May 11, 2012
HomeWord's Culture Brief is provided to help parents and ministry leaders stay current with today’s youth culture.
Google Hot Internet Searches - 5/11/12
1. time magazine cover
2. chris anderson
3. mitt romney bully
4. bristol palin
5. flesh eating bacteria
7. josh beckett
9. necrotizing fasciitis
10. vikings stadium
Top 10 U.S. Websites - 5/11/12
iTunes Top 10 Singles - 5/11/12
1. Somebody That I Used to Know - Gotye
2. Payphone - Maroon 5
3. Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen
4. Boyfriend - Justin Bieber
5. Wild Ones (feat. Sia) - Flo Rida
6. We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monae) - Fun
7. What Makes You Beautiful - One Direction
8. No Lie (feat. Drake) - 2 Chainz
9. Starships - Nicki Minaj
10. Where Have You Been - Rhianna
Source: Apple iTunes
Top 10 TV Shows in Prime Time - Week Ending 5/11/12
1. Big Bang Theory
2. American Idol - Wednesday
3. Modern Family
4. American Idol - Thursday
5. Two and a Half Men
6. Two Broke Girls
7. The Voice
8. Grey's Anatomy
9. How I Met Your Mother
10. Mike & Molly
Source: Nielsen Co
Top 5 Most Viewed Videos on YouTube - This Week - 5/11/12
1. Secret Garden Versailles
2. Magic Keyboard
3. Edecan De Debate Presindencial 2012
4. Capital Metro Bus Hit By A Nick
5. Happy Cinco de Mayo
Top 5 Movies - Week Ending 5/11/12
1. The Avengers
2. Think Like A Man
3. The Hunger Games
4. The Lucky One
5. The Five-Year Engagement
Teen Passengers Raise Risk of Fatal Accidents for Novice Drivers
A new study by AAA finds teens who drive with friends in the car are at significantly greater risk for fatal accidents. The study found that the risk of 16- and 17-year-old drivers being killed in a crach increases with each additional passenger under the age of 21.
The study's findings note the fatality risk:
• Increases 44% when carrying one passenger younger than 21.
• Doubles when carrying two passengers younger than 21.
• Quadruples when carrying three or more passengers younger than 21.
• Decreases by 62% when carrying at least one passenger age 35 or older.
Source: USA Today
Teen Sex: Most Girls Don't
The majority of girls in the United States do not have sex before the age of 19, a change from earlier years, a new report shows. Between 2006 and 2010, about 57 percent of girls ages 15 to 19 said they had never had sex, an increase from 49 percent in 1995, according to the report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, those who are having sex are increasingly using highly effective methods of contraception. The report said that 60 percent of sexually active girls ages 15 to 19 said they used contraception methods such as an intrauterine device, the pill, a patch, ring or injectable contraception — an increase from 47 percent who said the same in 1995. Younger teens were less likely to have had sex: 73 percent of girls ages 15 to 17 reported never having had sex, compared with 36 percent of girls ages 18 and 19, the report said.
Most Parents Paying to Help Young Adults
A new study finds that more than 60% of today's young adults have received financial help from their parents. Among the 62% of young adults getting parents' help, the average amount was $12,185, says lead author Patrick Wightman of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Children who parents said were cheerful, self-reliant and got along well with others before age 12 were more likely to receive financial gifts or loans as young adults, Wightman says. And in families with more than one child, "if they perceive one of those kids to have a better attitude or to be more self-reliant, that kid has higher odds of receiving this type of support," he says. About 42% of parents help adult children pay their bills, 35% help with college tuition, 23% help with vehicle expenses, and 22% help with rent away from home, researchers found.
Source: USA Today