Sep 5, 2018
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.
Sep 2, 2018
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.
Sep 2, 2018
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.
Aug 29, 2018
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.
Aug 29, 2018
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.
Aug 26, 2018
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.
Aug 22, 2018
Let’s Talk About Health
Hope lab breaks down the digital health practices of young adults and teens. Read the full article here.
Aug 19, 2018
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.
Aug 16, 2018
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.
Aug 15, 2018
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.
Aug 13, 2018
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.
Aug 11, 2018
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.
Aug 10, 2018
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.
Aug 8, 2018
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.
Aug 5, 2018
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.
Aug 2, 2018
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.
Jul 30, 2018
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.
Jul 20, 2018
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.
Jul 15, 2018
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.
Jul 12, 2018
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.
Jul 9, 2018
Teen Health and Selfies
Healthline shares research on the adverse health effects of selfies on teenagers. Read the full article here.
Jul 6, 2018
Teens, Social Media & Technology 2018
Jul 2, 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.
Jun 30, 2018
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.
Jun 28, 2018
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.
Jun 26, 2018
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.
Jun 23, 2018
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.
Jun 12, 2018
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.
Jun 10, 2018
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.
Jun 7, 2018
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.
Jun 4, 2018
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.
Jun 1, 2018
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.
May 12, 2018
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.
May 2, 2018
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.
Apr 29, 2018
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.
Apr 26, 2018
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.
Apr 25, 2018
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.
Apr 23, 2018
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.
Apr 20, 2018
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.
Apr 17, 2018
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.
Apr 14, 2018
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.
Apr 9, 2018
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.
Apr 9, 2018
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.
Apr 6, 2018
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.
Apr 2, 2018
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.
Mar 30, 2018
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.
Mar 28, 2018
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.
Mar 25, 2018
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.
Mar 20, 2018
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.
Mar 17, 2018
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.
Mar 14, 2018
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.
Mar 11, 2018
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.
Mar 8, 2018
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.
Mar 5, 2018
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.
Mar 2, 2018
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.
Feb 28, 2018
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.
Feb 25, 2018
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.
Feb 22, 2018
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.
Feb 20, 2018
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.
Feb 15, 2018
Atheism Doubles Among Generation Z
Generation Z is officially the first truly “post-Christian” generation. Read full article here.
Feb 12, 2018
Fewer Americans Choose Marriage
An interesting Valentines Day message is common this year: fewer people are getting married. Read the full article here.
Feb 10, 2018
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.
Feb 6, 2018
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.
Feb 3, 2018
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.
Jan 19, 2018
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.
Jan 17, 2018
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.
Jan 15, 2018
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.
Jan 13, 2018
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.
Jan 11, 2018
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.
Jan 7, 2018
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.
Jan 3, 2018
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.
Dec 2, 2017
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.
Nov 29, 2017
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.
Nov 27, 2017
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.
Nov 25, 2017
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.
Nov 18, 2017
How Do Thinspiration Posts on Social Media Affect Mental Health?
A recent study investigates social media posts on body ideals such as the thinspiration trend to determine how they affect mental health in youth. Read the full article here.
Nov 16, 2017
Sexual Harassment of Any Type Can Cause Psychological Damage
Any form of sexual harassment, whether verbal or physical, has the power to cause psychological harm, according to a new study. Read the full article here.
Nov 10, 2017
Teen Dating and Sex Hit Record Lows for Recent Decades
According to Psychology Today, the number of teens dating and having sex are at record lows. Read the full article here.
Nov 8, 2017
Alcoholic Parent May Sow Seeds For Teen Dating Violence
Having an alcoholic parent may increase the risk that a teen will commit dating violence, researchers say. Read the full article here.
Nov 5, 2017
More Americans Are Turning To Multiple Social Media Sites For News
According to a new poll by the Pew Research Center, more and more Americans are turning to social media for their news. Read the full article here.
Oct 31, 2017
Today’s Teens Are Dating & Having Sex At A Later Age
Research shows that teens are dating and having sex later than any generation of teens since the 70’s. Read the full article here.
