Teens See Anxiety And Depression As A Major Problem

There’s a lot of things to worry about when you’re a parent of teenagers, and while many will worry they’ll get mixed up with drugs or alcohol, a new poll reveals parents should actually be worrying about something else entirely.

A new Pew Research poll finds teens themselves seem to be most worried about anxiety and depression amongst their fellow teens. In fact, 70% of teens say anxiety and depression is a major problem, which is way more than those who consider bullying (55%), drug addiction (51%), or drinking alcohol (45%) a major issue.

So, what are kids stressed out about? Well, getting good grades is a huge issue for 61% of those polled, but there’s plenty of pressure that doesn’t have anything to do with academics. Overall, 29% say they feel pressure to look good, and 28% feel pressure to fit in socially. Interestingly, only 4% say they feel pressure to use drugs, while 6% feel pressure to drink alcohol.

Of course, gender does play a roll in what pressures teens are dealing with. While both boys and girls do feel about the same pressure to get good grades, girls are more likely to feel pressure to look good than boys (35% vs. 23%), plus 36% of girls say they often feel nervous about their day, as compared to only 23% of boys. 

  • And while some parents may think their teens don’t have any goals in their life, the opposite is actually true. The poll finds that 63% of teens have a goal to get a job or career the enjoy (63%), while 42% of teens say being able to help others in need when they grow up is extremely important to them. On a personal level, only 47% of teens rate getting married as extremely or very important, while 39% say having kids is, as well.

Source:Pew Research

Marie Kondo’s Netflix special “Tidying Up” seems to be a huge hit, and apparently a lot of people must be following her tips for de-cluttering their homes. In fact, so many people are getting rid of things that don’t spark joy that since January, when the show debuted, Goodwill has reportedly been seeing a spike in donations. 

“We know that a number of our community-based Goodwill organizations have seen a year-over-year spike in donations in January that they attribute to Marie Kondo’s show,”Lauren Lawson-Zilai, a representative for Goodwill, shares. “We are seeing a steady buzz about the show on social media channels across the Goodwill network, and we thoroughly embrace the philosophy of reorganizing your closets and reusing your household goods!”

With 161 independent Goodwill branches, Lawson-Zilai doesn’t have overall official numbers, but it seems Houston saw a 22% increase in January, while other cities reporting spikes include Roanoke, Virginia, (20%), Washington D.C. (30%), and Grand Rapids, Michigan (16%). Tampa’s Goodwill says they’ve seen a 3% increase in donations, which translated to five million pounds of clothes, furniture and more in the month of January.


Any fan of “The Big Ban Theory” knows that Sheldon is a big fan of contracts, and even created a relationship agreement when he started dating his future-wife Amy. Well, apparently relationship agreements are no longer for just sitcoms anymore. 

According to a new report, more and more people are signing relationship agreements, a.k.a. dating pre-nups, which lay out a variety of relationship rules. Those rules could be anything from sex goals, quantity of date nights, who's responsible for what cleaning, non-negotiable quirks, and even what they can listen to in the morning.

While this may sound a bit crazy, some therapists say such contracts could be a good thing, as long as they are done carefully. “A long laundry list of annoyances in the form of contractual obligations is not going to fix the relationship,”Jean Fitzpatrick, a marriage counselor, says, noting that the pre-nups she deals with are more about ongoing conflicts, and not necessarily chores.

One benefit of such contracts is they could give folks an early heads up that things won’t work out. In fact, 37-year-old New YorkerAmy Chansaid when she and a partner couldn’t agree on terms for their contract it was a signal to her to end the relationship.

  • Of course, some people think such contracts are taking all the romance out of a relationship. “Usually, these things come up organically . . . after the honeymoon phase,” one person shares. “[If a woman] brought up the topic of a contract . . . I’d be scared.”

Source:New York Post

Kids who lose their teeth aren’t raking in the dough the way they used to. According The Original Tooth Fairy Poll conducted by Delta Dental, for the second year in a row the Tooth Fairy has been tightening its belt, with kids getting an average of $3.70 per tooth in 2018, down 43-cents from last year. 

Of course, that’s just the national average, with some parents saying the Tooth Fairy has actually been quite generous. In fact, 37% of parent say they give their child at least $5 or more. And if it’s a first tooth, well, that brings more dough too, with the average amount for a first tooth being $4.96, $1.26 over the average lost tooth.

And a child’s gift does vary depending on location. It seems the Tooth Fairy is most generous in the West, paying an average of $4.19 which is actually 66-cents less than last year, followed by the South at $3.91 cents a tooth, the Northeast at $3.75 a tooth and the Midwest, at $2.97 a tooth. 


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