Life as a Teenager in 1994, 2014, and 2034 – What a difference a generation makes! – Part One

Futurist Thomas Frey: How quickly we forget. Events of 20 years ago seem like a distant memory, but 1994 was the year when Nelson Mandela was elected President of South Africa, O.J. Simpson was arrested for killing his wife, huge massacres were happening in Rwanda and Sarajevo, and China got its first connection to the Internet.

 

 

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Teenagers prefer smartphones to cars

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Getting a smartphone has been a rite of passage for many teens.

There are a lot of problems the auto industry has to worry about.  They have to worry about pensions and health care costs for their employees.  They also have to worry about recalls and the rising cost of gas.  But there is something else that automakers should be concerned about.

 

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Growing Acceptance Among Teens To Out of Wedlock Pregnancy

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Teens more accepting of having a baby outside of marriage.

Among teens in the USA, the percentage who have had sexual intercourse or say they’d be pleased if they or their partner were to get pregnant hasn’t changed much since early in the decade, and there appears to be a growing acceptance of having babies outside marriage, a government report said Wednesday.From 1995 to 2002, “it was pretty much across-the-board improvements in those risk factors,” says lead author Joyce Abma, a statistician at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. “It is a source of concern to see that forward movement kind of stalling.”

 

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Teenagers Find it Difficult to Concentrate Because Their Brains Are Undeveloped

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Teens and young adults brains similar to much younger children.

New research from the UK has found that teenagers and young adults find it hard to concentrate because their brains are more similar to those of much younger children than those of mature adults, with more grey matter but lower efficiency. The findings suggest the brain is not fully developed until people reach their late twenties or even early thirties, which is much later than previously thought.

 

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Teenager Invents Inexpensive Solar Panel Made From Human Hair

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The New Hairy Solar Panel

A new type of solar panel using human hair could provide the world with cheap, green electricity, believes its teenage inventor.

Milan Karki, 18, who comes from a village in rural Nepal, believes he has found the solution to the developing world’s energy needs.

The young inventor says hair is easy to use as a conductor in solar panels and could revolutionise renewable energy.

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Smartphones To Text Obese Kids Thin

Cell Phones To Text Obese Kids Thin

Doctors are using mobile technology to detect lethargy in overweight teenagers, and prompt them to exercise

Technology gets the blame for a lot of health problems: cars make you lazy, video games make you violent and MP3 players make you deaf. Now researchers at the University of Southern California are hoping to prove that mobile phones, at least, can have a positive effect. They plan to connect 50 obese teenagers to a battery of sensors and use mobiles to text the kids thin.

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SATY MP3 Player Also A Breathalyzer And Mosquito Repellant

SATY MP3 Player Also A Breathalyzer And Mosquito Repellant 

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CES has big, fancy products like the new Palm OS, and then they have stuff like this. In a little pod in the Sands, a Chinese company called SATY is showing this rather blocky music and video player with some unusual features. It’s got a flashlight. It’s got a radio. It’s got a mosquito repeller (which just means it plays a really high-pitched tone, so it’s probably also a teenager repeller.) It has a breathalyzer.

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