He’s the first Italian to win this award and few Italian people know him, aside from a mass of teenagers who love video games. This is Lorenzo Ostuni, a nineteen year old from Turin who with the nickname ” Favij ,” about three years ago, started sharing on YouTube tips and impressions about video games. On his channel, on YouTube, you find his videos taken by webcam while he plays with his console. Jokes, bad words, jokes, smiles, grimaces and things like that do not follow a script and do not even have a real content, but with an exciting rhythm given by a good post-production editing. Probably, other players liked his outburst while playing, and those who followed him in just three years have exceeded one million (1.2 million subscribers). Nearly as many as those that our RAI national channel has. The visualizations generated by Favij channel are around 280 million, while here a famous telefilm series gets an audience of about 6 million!
By regulation, Google rewards Youtubers whose videos have over a million of subscribers, and for that, a few days ago, Lorenzo received the Golden Button, a big button-shaped plate 24-carat gold. But in the meantime, some companies already are knocking on his door, like Sony for a TV commercial.
Like Lorenzo says, “What could be more beautiful than turning a playful passion into a profitable business?”
Sometimes there are studies that seem to discover the hot water!
I read about a new research from the University of Georgia (UGA) concerning a survey on some students (from sixth grade to twelfth grade in six different school districts) to check the difference in academic performance between those who were already dating.
In summary, the results of the research reveal that students who date during this study period, have worse overall academic performance.
Weird, I was just convinced of the contrary!
In fact, it is well-known that wonks have always been the students who date earlier and more.
Sarcasm aside, I think no need to set up such researches to become aware that a student who begins flirting during adolescence, then will have another thing to think beyond the study.
Basically, an adolescent who begins to date and carry on an affair, only leads us to know that he/she is probably more “mature” than others. Where for “mature” I mean an adolescent who already feels a physical attraction (and not only) to the opposite sex.
Such maturity (including mental one) is the result of various influences, genetic, temperamental, social and environmental, while physical aspect and stage of sexual development also have their own considerable weight. On the other hand, all this is what, from time immemorial, differentiate unattractive/wimp/introvert teenagers from cool/lively/smart peers.
The research also highlights how emotional difficulties, bullying, depression, and anxiety are linked to higher rates of smoking, drinking, and drug use. Also, another recent University of Toronto study showed that children of divorced parents are 13 times more likely to start smoking cigarettes.
It was to be expected! Or were you thinking differently?
As mentioned ahead, family and social environment affect a lot on children’s behavior. I do not believe we’ve to be psychologists to understand it.
All things hackneyed. Researches or studies that may be, they have their cost. So I say, why researchers do not engage in something more useful, like trying to find ways to decrease divorces, bullying, anxiety, and so on and so forth?!
But, it is evidently easier to conduct a research, like those, to have the confirmation of things we already knew.
This letter written from a dad to his gay son Nate is going viral on the Internet because of its simple, hopeful message of love.
It was posted on the Facebook page of FCKH8.com, an organization aimed at empowering youth through its snarky, gay-positive T-shirts, videos and activist campaigns.
I don’t know if this letter is real, but gives me the opportunity to launch a campaign to help and give words of comfort to all the boys, gay or not, who need it. I know how even a few words of understanding or a short chat of encouragement can be useful in times of distress. I am available to do so and I will respond to anyone who needs to hear a friendly voice. Those interested can write me to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I want to dedicate this short post to Jacob Rudolph who had the courage to confess to his classmates, in New Jersey, about being gay.
Not everyone is able to do such a declaration, at his age and before cameras!
I do not know if it is a good thing that every teenager should do, it depends from case to case, but certainly the guy who does it, then gets rid of a ton and can finally live his sentimental life openly, and walk tall.
Thank you Jacob, thank you really for your bravery that can be an example to others. Be proud of it!
It is well known that in last decades girls mature at a younger age, while for boys we only had supposed such a thing. [In girls, breast development is the first sign and it starts at age 7-8 in about 10 percent of white girls, 23 percent of blacks and 15 percent of Hispanics, while the start of menstruating is around age 11- 12 on average].
