Why Teenage Brains Are Different From Everyone Else's

Being a teenager is as infuriating as it is amazing. Caught between childhood and adulthood, adolescents often have fully developed bodies, but their brains are still under construction. Here's what neuroscience is learning about the remarkable teenage brain, and how it affects behavior. » 12/02/13 10:14am 12/02/13 10:14am

'New Adult' Fiction Has Tons of Sexy Sex for the Millennial Reader…

You're, let's say, a young adult floating in that hazy 18-25-year-old range where you may or may not be resisting grown-up responsibilities by playing Arkanoid and drinking Pepsi Max in your parents' basement. Maybe you recently embarked on a month-long project to re-read all the Harry Potter books and thereby… » 12/22/12 3:00pm 12/22/12 3:00pm

Boys in the U.S. May Be Hitting Puberty Earlier and It’s Probably Not a…

A head-scratching new study published Saturday in the Journal of Pediatrics suggests that young men in the United States are budding earlier, much like their female counterparts, which has largely frustrated researchers who always supposed that estrogen-like chemicals in the environment were hastening puberty in… » 10/21/12 3:30pm 10/21/12 3:30pm

Teens Make Up Different Stories About Themselves According to Gender

Teenagers come in two varieties: they are either tellers of colorful tall-tales about having, pssst, sex or doing other awesome things that will make people like them, or disarmingly honest truth-tellers who can't abide bullshit and therefore make all the college-age cousins super-uncomfortable at family get… » 9/06/12 10:00am 9/06/12 10:00am

Bullied Girl Receives Free Plastic Surgery to Pin Her Ears, Is…

Relentless bullying can make even the most strong-willed of kids want to curl up under a down blanket and spend the rest of day thinking about how cool it would be to live in a submarine because fish, at least, seem like pretty reasonable and accepting creatures. Some people (ahem, comedians) develop witty coping… » 7/30/12 10:50am 7/30/12 10:50am

Bullied Girls Are Growing Up to Have Serious Health Problems as Adults

We've long known about all of the shitty effects that being bullied has on a teenager's life in the moment—misery, isolation, and often even an increased risk of suicide. But new research is showing that being tormented or ostracized as a teenager can have effects on a person's health that stretch into middle age and… » 6/28/12 11:00am 6/28/12 11:00am

Why Isn't the Teen Mortality Rate Dropping?

Over the past 50 years, a lot of effort has been put into improving the health and survival of young children around the world, and for the most part it's worked. That's great, but once they make it into their teenage years, they're right back in danger. As if adolescence isn't hard enough on its own, a new report… » 4/25/12 12:10pm 4/25/12 12:10pm

Why Teens Can't Stop Calling Each Other Sluts

In spite of efforts by big names like Lady Gaga and Dan Savage, teens continue to treat each other like shit. And so the great tradition carries on, as it did during my high school career and the high school careers of the women who came before me: bullies' preferred method of making girls feel bad about themselves… » 11/30/11 12:50pm 11/30/11 12:50pm

Now Girls And Boys Are Starting Puberty Earlier

Studies have shown that girls are reaching puberty younger and younger, to the point that Kotex now has a line of maxi pads intended for 8-year-olds. There hasn't been as much discussion of when boys start puberty, perhaps because it doesn't require an awkward trip to buy new undergarments, and is thus less noticeable… » 8/18/11 11:23pm 8/18/11 11:23pm

The Dirty Yearbook: A High-School Rite Of Passage

It's that time of year again: the season of the high school yearbook controversy. And while parents appear shocked by each new drug reference or "inappropriate" quote, doesn't every yearbook get somebody in trouble? » 5/25/10 1:40pm 5/25/10 1:40pm

Boys Will Be Boys?

Ha! If this parent is compelled to consult an advice columnist because her teenage son enjoys "gross and obnoxious jokes", what is she going to do when she finds the Playboys under his pillow? [Star-Tribune] » 4/21/09 9:40am 4/21/09 9:40am

“It's Fun To Be Seventeen", Unless, Of Course, You're Seventeen

It's been a while since I've read Seventeen, but I assumed not much would have changed. Through the ages, teen girls have always needed the magazine to rehash the same stories about which jeans look best on "curvy" figures and assuage their fears about vaginal odor. But this wise "older sister" has turned abusive of… » 7/11/08 1:00pm 7/11/08 1:00pm

Why You Should Lie To Your Kids About Everything You Did In High School

When I was sixteen, my mom confessed to me she'd had PREMARITAL SEX. Why I had not assumed she'd had premarital sex when I knew both that she had dated my dad for seven years before they got married and that they still, judging from the Price Club value pack of Trojans underneath the hairdryer in her bathroom, were » 5/05/08 2:20pm 5/05/08 2:20pm

What Separates The Bullies From The Bullied?

Why do kids get singled out for torment? The New York Times explores the topic today in its profile of Arkansas bully magnet Billy Wolfe. And It's really odd, because the kid looks so normal: no physical imperfections to speak of...clear skin...DC cap. "Maybe because he was so tall, or wore glasses then, or has a… » 3/24/08 3:00pm 3/24/08 3:00pm

High School Confidential: A Reality Show That Keeps It Real

High School Confidential, a new miniseries premiering on the WE Network tonight at 9, promises to document the myriad of issues facing today's teenage girls: Pregnancy, anorexia, divorce, even death. What separates this series from similar documentaries is that it follows a specific group of girls (in suburban Kansas)… » 3/10/08 5:30pm 3/10/08 5:30pm

Do Teen Magazines Teach Girls To Hate Their Bodies?

UK papers Telegraph and Guardian both published findings from a report by Women In Journalism — namely, that websites of magazines for teenage girls are urging the girls to upload photographs of themselves and post ratings of their bodies, much as the "lad mag" sites do. While the teen sites don't exactly approach … » 9/19/07 11:00am 9/19/07 11:00am