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Study: People Separated From iPhones Suffer Psychological Effects

January 19th, 2015
A new study finds that people separated from their iPhones could suffer serious psychological and physiological effects. A study done by researchers from the University of Missouri found that users who were unable to answer their ringing iPhones while solving simple word search puzzles saw increases in their heart rates and blood pressure, while dealing with anxiety and unpleasantness. Researchers also found that the subjects’ performance decreased compared to those who had their iPhones in possession with them while completing similar...
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The 17 Biggest Surprises In This Year’s Oscar Nominations

January 19th, 2015
BuzzFeed's take on this year's Oscar nominations. Read more
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Seven Most Interesting Lies from Bad Church Statistics

January 19th, 2015
I recently took a survey that made this amazing claim: “Given that over 95% of people in the U.S. under the age of 33 don’t attend church, to what degree do you think churches should….?” Really? That statistic is certainly not true, but how did it get out there? The most common path starts when a respected speaker makes a specific-instance statement like “last year was our worst ever, as only 6% of churches in our denomination grew at a pace faster than their community’s population growth rate.” Someone generalizes it as...
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A Teenager’s View on Social Media

January 19th, 2015
I read technology articles quite often and see plenty of authors attempt to dissect or describe the teenage audience, especially in regards to social media. However, I have yet to see a teenager contribute their voice to this discussion. This is where I would like to provide my own humble opinion. For transparency, I am a 19-year-old male attending The University of Texas at Austin. I am extremely interested in social media’s role in our society as well as how it is currently evolving. Thus, the views I provide here are my own, but do...
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TobyMac Releases New Song 'Beyond Me' to Radio

January 6th, 2015
Christian music pioneer TobyMac debuted a new song the last few days of his Worship, Stories, & Songs Tour called "Beyond Me," and the song has made its way to radio. Read more
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Teens Are Exploring Privacy Practices Outside The Frame Of Technology

January 6th, 2015
I don’t actually believe that teens shape online trends. They are often early adopters when social technologies are involved, in part because they are desperate to connect to their friends outside of the purview of their parents. As such, they jump to the next thing in the hopes that their parents won’t follow. Everything’s going to images and video, but that shouldn’t be surprising to anyone who’s been watching Instagram, YouTube, Vine, and Snapchat (not to mention 4chan and imgur). Read more
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5 Apps That Every Youth Pastor Needs

January 6th, 2015
There are some essential apps that all youth pastors should have. Every time I go to a conference I like to see what other apps youth pastors are using. There are awesome apps out there, the only problem is how can you find all the apps? According to Apple, there are 1.3 million apps in the app store. That is staggering. Here are some apps that I love, and that I use daily. Read more
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