Research

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.

Online Dating Lowers Self-Esteem And Increases Depression, Studies Say

CNN shares research on low self-esteem and depression issues related to online dating. Read the full article here.

Research: Attempts to Suppress Sexual Thoughts Could Result In An Increase of Those Thoughts

A new study tackles the suppression of sexual thoughts and the perceived increase in said thoughts afterward in religious circles. This points to the importance of having these conversations with children and students early and often, allowing a healthy understanding of sexuality to emerge. Read the full article here.

More Than An Hour a Day on Social Media Leads to Body Dissatisfaction In Women

Spending over an hour on social media each day can lead to increased body image issues for women. Read the full article here.

New Research: Teachers Deeply Concerned About Digital Devices While Parents Take A Rosier View

The Washington Post shares some research on the difference between parents’ and teachers’ opinions on digital devices. Read the full article here.

13 and Depressed: Why Young Teen Girls Are at Risk

New research shows why girls are more at risk for depression than boys and how to help them cope. Some of these reasons are highly relational, and are helpful for youth workers to be aware of. Read the full article here.

Teens Cyberbully Themselves

NPR shares research pointing to a new trend of “digital self-harm,” where teens post derogatory comments about themselves on social media. Read the full article here.

Researchers Explore Pornography’s Effect On Long-Term Relationships

Married men and women who use pornography are more likely to get divorced than men and women who do not, researchers say. Read the full article here.

Body Shaming Can Create Lifelong Problems, But Who’s Doing It May Surprise You

Deseret News shares research regarding body shaming, who does it, and how much if affects it’s victims. Read the full article here.

Sexting Linked To Increased Porn Consumption, Relationship Insecurity, And Cheating

Fight the New Drug shares research on sexting and it’s links to increased porn use, relational insecurity, and infidelity. Read the full article here.

Biggest Study Ever Of Teen Brains To Reveal How Screen Time Affects Kids

The Today Show shares how researchers are following more than 11,000 children for the next decade, studying how dozens of factors — including drugs and alcohol, diet and exercise, screen time, academic and social stress, sleep patterns, sibling and parent relationships — impact their brains. Read the full article here.

Hormonal Contraceptives May Adversely Affect Psychological Health in Adolescent Girls

Use of hormonal contraception is associated with the subsequent use of psychotropic drugs in women of reproductive age with a significant association in young adolescents. Read the full article here.

Religious Faith Linked To Suicidal Behavior In LGBTQ Adults

Studies show that many young students wrestling with their sexuality face suicidal behavior more frequently when involved in faith-based communities. This is an important reminder that we must have these conversations with our teens. Read the full article here.

Infographic: What’s Your Take on Singleness, Dating, and Marriage?

Crossway shares an insightful infographic talking about marriage, singleness, and dating. Read the full article here.

4 Studies That Show How Porn-Obsessed Brains Can Heal Over Time

Fight The New Drug shares how the brain can heal from pornography addiction over time. Read the full article here.

Kids and Smartphone Addiction… A Helpful Infographic

Walt Mueller shares an eye-opening article and infographic on smartphone addiction among kids. Read the full article here.

A Majority Say Most Breakups End Badly, Being Both Dramatic and Messy

It’s important to know and understand the dating culture that your kids grow up in… and while over half of Americans have been broken up with in person, ending things over a phone call or text is popular among young generations. Read the full article here.

Researchers: This Brain Imaging Study Supports The Porn Addiction Model

There is debate among the psychology world whether or not an individual can actually be “addicted” to pornography. This brain imaging study suggests that it is possible.  Read the full article here.

Profile Of A Social Media Addict: Do You Fit The Description?

Researchers from Binghamton University in New York studied social media use discovered common traits of people that may be addicted to Social Media. Read the full article here.

Social Media May Be More Harmful To Girls Than Boys, Study Finds

Researchers from the University of Essex recently released a study about social media use and the differences between it’s effects on both genders… and found that it may affect girls more intensely. Read the full article here.

Feeling Loved by God Buffers Body Esteem in Men More Than Women

New research published in the Journal of Psychology and Christianity revealed interesting results on the understanding of God’s love toward one’s self, and it’s effect on body image issues. Read the full article here.

Think Watching Porn Can’t Change Your Brain? Think Again

Fight The New Drug shares ways that porn rewires your brain. Read the full article here.

Sexting: Is Your Teen Under Pressure To Send Nude Selfies?

