A new study of pre-teen girls seems to indicate that children that spend too much time jumping from YouTube, to Facebook, to videos, to video games, to television are less likely to develop healthy social skills and relationships as they get older. The study, conducted by Discovery Girls magazine, surveyed 3,461 American girls ages 8 to 12 who submitted responses to the questionnaire from the magazine. While the study was only conducted on young girls, academics who interpreted the results said that they would expect the same to hold true for young boys too.
Clifford Nass, a researcher at Stanford University who worked on the study was surprised that no one had ever asked the questions put forth in the survey before despite the inordinate amount of time spent by kids on these various “attention-get’ers. ” Nass went on to say that children have to learn how to develop socially by interaction with other people, including adults. He calls it face time, which you don’t get from Facebook, or YouTube. The answer to the problems caused by too much time on social media versus true social interaction is by talking to other people. Children that spend more time interacting face-to-face with others have less tendency to have social problems as they grow up.
Researchers were not able to pinpoint an amount of time spent with other people that can ameliorate the effects of too much time in front of the screen but they did emphasize the need for eye contact and the benefits of conversing with real people, not a screen.
Nass has worked on similar studies on adults, which highlighted the cognitive problems associated with too much time on the screen and said that he was shocked by the results of the survey of the young girls.
Just another reason to make sure to take your kids away from the screens, no matter how hard you have to pry the devices out of their hands. It should be common sense that too much time away from people isn’t a good thing, but for those that can’t make sense of the obvious at least this study lends support to what they should already know. Hell, you might even want to try throwing a ball with your kid or taking them fishing. Who knows, it might be helpful for both of you.
Location of Backup Options
When choosing a particular partner with whom to obtain backup services for a company’s digital components, it’s important to many individuals to ensure that the RAID data recovery location is such that it’s not too far away from the company’s main place of business. Many companies will be significant enough in size that they will offer companies the option to obtain services from a particular location of which that business operates such as a company that offers services in Chicago for individuals in the surrounding areas such as the state of Illinois, Wisconsin and perhaps Minnesota.
French Bachelor Parties
There are celebrations of a person’s last night of being single all over the world and in different countries they are called by different names but it would certainly be interesting to experience a Nevada bachelorette party in the French style because the French term for such an occasion actually means “the burial of the life as a young girl” which would seem quite depressing in its literal translation but is simply how the French term seems to translate when it is directly crafted in an English form. Just like American parties, French parties usually involve drinking and humiliation.
One of the biggest parts of the Super Bowl is the game of course. And then there is the pre-game entertainment and the halftime show, which recently has been nothing short of a mini-classic rock concert. But not to be outdone and certainly one of the more anticipated parts of the big game are the newest commercials that will be featured during the game. These thirty second marketing showpieces highlight the ingenuity and imagination of best of the best in the advertising industry and the Super Bowl has become the big stage to display their best work.
Some of the front runners for the title of best advertisement during the Super Bowl have already been leaking out bits and pieces of their ads in order to get a leg up on the competition. And from the glimpses of the commercials paying big bucks to make it to the Super Bowl we can expect the full gamut of pitches coming from every direction and being served up by celebs, animals, and of course, a few attractive females.
Celebrities will be on full display in the ads with sports icons, Hollywood divas, nostalgic faces, and of course, the surprising appearance of someone nobody expects to steal the whole show. The auto industry has been on the upswing of late so expect to see big time, glitzy ads from all of them.
Not to be outdone are the animals vying for the attention of all Super Bowl viewers. From the traditional famorites – the Budweiser Clydesdale Team – to the mush-faced Sketchers bulldog, and the Career Builder chimp, the lower primates are sure to steal the show; well the commercial end of the show.
This is probably the only time that I ever watch the commercials. Usually I surf away at every commercial break and try to time my connection back to the game when the commercials are over. But the Super Bowl is definitely the exception to this rule. Almost all are entertaining and display the very best marketing techniques in the industry.
Balancing a Yard Well
There are a number of good design options that can be applied to the average home’s yard and one consideration for the Bergen County landscaping crew is the fact that the balance of a yard is such that sometimes a particular type of design just isn’t going to work in a particular climate. For example, it can certainly seem tempting to put in a cactus garden around a home, especially if there are different elevations in play where rock walls might come in handy, but if that home is in Minnesota, a cactus garden might not be the most appropriate type of plantings.
