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7 Daily Habits To Improve Your Grades

Getting good grades is really something that doesn’t happen overnight. It is the result of decisions over a whole semester. You need to develop good habits and skills if you want to end up with good grades. Here are seven daily habits that will help improve your grades.

Don’t procrastinate

Procrastination is a great way for you to have your grades drop and have a whole lot of stress. As long as you are working on big projects a little bit at a time and studying for your big test every day, you won’t be overwhelmed when it comes time for your due dates or exams.

Find a great place to study

Finding a great place to study can really make a big difference. When you are used to studying in a certain area, your mind and body will be ready to get to work once you enter this quiet place that is free from distractions.

Be consistent with your work

If you are trying to shove out a ton of work on certain days but not others, you are going to have a hard time consistently getting good grades. Make sure that you are taking time out of each day to study and do your homework.

Re-solve tough math problems from the day before

If you really want to have an edge, work on tough math problems from the day before. You will learn the concepts much more efficiently this way.

Find free tutoring programs

There are many free tutoring options for those who want to maintain good grades. Whether you are in high school or college, you will be surprised by the many different tutoring programs that are available to you.

Listen to music that helps you focus

It is amazing how much music can help you focus. The best type of music to listen to when you are doing your homework is instrumental music without lyrics. This way, you won’t be distracted while reading or writing.

Prioritize your activities

While having a social life is very important, you need to realize that grades are a big part of your future. It also feels a whole lot better to go out with your friends after you have gotten all of your difficult work done.

These are just a few habits that can really help you improve your grades. If you are able to create great study habits, you are probably going to have some pretty great grades.

References:

Campus Explorer | Top 10 Study Skills for High School Students

Collegewise | Want Better Grades?

US News | 10 Study Methods for College-Bound Teens

 

Gigi & J Money Kix (Jaydyn Price) Whisper Challenge & Interview

Actress & singer Gigi Cesare sits down for an interview with J Money Kix (Jaydyn Price) and a hilarious round of the Whisper Challenge!

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5 Teen Woes That Only Middle Children Understand

It’s no secret that parents tend to play favorites in immediate families. That’s why it’s hard being a middle child because you scarcely get any attention. Firstborns are treated maturely for being the eldest while last borns are showered with love for being the youngest. However, being in the middle often means that you go unnoticed. Here are five things only middle children can relate to.

1. You have to put up with hand-me-downs

Do you want a wardrobe makeover? Forget about it. As a middle child, your parents will come up with every excuse to avoid going shopping with you for new clothing items. But they are more than willing to hand you all your older sibling’s clothes—which are carefully stacked away waiting for you.

2. You’re constantly compared to your siblings

Let’s face it, no one likes being compared to others. However, being a middle child means you will have to develop a thick skin and get used to it. Everyone including your parents, teachers, and friends will measure your strengths and weaknesses against those of your siblings. You better had something unique that made you stand out from your siblings or else you would never hear the last of it.

3. Your parents play favorites

As a middle child, you will notice that your parents pay more attention to your siblings than to you. They focus so much on what your eldest and youngest siblings are doing that they forget about you.

In fact, you may indulge yourself in a lot of weird things without your parents ever noticing. However, the slightest yell from the last born will have your parents rushing to their side eager to find out what the matter is.

While favoritism may seem relatively harmless, it can have lasting effects. According to Midwest Outpatient Rehab, there could be a link between future substance abuse issues and favoritism. But by being left to your own devices, you do learn to be strongly independent—even if you do act out occasionally.

4. You’re a conflict solver

Being the middle child often means that your other siblings come to you whenever they’re having a fight or an argument, and you have to act as the impartial mediator regardless of your age. As Reader’s Digest points out, “Most middle children are peacekeepers. Since they are sandwiched between other siblings, they are often obsessed with fairness and balance.”

On the bright side, you get to hear all of their dirty secrets, which you can use later when you want them to do you favor. You also get to act like the boss for once.

5. Your name is often forgotten

Not only do your parents play favorites but they also have a hard time remembering your name. As a middle child, you will have to put up with your parents calling you the name of your other siblings when they cannot remember yours. Whether you get used to it or angrily correct them, you may find that it’s a regular part of life.

