Thursday, March 15, 2007

Kids These Days - A Collection of Recent Articles

'Kids are self-centred enough already'
Today's college students are more self-centred than their predecessors, according to a new study by five psychologists who worry that the trend could be harmful to personal relationships and society in general.
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Researchers say scores have risen steadily since 1982 when the first of some 16,475 college students across the United States completed an evaluation called the Narcissistic Personality Inventory (NPI). The survey asks for responses to such statements as "If I ruled the world, it would be a better place," "I think I am a special person," and "I can live my life any way I want."
Pregnant 14-year-old says it's 'fashionable' as four friends are also expecting
The teen, from Torbay in Devon, said: "When my friends see my bump they say they wish they could have a baby, then three weeks later they're pregnant and don't know what to do.

"Teenage girls think babies are cute, but they forget the physical side of being pregnant, then having to give up your own childhood to look after a baby.

"It seems to be fashionable to get pregnant."

Family campaigners said her comments showed how the Government's sex education policy had left teens with the "ridiculous but extremely worrying" misconception that having a child was no different to getting a new handbag.
Your views: Latest on smacking- Part 2
[In New Zealand] smacking seems certain to be banned when MPs cast their final votes on the issue in three weeks' time.
Commentary from readers on the anti-spanking law.

The Embryo Factory: The business logic of made-to-order babies.
[A] new line of business . . . is making and selling human embryos from handpicked donors. The FDA says this doesn't appear to violate any rules within its purview. Embryo manufacture? Go right ahead.
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