Trying to Fix a Leak
A plumbing situation in a home isn’t exactly the easiest thing to decipher when something goes wrong and for this reason most people will simply call up a Long Beach CA plumbing outfit to get things fixed when there’s a leak somewhere. But it’s always a good idea to have a small indication of what’s going on before the plumbers show up so that the work can be done swiftly and efficiently. If a leak is happening near the faucet situation of a sink, finding the source of the leak is very often quite simple and takes just a little investigation.
Protecting Mailing Lists
It has long been the case that people have to put up with spam emails and unwanted physical mail and much of this unwanted mail has come from people hijacking the information from reputable companies and using it for their own nefarious uses. For people who want to avoid being associated with a spammer and aren’t quite ready to jump into email lists, it’s been suggested that Longview TX direct mail services through the regular mail service is still quite an effective marketing tool and that people will very often sign up for a mailing service from a company they like.
Forceful Facade Options
One issue that people tend to run into fairly often is the idea that they’ve gone way too far in a particular style for their home and that one particular design element has overtaken the entire feel of the house and made everything else far less important. This is where a different pair of Memphis TN front doors might be a good idea as just changing the doors can be a significant design modification that’s fairly simple and might prevent the home from requiring a more significant makeover such as an entire paint job or a ton of different accessories.
Jessica Alba is stepping out of her role on the screen to launch a new business venture, her company called The Honest Company. Alba’s new business is in the business of green baby products, those eco-friendly items used for baby care such as diapers, wipes, as well as household cleaning products, and skin care.
Ms. Alba says she got the idea for the company after finding it nearly impossible to find non-toxic products for her children. She traces the beginnings of The Honest Company to three years ago when she was pregnant with her daughter. At the time she was looking for products that would be safe to use for a baby and says that she was amazed to find that most of the products she thought were ok to use, all contained dangerous chemicals. Alba, who has sensitive skin herself, says that one particular laundry detergent made especially for children caused her to break out in a rash.
Alba also says that the link between the ever-growing number of cases of children diagnosed with ADHD and the link to chemicals found in everyday products was another reason for wanting to open a business where parents could find products that will not be harmful to their children as well as other products for adults that are also free from dangerous chemicals.
The first line of products being put on the market by The Honest Company are a bundle for babies and other for family essentials. The former is a bundle of eco-friendly diapers, enough to last about a month, and the latter contains a number of family-friendly cleaning products. Alba says that the product line will increase as demand for the Honest Company products increases. She is going to rely on customer feedback for ideas for new products in the future. A portion of all proceeds from the Honest Company will be donated to Baby2Baby, a non-profit company that provided needy families with baby gear and clothing.
Sounds like an interesting undertaking. I hope it gets some legs so that people actually have a choice of better, safer products for their children and themselves, especially when it comes to household cleaning products. Who knows, it worked out pretty well for Paul Newman, maybe it can workout well for Jessica Alba too.
Crowding During Christmas
There are many people who adore decorating for Christmas but it can become a dicey thing to take absolutely everything out of the boxes filled with holiday decorations and crowd the living room with a ton of figurines, Byers Choice carolers and decorations. One good plan is usually to switch some things around so that nothing gets broken because it’s hanging out on a lower shelf or is crowded by decorative items that are already sitting on the side tables or in other places where they could get knocked over because many Christmas decorations are collectible.
Rain and Parties
Having a party get rained on can certainly be a pain and a lot of planning can go to waste if the party is abandoned and rescheduled for a different type. But it’s still possible to encourage people to come to a party even if it’s raining by promising that the tables, chairs, La Caja china and the decorations will still be up but they will be under a series of tents. It’s also possible to move the party inside if a family is lucky enough to have a large living room or a gathering space but an outside party in the rain isn’t impossible.
