June 22, 2012
HomeWord's Culture Brief is provided to help parents and ministry leaders stay current with today’s youth culture.
Google Hot Internet Searches - 6/22/12
1. ann curry
2. college board
3. summer solstice
4. nba finals
5. kate upton
6. k michelle
7. roger clemens
9. multiple sclerosis
Top 10 U.S. Websites - 6/22/12
iTunes Top 10 Singles - 6/22/12
1. Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen
2. Wide Awake - Katy Perry
3. Somebody That I Used to Know - Gotye
4. Payphone - Maroon 5
5. Lights - Ellie Goulding
6. Titanium (feat. Sia) - David Guetta & Sia
7. Scream - Usher
8. One More Night - Maroon 5
9. Back In Time - Pitbull
10. Where Have You Been - Rhianna
Source: Apple iTunes
Top 10 TV Shows in Prime Time - Week Ending 6/22/12
1. NBA Finals on ABC - Game 2
2. NBA Finals on ABC - Game 1
3. NBA Finals on ABC - Game 3
4. America's Got Talent - Tuesday
5. Hells Kitchen - Monday
6. Master Chef - Monday
8. So You Think You Can Dance
10. Kia NBA Countdown - Game 1
Source: Nielsen Co
Top 5 Most Viewed Videos on YouTube - This Week - 6/22/12
1. Katy Perry Wide Awake - KatyPerryVevo
2. Surface by Microsoft - surface
3. CRJ Fanvideo - wzr0713
4. Jimmy Kimmel Lie Detective #1 - Jimmy Kimmel Live
5. Ice Cream Truck Fight - RayWilliamJohnson
Top 5 Movies - Week Ending 6/22/12
1. Madagascar 3
3. Rock of Ages
4. That's My Boy
5. Snow White and the Huntsman
Persistence is Learned from Fathers
A new study published in the Journal of Early Adolescence found that dads are in a unique position to instill persistence and hope in their children, particularly in the pre-teen and teen years. Researchers from Brigham Young University found that fathers who practiced authoritative parenting, defined as providing feelings of love, granting autonomy and emphasizing accountability to a child, were more likely to have kids who developed the art of persistence, which led to better outcomes in school and lower instances of misbehavior. Dads who ruled with an iron fist and an authoritarian style (harsher and more punishment-based parenting) had less persistent children. Researchers said the study joins a growing body of research that suggests fathers are uniquely important to children's self-regulation and self-esteem.
Source: ABC News
How Much Will College Cost?
Answer: A lot! The price of attending college is rising at a fast rate. Here's a look at estimated tuition costs for students beginning college in 5, 10 and 18 years from now.
Starting College in 5 Years:
4 Year Public School - in State - $81,000.
4 Year Public School - Out of State - $118,000
4 Year Private School - $174,000
Starting College in 10 Years:
4 Year Public School - in State - $114,000.
4 Year Public School - Out of State - $166,000
4 Year Private School - $245,000
Starting College in 18 Years:
4 Year Public School - in State - $195,000.
4 Year Public School - Out of State - $285,000
4 Year Private School - $420,000
Kids: Now More Expensive Than Ever
A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture finds the cost of raising kids from birth to age 17 has increased by $8,000 in the last two years. This brings the total to a whopping $235,000 for middle-income Americans. In calculating the cost of raising kids, the USDA considers expenses for everything from housing and food (the two biggest expenses) to education, health care, clothing, transportation, and so on. The estimates for this year are 3.5% higher than those from last year, mainly due to increases in the costs of gas, food, education and child care. Because the USDA focuses only on the expenses up to age 17, their estimates leave out one gigantic contributor to the cost of raising kids: college education.