Tag Archives: teenagers

feed the brain

really interesting article about a new program out of duke university to help teenagers make the most of their brains. it’s totally in line with the stuff i’ve been reading (and writing about on this blog) for a couple years, about adolescent brain development. in fact, when i asked an adolescent brain specialist, at our junior high pastors summit a couple years ago, how we can help teenagers develop their brain capacity, he listed three things: lots of sleep, good diet and exercise, and living with the consequences of their choices. the “learn now what you want to remember for the rest of your life” point also confirms what i’ve been reading and talking about in terms of “hard wiring” the brain in the years following the onset of puberty, when the pre-pubescent proliferation of neuron development switches into reverse, and begins a winnowing process based on a “use it or lose it” principle.

this would be a good article to pass along to teenagers, and/or to parents:

7 Ways to Learn More Without More Study

(here are the 7 points — but you’ll need to click through to see what the article says about them.)

1. Get to bed and go to sleep.

2. Start studying a few days in advance of a test.

3. Feed your head.

4. Body exercise is brain exercise.

5. Learn now what you want to remember for the rest of your life.

6. Harness the power of risk-taking.

7. Learn what you love.

(ht to heidi turner)

class of 2012

this has been floating around the ‘net (including the youth ministry blogosphere) for a week or two now, and i’ve had it in my saved folder. might as well post it, for those few who haven’t seen it yet: every year, beloit college publishes a (somewhat silly) “mindset list” of the incoming freshman class. this year’s list is interesting, as it so clearly shows how older teenagers have grown up in a completely online and virtually connected world.

here’s the link to the complete list.

in the preliminary paragraphs, they note that some things haven’t changed much:

Most of [these college freshmen] will be about 18 years old, born in 1990 when headlines sounded oddly familiar to those of today: Rising fuel costs were causing airlines to cut staff and flight schedules; Big Three car companies were facing declining sales and profits; and a president named Bush was increasing the number of troops in the Middle East in the hopes of securing peace.

but, they go on to note how much has changed:

The class of 2012 has grown up in an era where computers and rapid communication are the norm, and colleges no longer trumpet the fact that residence halls are “wired” and equipped with the latest hardware. These students will hardly recognize the availability of telephones in their rooms since they have seldom utilized landlines during their adolescence. They will continue to live on their cell phones and communicate via texting. Roommates, few of whom have ever shared a bedroom, have already checked out each other on Facebook where they have shared their most personal thoughts with the whole world.

It is a multicultural, politically correct and “green” generation that has hardly noticed the threats to their privacy and has never feared the Russians and the Warsaw Pact.

a few nuggets from the list of 60 items:

– Since they were in diapers, karaoke machines have been annoying people at parties.

– GPS satellite navigation systems have always been available.

– WWW has never stood for World Wide Wrestling.

– IBM has never made typewriters.

– There has always been Pearl Jam.

– Caller ID has always been available on phones.

(ht to ypulse)

new research on teen preferences, 5 of 5

ypulse had a great summary the other day of some new research about teen preferences in a bunch of areas. i’ll break it into 5 posts. last up: Retail And Shopping

– During a typical month teens spend an average of $135 across nine product categories

– Nearly half of their spending goes towards clothing and accessories

– For 16 and 17 year-old teens who have a part-time job (minimum of 5 hours per week), their spending across the same nine categories jumps sharply to $264 a month, just about double the average among all teens and about 45% higher than the average for all 16 and 17 year-olds

– For tweens, it’s all about candy, gum and games

– The most visited specialty clothing retailer among teen females is Victoria’s Secret followed closely by Hollister

– Teen males visit American Eagle Outfitters more often than any other specialty retailer followed by Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister

– Old Navy, for both tween boys and girls, remains the most shopped at specialty clothing retailer by a considerable margin…well ahead of second place The Gap and third place Aeropostale by about 17 share points

new research on teen preferences, 4 of 5

ypulse had a great summary the other day of some new research about teen preferences in a bunch of areas. i’ll break it into 5 posts. fourth up: Entertainment & Pop Culture

– During a typical month teens see an average of 1.8 movies (in a movie theater)

– Tweens see an an average of 1.3

– Tween attendance is consistent with a year ago, while the average number of movies teens see in a typical month has increased slightly from 1.5 movies a year ago

– Most appealing move genres for teens – action/adventure titles followed by comedies

– Tweens prefer comedies followed by animated features, action/adventure

– For the third straight year, “Pirates of the Caribbean” star Johnny Depp retains the title as the most popular Hollywood celebrity among teen and tween females

– Funny man Adam Sandler is tops among the boys followed closely by the two Will’s–Will Smith and Will Ferrell

– The most popular female celebrity among teen girls? Miley Cyrus, followed by Reese Witherspoon, Keira Knightley and Amanda Bynes

– The top female celeb among teen boys is Jessica Alba for the second straight year followed by Miley Cyrus, Ashley Tisdale, and Alicia Keys

new research on teen preferences, 3 of 5

ypulse had a great summary the other day of some new research about teen preferences in a bunch of areas. i’ll break it into 5 posts. third up: What they think is cool…or hot

– Almost all teens (96%) said text messaging is hot right now

– 91% of teens said Apple iPods were hot right now

– 70% of teens said the Wii was hot right now up from 54% last year and only 21% 18 months ago

– The iPhone came in at 75% to land in the fourth spot on the hot list

– The hottest thing for tweens right now are Apple iPods (92%) followed by the Wii (81%) the DS or DS Lite (77%), downloading music (also 77%) and caring about the environment (71%)

new research on teen preferences, 2 of 5

ypulse had a great summary the other day of some new research about teen preferences in a bunch of areas. i’ll break it into 5 posts. second up: Internet

– Teens spend 12.5 hours online while tweens spend only 6.4 hours (typical week during school year)

– Teens have grown tired of MySpace and have moved on to Facebook in the past six months

– Only a couple of virtual worlds are on tweens’ radars

– The top sites tweens visit — Webkinz among both tween boys and tween girls. Neopets, owned by Viacom’s interactive unit as well as Nick.com

– Club Penguin remains in third place for tween girls and dropped from 11th place to 13th place for tween boys since last summer

– AddictingGames is fast becoming the top casual gaming site among all youth, not just the kids and teens

new research about teen preferences, 1 of 5

ypulse had a great summary the other day of some new research about teen preferences in a bunch of areas. i’ll break it into 5 posts. first up: TV

– TV consumption among teens is up slightly to an average of 11.9 hours a week

– Teen boys watch more television than teen girls averaging about an hour and a half more (13.2 hours a week)

– For tweens (8 to 11), the average amount of television consumed during a typical week is 12.2 hours with tween boys watching about 14.5 hours. (during the school year)

– Three of teen guys’ top five favorites are animated led by “Family Guy” followed by “The Simpsons” and “South Park”

– “The Office” moved up nine slots to the third most popular show among all teen males

– Biggest mover for teen girls: “ABC Family’s Greek,” which came in tied for eighth

– For tween viewers, “American Idol” is no longer number one. “Hannah Montana” is while Idol dropped about 15 points

– For tween girls, ABC’s Dancing With The Stars moved up four notches to land in the fifth spot.

– For tween boys (8 to 11), it’s all about “SpongeBob” and “Zack & Cody.” The biggest mover was the ABC comedy “The George Lopez Show,” which shot up 10 spots to secure the seventh spot