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Should the legal drinking age in the U.S. be above 21?

alcohol legal age A hoax news website that allows users to post fake news and share it on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook recently had a rumor circulating online that read: “As of August 2, 2014, the legal age to drink alcohol will be 25. There has been controversy whether 21 is too young to make decisions. A lot of citizens state at that age, they are not mentally responsible to drink. The legislation at the White House has come to an agreement to have the legal age changed to 25.” Thousands of citizens fell for this rumor leading to a…

Development of cyber bullying in the digital age

adolescent teen cyber bullying Bullying is a social evil that happens in various schools across the United States. The outcome of bullying is very serious in which “the victim” or “the target” can even take away his or her own life. Bullycide is the term coined to describe suicides that result from bullying. In the recent past, schools and many social agencies have launched anti-bullying campaigns to raise awareness about the social and psychological scar that bullying leaves on the mind of a young person. The lawmakers of the nation have also taken this matter very seriously and at least 49 States in the…

Study suggests journalists are at a higher risk for developing PTSD

increased risk ptsd newsroom journalists A new study has shown that newsroom journalists working with images of traumatic events and extreme violence, things that are regularly submitted to newsrooms, are at a higher risk of developing psychological disturbances such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study was recently published in the journal JRSM Open (Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine) and reveals that journalists working with user generated content (UGC) or ‘live’ material, which exposes them to frequent, repetitive viewing of graphic violence and traumatic images, have an increased risk of developing symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD and increased alcohol consumption. User generated content…

Increase of club drugs among teens

teens adolecents club drugs ‘Rave’ parties have become an increasingly popular phenomenon among teens and younger adults in the U.S. At raves, adolescents are exposed to the rampant use of club drugs. Most of these drugs are synthetic or semi-synthetic in origin and can have serious health implications. What are club drugs? Club drugs are a collective term used to describe the psychoactive drugs that are popularly abused by teens and adolescents. These drugs are found at bars, nightclubs, concerts and rave parties. Common club drugs include gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), ketamine, lysergic acid diethylamideas (LSD), methylenedioxymeth amphetamine (MDMA or ecstasy) and methamphetamine.…
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