Large Rimmed Glasses
Not everyone wears contacts and one of the interesting trends to haves started covering much of the red carpets these days is the return of thick rimmed glasses with many movie stars wearing designer sunglasses that have been specifically designed to create a blast from the past effect with glasses that might have been worn by an IRS agent in 1972 instead of a famous movie star in 2012. One of the most famous faces to wear these thick rimmed glasses is Johnny Depp who has been wearing different styles of sunglasses for years in public.
Three members of an immigrant Afghan family were found guilty of first degree murder in the deaths of three young female family members and the ex-wife of the father of the family. Mohammed Shafia, his wife Tooba Mohammad Yahya, and their son, Hamed 21, were found guilty of killing their 3 daughters, age 19, 17, and 13, in what prosecutors called an honor murder.
Mohammed Shafia claims that his three daughters were “whores” and conducting behavior that was bringing shame to them and their family. The eldest daughter, 19 year old Zainab was about to run off and marry a Pakistani man that her family disapproved of, the middle daughter, Sahar 17, is said to have been wearing revealing clothing, while the youngest, Geeti 13 was failing in school and succumbing to Western ways.
Shafia, his wife, and Hamed were convicted of murder and now face 25 years to life in prison for their crimes. Prosecutors say that all three plotted to kill the girls for bringing dishonor to the family. Investigators used hours of tapes from wiretaps of the Shafia home as evidence of the plot and eventual carrying out of the crime.
Prosecutors say that Mohammed instructed his son Hamed to use the family Lexus and to push another car containing the girls into a nearby canal. Officials believe that the three girls and Mohammad’s ex-wife, 54 year old Reba, were already dead when their vehicle hit the water in the canal. Experts testifying in the case say that Shafia and his wife and son believed that they had lost control over the three daughters and that his ex-wife Reba, was encouraging their behavior leaving him no choice but to “purify them in blood.”
Shafia’s lawyer claims that the conversations heard on the tape, rantings by Shafia about his daughter’s and his intention to restore order and honor, were nothing more than traditional expressions in Dari and should not be translated literally.
It’s hard to believe that in this day and age something like this could go on. Think about how twisted you must be to take the lives of your own children. This is a sickness that you have to hope dies over time. I can only imagine the extent to which it might go on in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other parts of the world where it is accepted and not under the larger microscope of the rest of the world.
Formal Education and Lawyers
As everyone knows, a lawyer must not only attend undergraduate school, but he must also attend law school and will likely intern after his time in school at a professional facility in a specific area of law in which he wants to specialize and it is common for a business attorney to become a part of a particular law firm in which they intend to someday become a full fledged member and this usually means that they will start to refine what type of business law in which they will specialize as there are some subtle differences in such distinctions.
Remaining Silent during Questioning
There are a lot of reasons why it’s a good idea to remain completely silent while an interrogation is going on because even things that a person doesn’t believe may incriminate them have the potential to make the job more difficult for Gatineau Quebec criminal lawyers when it comes time to go to trial. The law is a very complex area of study and the average person who has been accused of a crime or has even been taken in for questioning by the police department should always consider staying silent before they have access to an attorney.
Obtaining Independent Documentation
One issue that many people may tend to consider a difficult process is getting someone to believe that something happened when the only people who have been told are a Ramsey NJ divorce lawyer and the court. In a divorce some rather contentious things can be said and sometimes obtaining an independent verification of events is the only way to ensure that certain evidence is admitted into the trial process. If a specific event cannot be corroborated it is likely that evidence may be called “hearsay” and won’t be part of the decision making process of the divorce.
Credit Cards and Bankruptcy
For the individual who is going through a bankruptcy, one of the most obvious types of debt reduction that will occur regarding the ownership of various credit cards. And one issue that some people might tend to be concerned about is whether their Rockland County Chapter 7 lawyer can reduce all of the credit card debt or only part of it during a bankruptcy. The issue to watch out for is usually related to the fact that a company that has issued a credit card might want to question certain charges that were made directly prior to filing for bankruptcy.
Learning about Sobriety Checkpoints
Sometimes people make mistakes and they enter a vehicle while they are intoxicated and as anyone knows, this is a dangerous type of behavior and can get anyone in trouble with the law to a point where they require a Redwood City DUI attorney. And these days police departments are really looking for ways to ensure that the populace does not ignore the safety regulations that are in place to reduce danger and accidents due to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and have set up more sobriety checkpoints in various towns, especially during the holidays.