Now, some recent studies reveal that it’s not just girls who are developing at younger ages but also boys are entering puberty earlier than past generations. And this is conflicting with what some doctors thought till now, since the food rich in estrogens -the main responsible for the early development in girls- logically speaking had even to delay sexual maturation in boys. What a coincidence, in a prior post I just mentioned a similar evolutionary issue.
The new study has been conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) through data coming from 212 practitioners in 144 pediatric offices that in 41 states have recorded information on 4.131 boys age 6 to 16. Conventionally, doctors based their examinations on the so-called Tanner stages of development, used to measure how far along in puberty a young person is. This method checks the sexual development during puberty and divides it into five stages, depending on the size of the genitals (G1, 2, 3, 4, 5) and hairs (P1, 2, 3, 4, 5). [see below for the stages table]
Results say that on average genital changes in boys start around the age of 9-10, with evident pubic hair between age 10 and 11, testicle size increasing before age 10, and with a full sexual maturity at 14-15. The stage 3, meaning a sexual development with a penis growing and testicles already producing sperm, happens at age 12. Besides the study says that African-American boys develop earlier than their white and Hispanic peers.
An older study, from the 1950s through 1970s of white boys in England, found that boys started genital development at age 11-12 on average, with pubic hair development typically between 12 and 13 – about two years later than in the new study.
Of course, for now doctors have only theories to explain the reasons of this changing as it is still not clear why boys also are hitting puberty sooner.
Contemporary data on the ages of pubertal characteristics in American boys, from onset to maturity, were lacking until now.
Although these results can give happiness to young guys and be a source of pride, another study by Cornell’s College of Human Ecology noticed that boys reaching sexual maturity more rapidly can go towards psychological problems, as getting along with others their age and having a higher risk for depression. Besides, when the release of the hormone testosterone reaches its maximum, boys can assume particularly risky behavior, as shows of strength, negligence or high propensity to violence, acts that lead to an increased number of serious accidents.
Regardless if such early development is good or not, parents should pay attention to their kids’ development, because in these cases evidently become important having a diverse chat with them and start talking earlier about sexuality and sex activity. Consequently, the sexual development takes boys to a greater need for masturbation or for sex with peers. Probably, this just is another reason why nowadays cases of pregnant teenagers girls have increased or because porno users age is lower. Thus, our society needs to take note and adapt to this, beyond medical or psychological dissertations, whereas it is impossible to deny or prohibit sexual activity to a girl or a boy of 14 years whose sexually already gets the same need of a more mature person. But according to the hypocrisy, moralism and puritanism of our society, these legal and mental changes will not be easy to achieve.
TANNER STAGES TABLE Sexual organs are staged as follows: Stage 1: The testes, scrotum, and penis are about the same size and proportion as in early childhood.
Stage 2: The scrotum and testes enlarge and the scrotal sac reddens and changes in texture. There is little to no enlargement of the penis.
Stage 3: There is further growth of the testes and scrotum and the penis begins to enlarge, mainly in length.
Stage 4: The testes and scrotum continue to enlarge and the scrotal skin continues to darken. The penis continues to grow in breadth and length with development of the glans. Stage 5: The genitalia are of adult size and shape. No further enlargement takes place.
Pubic hair is staged as follows: Stage 1: The vellus of the pubis resembles that over the abdomen.
Stage 2: Sparse growth of long, slightly pigmented, downy hair, straight or only slightly curled, appears chiefly at the base of the penis.
Stage 3: The hair is considerably darker, courser, and more curled. It spreads sparsely over the junction of the pubis.
Stage 4: The hair is now adult-like but the area covered is still considerably smaller than in most adults. There is no spread to the medial surface of the thighs.
Stage 5: The hair is adult in quantity and type, distributed in the “male” pattern of an inverse triangle, and may spread to the medial surface of the thighs.
FIVE THINGS TEENS MUST KNOW BEFORE THEIR FIRST SEXUAL INTERCOURSE
It is well-known that everywhere the first sexual intercourse occurs nowadays during adolescence, a time when many teenagers know little about sex and, apart from this, they have it because feel attracted by the partner or because they just want to try this experience.
