Huge Survey Reveals Parents Don’t Know About 80% Of What Their Teen Sees Online

Fight the new drug highlights a study showing many parents don’t know what their teens are seeing online on a regular basis. Read the full article here.

Porn May Not Cause School Shootings, But The Science Shows It’s Hurting Teens An Awful Lot

The Washington Examiner explores the effects of pornography use on teens. Read the full article here.

This Study Reveals How Teens Can Become Desensitized To Pornographic Material Over Time

Fight the New Drug shares a study pointing out the desensitization that happens to youth that consistently consume pornography material. Read the full article here.

Older Teens Less Likely to Think Sexting Would Get Them in Trouble

Older teens are less likely than younger kids to think they’d get in trouble for sexting new research finds. Read the full article here.