Understanding a Custody Battle
One aspect of a custody battle that a family might need to endure is the recording of statements during a part of the process called the deposition. When these recorded statements are made, the person seeking custody of their child or children will always be joined by the NYC custody lawyer and on the opposing side the other parent or guardian will also be joined by their legal counsel. These official documents are used in various aspects of the overall case and a lawyer will always be prepared for in advance through discussions between lawyer and client.
A 17 yearn old English girl, whose diet has consisted of almost nothing but McDonald Chicken McNuggets for fifteen years, was hospitalized and is now being treated for a host of ailments related to her fast-food diet. Nutrition experts say that a single order of McNuggets packes as much sodium in one meal as is recommended for an entire day, some 900 milligrams of sodium. Stacey Irvine was introduced to McDonalds, and the nugget, fifteen years ago by her mother and ever since her diet is chicken nuggets and more chicken nuggets.
Ms. Irvine is a factory worker and it was at her job where she collapsed and had to be rushed to the hospital. At the time she complained of being unable to breath. Her intake of sodium was so high from her McChicken treats that she risks further complications from stroke, heart disease, and heart failure if she does not alter her diet. Ms. Irvine has since been released from the hospital where she was treated for high blood pressure.
Doctors and nutritionists say that high sodium levels in the American diet are directly responsible for high blood pressure problems with many people in the U.S. The average daily allowance of salt recommended by the FDA is approximately 1,500 mg., or about a teaspoon. However, data about the average U.S. diet indicates that most Americans consume approximately 3.436 mg of sodium daily. And while you might think that your salt intake is fine because you have taken the salt shaker off the table, think again. The biggest culprits when it comes to sources of salt are processed foods, packaged foods, and of course, fast food.
Even what on the surface might appear to be a sodium safe meal prepared at home can contain a large dosage of sodium because of all the salt that is added to the products that go into the meal. Health officials also note that along with high blood pressure and heart disease, people consuming large amounts of salt run the risk of cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, dementia, sleep apnea, and kidney disease.
Salt is like sugar, you can be hooked on it and not even know it. And weening yourself off of it can be hard too. The best way really is not to eat any fast food, which is poison anyway. After that, limit processed foods also since most of them are poison too. And its not only people with high blood pressure that have to worry since salt can cause other problems that don’t manifest themselves until its too late…..a stroke for example.
Some Couples Get Surgery
There is an interesting trend impacting some doctor’s offices and that’s where some people have started to obtain plastic surgery procedures together because they both feel as though they need a Dothan Alabama face lift. As many people know, obtaining plastic surgery as a man has become quite acceptable for men and this means that more men are starting to accompany their wives or girlfriends into the plastic surgeon’s office to see about a discussion as to whether they might both get some work done together so that they can spend the recovery time together at the same time and support one another through it.
Electronic Cigarettes and Flavors
Regular tobacco cigarettes have long come in different flavors and some of the more expensive brands have been offering people various flavors for years. With the rise in popularity of the e cig, many people have started to take this type of alternative to smoking seriously and this has meant that they want all of the advantages to smoking a regular cigarette in electronic cigarette form. One of the first things that manufacturers decided to do was to look into better battery options. The next thing was to expand upon the different flavors available which have been extremely popular this season.
Since the housing collapse, renting a home vs. a monthly mortgage payment are now about equal, supporting the argument that buying is much better proposition than renting if you can afford the payments. Home prices have fallen by some 33% since the bubble burst and while many believe that the price of homes should be moving higher, in most of the hardest hit areas of the country, they remain at or near record low levels. Demand is not pushing the price of a home higher.
In addition, the cost of financing a mortgage remains at historically low levels near 4% vs. median rates seen over time closer to 8% – 9%. And adding to the notion that the housing industry HAS to do better soon is industry news that housing starts are climbing, or at least they were to end 2011, and that sales of existing homes also increased at the end of 2011, albeit at a meager pace.