Unfortunately, young people who have received a sex education at school or from their parents, before they first intercourse, are still a few. Today, the majority of young people gain knowledge of the basic sex concepts only through friends or internet, also if it often is uncomplete and unsatisfactory.
Young people do not like to read much, as they prefer a simple crosstalk while it is needless to dwell on scientific and moral speeches. In this context, for the young girls who are reading me now, I briefly will tell them that:
1 – Can I have sex with him?
If in doubt, ask yourself this question: is he the right guy with whom it is worth to take this step? Whatever happens in the future, will I remember him with affection and sympathy, glad to have given him my virginity? 2 – Must he use a condom?
Even if it is the first sexual intercourse for both of you, and thus it’s supposed that both have no sexually transmitted diseases, do not forget that it only needs one coitus to get pregnant. 3 – Ok but what if he ejaculates outside?
No, who does tell you that he will be able to pull out his penis before a drop of sperm has already come out? Besides, know that during intercourse a few drops of sperm (often called precum) can already be discharged. He can avoid condoms when you will use the pill, provided you have the certainty (which is impossible) that he is not having intercourse with other people, including occasional ones, and therefore might be a carrier of a disease. For these reasons, it is always opportune and wise to use condoms. If he carelessly has ejaculated inside you, there’s nothing to do, also if you can use the morning-after-pill and hope….. 4 – Is there a risk of getting pregnant through anal/oral intercourse or if his sperm falls on my body?
No, from this point of view the sperm becomes dangerous if released into the vagina or even around the labia majora. 5 – Is the loss of virginity painful?
No, although depending on the consistency of your hymen, there may be more or less bleeding. If anything, pain or discomfort that you may experience is due to the dryness of your vagina, also depending on the size of his penis. In any case, it is advisable to always use a lubricant (vaseline for example ). If the intercourse is too painful for you, tell him to stop, while if you feel no pleasure, have the courage to stop and excit yourself through the manipulation of the clitoris (fingering).
Sex is and should be a time of high pleasure and fulfillment, it must be so for everyone even if the first time. Therefore better to give up if this is not happening.
The case of the “catboy” has come to the fore again.
Time ago the news of Nong Youhui, a child born in the Chinese region of Guangxi with light-blue eyes, went around the world. Why?
Because it’s a very rare event for Asians to have eyes colored different from black or brown and, more surprisingly, because later the baby was able to see in the dark, just like cats.
The newborn’s parents, worried about the unusual color, took the child to hospital, but doctors told them not to worry because with the growth things would become normal.
But things did not change, instead over time the child improved his ability to see in the dark and for this he was subjected to various experiments to determine how effective his eyesight was. In a completely dark room, doctors asked him to write a few words and do some simple operations, and he performed the task flawlessly, following the lines. In front of cameras of the local TV, the child passed another test, described by journalist Bi Donglei: “We put him in complete darkness. I could not see the people next to me. We showed him some playing cards and he gave us the correct answer immediately”. Quingji Ning, his schoolteacher, amazed and amused said: “They told me that his eyes were like cat. In fact, when in the dark his eyes are illuminated with a beam of light, they shine. So I asked him if he really could see in the darkness and he said yes. Once I invited him to catch the crickets at night and he said he could do it without the need of light”.
Today Nong is six and despite the attention and curiosity surrounding him, he seems a normal boy.
Doctors do not have a precise answer about the reason for this anomaly, and someone supposed to be a sort of luekodermia which in this case has affected the eyes only, making them more sensitive. The luekodermia, a sort of vitiligo, is a disease that causes more or less extensive patches of lighter skin (depigmentation) on the body.
Obviously about this case around and on the web arose curiosity and fanciful hypotheses, with those who said he is a human-alien crossbreed or a Starchild, those who thought he is a “crystal child” with super capability and those who talked about genetic mutation. For others, the most skeptical, apart the color, it is a hoax propagated by the poor family looking to make a quick profit by selling the news to the media. Who knows!