Research has found that boys are nearly four times as likely to pressure girls to send sexts as girls are to pressure boys to do so. Read the article here.

Domestic Abuse May Be More Common When Dating

A new study discovered the majority of intimate partner violence — more than 80 percent of incidents in one study population — involve boyfriends and girlfriends. Read the full article here.

Gen Z: Your Questions Answered

Recently, Barna released a landmark study of Gen Z, in partnership with Impact 360 Institute, providing a snapshot of the ways Gen Z sees the world, their faith (or lack thereof) and our culture. Read the full article here.

Young People Left ‘Deeply Unhappy’ By Social Media Pressure For Perfect Body

According to research by the YMCA, more than a third of 11 to 16-year-olds said they were willing to do ‘whatever it takes to look good’. Read the full article here.

Is Internet Porn Causing Sexual Dysfunctions? A Review With Clinical Reports

Fight the New Drug shares research on porn-induced sexual dysfunction. Read the full article here.

How #MeToo, Awareness Months And Facebook Are Helping Us Heal

Drexel University shared some research about social media’s role in disclosing and healing from abuse and hardship. Read the full article here.

Social Media: How Much Is Too Much?

BBC Future talks social media, potential addiction, and it’s effect on people. Read the full article here.

Scientists Discover Brain Structure Changes In Frequent Porn Consumers

Fight the New Drug shares research on what brain structure changes happen in the brain of porn users. Read the full article here.

Research: Millennials Spend An Average of 10 A Week On Dating Apps

New research indicates that men spend an average of 85 minutes a day on dating apps, while ladies are just behind them at 79 minutes a day. Read the full article here.

Atheism Doubles Among Generation Z

Generation Z is officially the first truly “post-Christian” generation. Read full article here.

Fewer Americans Choose Marriage

An interesting Valentines Day message is common this year: fewer people are getting married. Read the full article here.

How “Me Too” Is Affecting Young People’s Dating Lives, According To A New Survey

MTV conducted detailed research around the #metoo movement, and shared some of their findings here.

Life in Balance: Negative Body Image, Eating Disorders Fueled By Ads, Social Media

Eating Disorder Therapist shares that nearly 80 percent of 11-year-old girls have been on some sort of diet. Read the full article here.

Study: More Teens Admit To Sexting

Teens who don’t sext are more aware of their values about sharing nudity, and more in touch with their own feelings of discomfort, and parents are encouraged to focus on teaching children those things. Read the full article here.

Should Sex Ed Teach Abstinence? Most Americans Say Yes

Barna group recently released some research about Americans’ opinions on abstinence sexual education. Read the full article here.

How Bad Is Social Media For Your Mental Health?

The week shares research regarding social media and it’s effects on our health, but good and bad. Read the full article here.

These New Dating Stats Will Actually Give You Hope

New research from Harvard University points to healthier dating habits growing among individuals 18-25. Read the full article here.

The Behaviors Americans Count As Sexual Harassment

The Barna Group recently released some research around the behaviors that Americans count as sexual harassment. Read the full article here.

Kids Aren’t Protecting Themselves During Oral Sex

Reuters Health shares research regarding the habits of todays youth in regards to oral sex, and reveals the lack of understanding around the risks of STDs. Read the full article here.

How Technology Changes Teen Romance

The New York Times talks about the new challenges that are introduced to teenage romance by the onset of the technology age. Read the full article here.

Study Finds That Porn Is Linked To Condoning Sexual Assault

Fight The New Drug shares eye-opening research regarding the connection with pornography and sexual assault. Read the full article here.

You Won’t Believe How Many Kids Under 10 Are Watching Porn

New research says that 1 in 10 visitors to graphic porn sites are under 10 years old. Read the full article here.

Changes In Young People’s Sexual Practices Over The Last 20 Years Revealed

A new study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, describes changes in young people’s sexual practices using nationally-representative data from the National Surveys of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles. Read the full article here.

Self-Harm, Suicide Attempts Climb Among US Girls, Study Says

Attempted suicides, drug overdoses, cutting and other types of self-injury have increased substantially in U.S. girls, a 15-year study of emergency room visits found. Cyberbullying is one of the predicted reasons for the behaviors. Read the full article here.

Teens’ Painkiller Misuse Linked To Dating Violence

Teens who abuse prescription drugs, like opioid painkillers, are prone to initiating or being victims of dating violence, a new study finds. Read full article here.