However, housing prices aren’t moving at all, which if they were, would be one of the strongest indications that the market may have bottomed out. Industry analysts say that one of the biggest reasons for the lethargic housing prices is the unemployment situation in the U.S. With unemployment currently running at 8.5% nationwide, too many people are unable to find work, much less think about buying a new house.
The other potential fly in the ointment when it comes to housing prices is interest rates. Sure, interest rates remain at their lowest levels in recent history, and the Fed has said that rates would remain at these levels for the foreseeable future, rates cannot stay low forever and the Fed has limited power to control longer term interest rates. Any increase in rates would undermine a recovery in the housing market by driving the prices for homes down even further.
Interest rates at the long end of the curve, the part of the curve where mortgages are derived, have been under downward pressure for some time and without any real growth out of this recession, there is little reason to believe that they will rise out of control. But if and when they do, the housing market could be facing yet another mammoth obstacle.
There’s no way that interest rates are going up enough to snuff out a recovery in the housing market, if we ever have one. As long as long term inflation remains under wraps interest rates will remain low. And even if they do rise some, they are still doing so from the lowest levels in recent history so it shouldn’t be such a big deal for your mortgage to go from 4% to 6%, all things considered.
Improving Cigarette Batteries
Now that cigarettes are becoming extremely popular in an electronic form, there have been calls by fans of the smokeless smoking options to create a battery for the average e cigarette that would last a lot longer than the sort of batteries that had been installed into such items in the past. Manufacturers of electronic cigarettes have started to put a lot of emphasis on research into how might be the best way to ensure a long lasting electronic cigarette that doesn’t require constant replacement of the interior mechanisms present such as the battery pack.
Cooperative Working Environments
There are many issues which impact the availability of cooperative partnerships in the realm of construction and for the most part there are some collateral based equipment leasing options that might be appropriate if a particular company is unable to find partners for an impending project where a financially desensitized partnership would alleviate the need for a lease of a particular type of equipment. Most of the elements that are required in such circumstances are something that must be discussed far in advance of the actual start of such work between companies that are on the same project.
Cited: New York Timesl
A mandate by New York City Department of Education that sex education be folded into junior high school and high school health courses will go into effect this coming semester. Now subjects covered in health such as nutrition, physical fitness, and injury prevention and treatment will be supplemented with sex education topics such as preventing pregnancy, stopping the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, and developing healthy relationships and abstinence. Presently, New York State education guidelines mandate that students receive at least six months of health education, but not necessarily sex education. The new mandate by New York City would make sex education a large part of the health curriculum.
The new guidelines recommend a program for middle school children called HealthSmart while for high school kids they recommend a book called “Reducing the Risk.” The new mandate would not change the existing program already in place to teach and warn students about the risks and causes of H.I.V/AIDS, which is already in place for all students kindergarten through high school.
The new classes would take into account the age of the student in deciding what to teach to every class. The topics proposed include boys and girls physiology, understanding the reproductive system, understanding healthy and unhealthy relationships, sexuality, how to deal with unwanted sexual advances, abstinence, birth control, and preventing sexually transmitted diseases.
Some parent groups have expressed their anger over the new mandated programs saying that the material was too graphic for the children and that they demand to be able to opt out of the program for their child. These parents have been instructed to write a letter specifying the material that they would prefer that their children not see and in this letter they must reassure the principal of the school that their child would receive this instruction at home. Parents are not allowed to opt their children out of lessons on abstinence and sexual health education.
You’d like to believe that the schools can actually teach math and reading before we start giving them the responsibility of teaching our children about sexual relationships and all that encompasses. However, it isn’t a bad idea that the kids get some education about all of the responsibility that comes with sex and for many of these kids, school or the street is the only place they are going to learn anything. So better that it comes from professionals who have been trained and using an approved, proven curriculum.
Filling Out a Form
Over the hundreds of years that personality tests have been around there have been some impressive elements of major types of tests which have made sure that things like the MBTI personality rankings have become widespread and popular as a device used by people to understand their own psyche better. One type of test has a technical name called a self-report inventory and is such that a person will fill out what amounts to a questionnaire about their own personality and will ask a professional to read the report and suggest what it might reveal about a personality.
