This is the presentation I used in the webinar I gave for the fine people of the EU-CONEXUS-project. In this talk, I discuss the fake, lesser important, and the real crises young people experience today.
Even when there is no coronavirus doing the rounds, life can be quite stressful for teens. What does he or she think about me? A new study suggests that sleep can help. From the press release: A new Michigan State University study found that a good night’s sleep does adolescents good – beyond helping them… Read More Adequate sleep can help teens navigate challenging social situations
When I speak to parents and teachers about texting, things often get awkward soon. They all know the situations of teenagers sharing nude pictures with each other while e.g. in a relation, but things go wrong when those pictures are shared beyond that relation. Many adults will say ‘just don’t sext’, but that doesn’t seem… Read More Is it time to teach teens ‘safe’ sexting?
There are new results from the WHO about the physical activity of teens and while boys seem to improve slightly, girls don’t and both of them don’t exercise enougH. From the press release: The first ever global trends for adolescent insufficient physical activity show that urgent action is needed to increase physical activity levels in… Read More WHO-study: Physical activity trends show slight improvement for boys, none for girls
It’s an often repeated claim, but it seems hard to proof: our smartphones seem not to be the reason some of our children feel worse. From the press release: A new study, published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, suggests that the time adolescents are spending on their phones and online is not that bad.… Read More Maybe it’s not the smartphone: study of 400 teens finds little evidence linking excessive smartphone use and mental health outcomes
So some people in high places have repeated the claim that violence games cause violence. But what does the research say? Well, the answer is less clear cut than one might think. Studies range from A 2015 APA-review did find a link between violence and video games, but did not find a link with criminal… Read More Video games and violence, what does the research say?
It’s something often overlooked but what can be found in many countries: young people are drinking less alcohol. But a news study shows that young people in England aren’t just drinking less alcohol, more of them are never taking up alcohol at all, and that the increase is widespread among young people. From the press… Read More Again: more young people are choosing not to drink alcohol
Remember this magazine cover? Looks pretty similar to this cover from 1976: Or this one from 1985? Or do you remember this picture? Yeah, I debunked this story already here but these pictures suit the image of the egocentric, smartphone obsesses youth, and for sure this selfie-taking generation will be more narcissistic for sure? Well… no.… Read More The present generation students is… slightly less narcissistic
The worst thing Marc Zuckerberg ever did is calling connections on Facebook ‘friends’, but still that doesn’t mean friendship doesn’t exist online or doesn’t mean a thing. Many parents worry about how much time teenagers spend texting, sharing selfies and engaging in other online activities with their friends. However, according to a recent research synthesis, many… Read More The meaning and qualities of friendship offline and online
This new paper at first surprised me – we know the average age of the menarche has become younger the past century – and didn’t surprise me – we are on average longer ‘young’ as we seem to wait longer to become an adult. So, for me it seems to depend on how you define… Read More Surprising or not? Teens are growing up more slowly today than they did in past decades