Twilight obsession leads to biting trend?
So, here's the latest vampire-related trend apparently sweeping through middle schools: Some teens are biting each other, usually on the neck, as a way to declare love or friendship.
And, of course, they are documenting the act and slapping it up on Facebook for their parents to see. (I know! Kids these days, right?!)
The Early Show reported Wednesday morning that the "troubling new trend among teens" is likely the result of the booming popularity of the book and movie series, "Twilight" and the HBO show "True Blood."
The Early Show also had several experts explain all of the things wrong with this trend, including:
1) Although teens may be "sharing blood" as a sign of closeness, it can also be a way for one teen to "mark" another teen, showing possession.
2) Mouths are full of germs and bacteria. If a bite breaks the skin, it could easily get infected. Teens with bites "should be on the lookout for swelling, redness or pus."
3) Biting can be a form of emotional and physical abuse.
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July 7, 2010; 2:15 PM ET
Categories: News Overload | Tags: Trends, Twilight
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