Timeframe for Computer Training
It is not very surprising to note that there are a great many types of training for people who want to get into the medical industry and for the most part, people can obtain Hauppauge computer training for the basics in a variety of different careers that might not require the training that would come about from a full four years in college in a bachelors degree program. While some jobs do indeed require that a person is well trained in such circumstances, it’s still the case that many jobs are available that require far less training.
Canines Standing Still
There are an amazing number of techniques that can be used to train dogs so that they are extremely efficient while working with the police and for the most part, police dog training will teach dogs to do some amazingly interesting things while they are on patrol with their handlers. One of the most interesting things to see is how absolutely still a dog will get before they are told to go into an area to investigate with their owner. It’s almost like looking at a dog that’s in a photograph because they are so still before attacking.
Sticking to New Year’s Resolutions
There are an amazing number of people who tend to make a New Year’s resolutions and then forget those promises just a few days into the New Year. And for the many people who decide to try and lose weight or get healthier in the new year, a great option is to obtain a subscription with a Holt MIC fitness center. And this can be done at any time of the year and doesn’t have to be something that’s only accomplished in January. The great thing about exercise is that it doesn’t require a specific time of the year to complete.
For years now, membership in unions across the United States has been on the slide. From industrial unions, automobile workers unions, and government worker unions, the number of people belonging to these labor advocacy groups has been in decline. However, a recent study now indicates that the trend lower may have bottomed and could be moving in the other direction.
Labor analysts say that there are several possible causes for the leveling-off of union membership. One theory postulates that union membership is already so low that it can’t drop any further. Another speculates that the blow-up in the union membership has simply paused for the present time and will continue to move lower in the future. The last possibility is that there will be a turnaround in union membership in the future and that the ranks of labor unions will soon start to swell back toward those levels seen prior to 2008, when the number of union employees started to nosedive.
The Center for Economic Policy Research says that union membership fell by 1.4 million between 2008 and 2010, but then leveled-off into 2011. While many people wonder if the data simply reflects a point of critical mass regarding the number of union workers in key areas such as automobiles, health care, and the airlines; meaning that they can’t get any lower. Or perhaps that there is something of a rebirth of unionized industries and that more workers are looking to the union for protections against unfair practices by management. Academics point to recent attacks on civil service workers and their right to collective bargaining in Wisconsin, Indiana, and Minnesota, and the severe backlash by the workers in those states as some evidence that workers are circling the wagons and starting to take steps to strengthen the power and scope of union membership.
On the other hand, other industry followers cite a rise in public and private sector layoffs and perhaps more to come in 2012, which will undermine any attempts by the unions to wrestle-back power from the corporate and government powers running these sectors of the economy.
The unions have been decimated in the U.S. You only have to look at the situation in mining industry to see where the coal companies have won their long battle against the unions, the result being only a small portion of coal miners belonging to a union, and the mining companies now making more money than ever and the miners still struggling to scratch-out a living. I hope that the unions make their way back, and this time they work on behalf of their members and not for the same power trips as the corporate managers they face down.
Specialized Media Pages
One aspect of offering a solid persona to the local media that will help a company is creating a page that is specifically tailored to answer questions that media entities might have. A top PR firm Miami would likely work with a company to create a page that would direct various individuals in the best ways to contact the business for various statements, contact various members of the company and offer ways to obtain more information about the business itself. Welcoming the press to interface with a company through a specialized page will encourage positive relationships with the public and press.
Taking Control of Payments
As a business grows it becomes more important to establish standardized and modern systems for various functions and while a small business might be able to get away with creating a type of pen and paper approach to certain standard business issues, growing and larger businesses will often have to work with an integrated payroll service in order to make sure that all of the systems work smoothly as they should. Whenever a person decides that they must upgrade their systems, company growth is often at the center of a need for more advanced systems in payroll and taxes.
More People Finishing College
There are an amazing number of people working today who don’t have a college degree and end up being able to enjoy a successful career through some sort of training that didn’t include a stint in college. Many individuals working for a staffing agency have reported however that many people coming in for jobs have been alumni of a particular college and that more and more people looking for jobs are such that they have a college degree. Statistics suggest that people who completed college reached over thirty percent in 2010 and this number was an all-time high.