From NPR’s series “Click to Enlarge” comes an up close look at everyone’s favorite movie snack food, popcorn.
I like to dip my popcorn in salted caramel. Or just put a shit ton of butter on it. I’m that gross person you see that carries two to-go containers of popcorn butter along with my popcorn so that I can dump it in incrementally through the movie. Yes, I am a disgusting human being, but I have no regrets.
Image via Lookout.
Cris Rowan is a pediatric occupational therapist who made a rather controversial post that seemed to touch some nerves with tech-savvy parents. Based on her research (as well as research done by other professionals), children under the age of 12 years old shouldn’t be allowed their own handheld devices, with access to them restricted to a certain number of hours in a day.
Research suggests that children between 3-5 years of age can develop serious developmental and behavioral problems when exposed to technology more than four hours a day (this includes television and computer games). Here’s a condensed list of Rowan’s top ten reasons, via Neatorama:
1. Exposure to technology is bad for rapid brain growth of children from 0 to 2 years of age
2. Technology use restricts movement, and thus results in delayed physical development
3. TV and video game use correlates with increased obesity
4. 75% of kids who use technology in the bedroom have sleep deprivation
5. Technology overuse is a factor in child depression, anxiety, and other mental illness
6. Violent media can cause child aggression
7. “Digital dementia”: too much digital media cause decreased concentration and memory
8. 10% of children aged 8 to 18 are addicted to technology
9. Potential radiation emission from digital devices
10. The way children are raised and educated with technology is unsustainable
You can read the full list and explanation here. As parents, it’s probably easy to set your kids down in front of the TV or give them a handheld game to play with while you quickly try and bang out as many chores as possible before you need to attend to the little human life you’re charged with raising. I was a TV kid myself and definitely spent more time than needed in front of the boob tube. According to Rowan and her colleagues, this is a guideline for how much technology children should be exposed to based on their age.
I definitely agree, however, that a child shouldn’t get their own personal cell phone until they’re a teenager. It’s important to teach them how to use a phone responsibly before that, by having them learn emergency numbers and what to do in those situations. But before they’re teens, they should be either at home with parents, at activities with adults who have their own phones, or at school where they can use a landline. I’ve always felt there’s no reason for a child to possess a smart phone. And unfortunately, for my future children, they’ll be getting a basic phone that only dials numbers and texts until they can afford to pay for a smart phone (including the bill) themselves.
Parents of DotD, what are your thoughts on this information? Do your kids have smart phones or handheld devices and how often do they use them?
The Slow Mo Guys are at it again, with Gav and Dan deploying air bags in slow motion.
It’s crazy to see how something that saves lives can look so violent. Even with their high-speed camera, the air bag still moves quickly on the footage.
If you’ve been keeping up with the news at all, then you know about what’s been happening in Ukraine the last month. You have also probably heard a lot of people speculating that this is the beginning of WWIII and saying that the US and Russia are going to have a go at it.
Ukraine is a country that has been in conflict for a very long time, mainly because the powers around it continue to try and control it for their own interests. Russia, it seems, is revisiting that after the Ukraine’s government became unstable when protesters and opposition leaders within Ukraine took to the streets and ousted President Viktor Yanukovich.
It’s all very complicated, especially considering the Ukraine’s long history of war and political unrest (thanks mainly to Europe and Russia, but most especially Stalin).
John Green is here to help you understand what exactly is happening in Ukraine right now, as well as some historical context, so that you don’t feel completely lost.
TL;DR – Shit’s fucked, man.
There are few videos I actually watch all the way through to the end when they’re more than 5 minutes long. These Mental Floss videos are definitely in that category.
Also, I love the story Bill Murray always tells about why he did Garfield. It’s so Bill Murray.
This is the first I’m hearing of this band… group… concoction? I guess I’m not hip. This is ‘Babymetal’, a half-pop/half-metal trio from Japan, and apparently they’ve just released their first full-length album.