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10/13/17: 3 Articles You Need to Read This Week

We know you’re busy—that’s why we’re keeping up on the news for you. Here are some of the latest articles that are worth your time. Check back every Friday for more headlines you may have missed. (And don’t forget to take a peek at our brand-new website and let us know what you think!)

 

1. More American teens than ever before are suffering from anxiety

In the past two years, there have been more college students seeking counseling services for help with anxiety than ever before. At the same time, 62 percent of undergraduates in 2016 felt overwhelmed by what they had to do, and in the last 10 years, the amount of teenagers admitted to hospitals for being suicidal has doubled. And in high schools, administrators are seeing a steady increase in anxious students. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety is the most common mental disorder, but because of that, it is often dismissed as less serious. Teens need to be aware that their anxieties are valid, and there is never shame in seeking help.

 

2. Amazon is targeting the teen market

A new feature on Amazon is now allowing Generation Z to have freedom while making purchases, by making a way for 13-to-17-year-olds to have their own login. Teen accounts link to parent accounts on Amazon, and when a teen makes a purchase, a text or email is sent to the parent to make the final decision. This comes at a time when Generation Z, the most media-connected generation, is on a path to lap the previous generation in size and spending power. What do your teens think? Is this change a good way to build positive spending habits?

 

3. IRL community is important for teens

Generation Z is sometimes referred to as iGen, the generation that has grown up surrounded by technology. For iGen teens, connection is often synonymous with screen time and social media, when in reality, these teens often lack in-person community. To combat this, experts suggest it's important for teens to see adults interacting without cellphones, to have "technology-free time," and to engage in activities that don't require technology.

 

 

 

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