Oct 29, 2017
One In Four Girls Have Depression By The Time They Hit 14, Study Reveals
Data from government-funded research prompts fresh questions about effect of social media and school stresses on young people’s mental health. Read full article here.
Oct 27, 2017
Study Shows 88% of Popular Porn Videos Contain Violence
Fight The New Drug Shares a study revealing 88% of popular porn videos contain violence. Read the full article here.
Oct 26, 2017
First Evidence That Online Dating Is Changing the Nature of Society
Evidence is emerging that online dating is changing patterns in interracial marriage and the stability of marriage itself. Read the full article here.
Oct 23, 2017
Almost Half Of Singletons Have Never Asked Someone On A Date To Their Face
Research shows almost half of single individuals haven’t asked someone out in person. Read the full article here.
Oct 20, 2017
New California Law Designed To Educate Students Regarding Dating Abuse
Middle and high school students in California public schools will receive education on how to spot the early warning signs of abusive relationships. Read the full article here.
Oct 17, 2017
1 In 4 Men Would Consider Having Sex With A Robot
A yougov poll shows that 1 in 4 men would consider having sex with a robot… 49% of Americans also believe that robot sex will be commonplace within 50 years. Read the full article here.
Oct 13, 2017
This Is How Online Dating Has Changed The Very Fabric of Society
“Digital match-making services have done more than just change how we find our perfect squeeze; they’re changing the fundamental nature of our social networks.” Read the full article here.
Oct 11, 2017
How Much Time Do People Spend On Social Media: An Infographic
Social media today shares a helpful infographic addressing time spent on social media. See the article and infographic here.
Oct 9, 2017
Poor Body Image Makes Girls Less Assertive And Risks Health, Study Finds
A survey conducted by Edelman Intelligence discovered that majority of girls with low body esteem will skip meals and avoid seeing friends and family, participating in extra-curricular activities or seeing a doctor. Read the full article here.
Oct 7, 2017
Study Discovers Powerful Link Between Porn And Sexual Violence
Fight The New Drug shares research pointing to a powerful link between porn and sexual violence. Read the full article here.
Sep 26, 2017
White Christians Are Now A Minority In America
According to new research, religion and faith among white Americans is steadily declining. Read the full article here.
Sep 23, 2017
Is Technology Killing Love?
According to new research, people born after 1995 are much less interested in dating than the generation before them. Read the full article here.
Sep 21, 2017
5 Ways Porn Can Harm Your Brain, Body, And Quality Of Life
Anti-porn organization Fight The New Drug shares 5 ways that porn harms you. Read the full article here.
Sep 18, 2017
Nomophobia: Smartphone Separation Anxiety
Scientists from City University of Hong Kong and the Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul have discovered that we view our phones as an extension of ourselves, and we can begin to experience separation anxiety with our phones. Read the full article here.
Sep 15, 2017
Just One Image Can Warp Your Beauty Standards
A new study shows just one image can change your ideal body type and standards. Read the full article here.
Sep 13, 2017
For Teens, Research Finds Social Media A Big Problem
Pete Mazzaccaro talks about smartphones and social media, and discusses their effect on teenagers. Read the full article here.
Sep 10, 2017
Your Perceptions Of Body Image Can Change When You Look At Photos Of Slim Women For Just 15 Minutes
Consistently using apps like Instagram can cause body image issues in teens and adults alike. A swiss study shows how looking at photos of slim women for just 15 minutes changes our perception of what the “ideal body” is. Read the full article here.
Sep 7, 2017
‘Cheap Sex’ Is Making Men Give Up On Marriage
Larry Getlen shares information from sociologist Mark Regnerus’ most recent book about how “cheap sex” is causing a lot of men to give up on the idea of marriage. Read the full article here.
Aug 21, 2017
From Dating To Sexting: The Stats Behind Technology’s Effect On Love Life
Ben Allen from The Sociable shares some statistics about dating and technology, and how it looks different today than in previous generations. Read the full article here.