30 March 2010

Tuesday Links: "Young Adults Are..."

It's Tuesday, which means it's time again for the internet to tell young adults about our lives: our interests, concerns, priorities, and opinions. Is the internet right about us? Only you can say.

This week, young adults are...

"Baffled by laundry instructions." (According to the linked piece, published in London's Daily Telegraph, our inability to read care labels results in, on average, three ruined pieces of clothing per year. Also, one-third of young adults will throw away a stained piece of clothing instead of laundering it.)

Getting our news almost exclusively via internet and cell phone.

More likely than other groups to identify as Charismatic Christians. (29% of Christians between the ages of 26 and 44, both Catholic and Protestant, say they have been "'filled with the Holy Spirit' and that God has given them at least one of the charismatic gifts, such as tongues, prophecy, or healing.")

"Sexting" in large numbers. (59% of us have sent or posted "sexually suggestive messages" at some point.)

"Overusing emergency rooms for medical care" because we lack insurance.

Not particularly affected, at least when it comes to academics, by binge drinking behavior. (The linked study, by the Boston University School of Public Health, finds that " surprisingly, binge drinking the night before a test does not impact college students' test performance.")

Today's comment question: does this information speak to your personal experience? Have you needed to visit to emergency room because you didn't have a doctor? Do you watch the evening news? Do you think you're capable of doing your own laundry?

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