Doctors at Johns Hopkins University noticed an interesting thing when examining teenagers with bangs. The skin covered by the bangs was more pale and freckle-free while the rest of the face would exhibit more freckles. Whiles freckles are not considered dangerous, they are a marker of increased sun exposure and potential skin damage. Dubbed the “Big Bang Theory,” the experts at Johns Hopkins feel that this discovery would make a great teaching mechanism with which teenagers could relate, especially since teen idol Justin Bieber made the hairstyle popular. Dr. Bernard Cohen was quoted (1) as saying that it’s “a gimmicky way to make them smile and engage them in conversation about sun protection.”
I appreciate the effort and intent of this teaching method, but I see two major flaws. First, Justin Bieber no longer has bangs.
Secondly, from what I understand in my own kids’ conversations, one mention of Justin Bieber would send most teens running away screaming or, worse yet, result in the dreaded eye roll!
Perhaps a couple of the lads from One Direction would be a more accepted comparison.
|Source: Proud Dad|
He likes his bangs and it makes me long for the day when I had bangs. <sigh>
|Source: The 1980's|
Goodness knows there are many talks we need to have with our teens. (Oh boy do I know that!) But don't forget to add one more talk...the one about sun safety and wearing sunscreen. It's as important as any other talk you may have!