Author: Pop Culture

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Social Misfit or Normal Development? Students Who Do Not Date:

Prior research identified 4 distinct dating trajectories from 6th to 12th grade: Low, Increasing, High Middle School, and Frequent. The purpose of this study was to examine whether 10th graders in the Low dating group differed on emotional, interpersonal, and adaptive skills from youth in the other trajectories. The sample consisted of 594 10th graders. We compared the 4 dating
groups using teacher ratings (social skills, leadership, depression) and
student self‐reports (positive relationships with friends, at home, and
at school; depression, suicidal ideation) … Students in the Low dating group had significantly higher
teacher ratings of social skills and leadership, and lower ratings of
depression compared to the other groups.
Self‐reports of positive
relationships did not differ by dating groups. Self‐reported depression
was significantly lower in the Low dating group,
but suicidal ideations did not differ. Adolescents who were not in a romantic relationship had good social
skills and low depression, and fared better or equal to peers who dated.
These results refute the notion that non‐daters are maladjusted. Health
promotion interventions in schools should include non‐dating as one
option of healthy development.

Because they [the receiver] can’t see our faces or hear our vocal tones, we can actually use emojis to express an emotion that we are not feeling

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Last week at Defcon, a security researcher named Smea presented their findings on vulnerabilities in the Lovesense Hush, an internet-of-things buttplug that has already been shown to have critical privacy vulnerabilities.

I don’t need to be number one. I don’t need to beat the fuck out of somebody. I don’t need to be ahead. I just want to still be here at the end of the fuckin’ day, doing what I’m doing, without anybody hassling me.

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