While being a middle child may seem like all doom and gloom, it does have its perks. For instance, you get to be more comfortable with yourself and you learn to look out for yourself at an early age. Moreover, you still like your siblings, and you wouldn’t trade the experience of growing up with them for anything in the world.

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Gamer World News founder Gayle Dickie talks eSports in interview with TWK!

The eSports gaming industry is growing at a massive pace. What many don’t know is that about half of eSports players are female. We’ve covered this before, with our interview with Hearthstone player Rumay Hafu Wang, and we continue our coverage with an interview with TV exec and entrepreneur Gayle Dickie.

Gayle just launched last month an online channel called Gamer World News that’s completely devoted to video game news and in-depth stories and features two female hosts who co-host a segment called “Girls of the Game.”

Lets find out more about this growing industry!

Hi Gayle, before we get into the topic at hand, tell me a little bit about yourself and your background.

I’m a California girl, started as a paralegal in the music business.  I set a world record for bent knee sit ups in 1980 (13,104 in 12 hours on ABC-TV) and my life changed dramatically.  I became what’s known today as an ambassador for Nautilus Sports Medical Industries and trained the Olympic Australian swim team in mind control in 1981.

I came back to the US and worked for heads of studios (Orion Pictures and 20th Century Fox Film Studios) and then became a TV syndicator selling domestic television series and movies and first-run shows in the top 100 markets in the US.  I’ve sold millions of dollars’ worth of television shows and produced films from $1 million to $10 million.  One of the more memorable was finding “DragonBall Z” and syndicating (‘selling’) that in the US.  I had an eye for good story and quality of story driven entertainment.

Five years ago I saw the push on the digital content side for all the various platforms that we are most familiar with today.  And I loved the idea of gamers having their own news, information and entertainment.  I see it as the future for sure.

How has eSports grown over the past five years?

Great question.  It’s important to keep in mind that eSports is the professional competitive side of video game competitions.   It’s really 1% of the total games market but it’s the fastest growing business in recent history.

Five years ago, the top games were Counter Strike, Halo 3, Starcraft2 and WarCraft3. Now we have moved to more team-oriented games like League of Legends, Dota2, and Overwatch, although people like to debate the Overwatch FPS (first person shooter vs. multiplayer online battle arena) and now especially, we’ve all undoubtedly witnessed the  phenomenon of Fortnite.  The most recent announcement was $1 Billion dollars in in-game purchases which is astounding.

eSports is now in over 1100 colleges and universities in North America with multiple teams and leagues.  High schools are catching up which is very exciting for all the gamers who have grown up with a console or pc game as early as 3 or 4.   That means some high school seniors have already been gaming for 14-15 years!

Five years ago the eSports revenues were some $194 million at the end of 2014.  That’s when they really just started measuring eSports. Now It’s a bona fide business with estimated $906 million this year and an overall $180.1 billion for the global market with major sponsors, advertisers, game publishers, media rights going to ESPN and tickets and merchandise both online and in stadium competitions.

We are working on a new project to allow high school gamers the ability to get ranked and to turn pro but more about that in the coming months on www.gamerworldnews.com.

What impact have females gamers had on eSports thus far?

Female gamers are almost half of the global game population.  They’re being recognized more and more in the global market. They are taking a stand that they can play all the genres of games in play today. They are getting recruited professionally.  I found one of the first girl gamers to get an eSports scholarship to play Overwatch!

I believe girl gamers have gone through significant changes with so much banter about bias and bullying around the world, so this year in particular, we are seeing more recognition given to girls who play professionally and competitively than in any prior year.  There are great girl gamers on Twitch playing a variety of games from League of Legends to Witcher3 and StreetfighterV.   We strive to find girl gamers and do profiles on them and push their brands to continue to fight any stigma that might arise with our “Girls of the Game” channel.

Encouraging more girls to get involved in pro eSports needs to start young where we can further guarantee and inspire the spirit of competition and community.

What do you predict their impact will be in the near future?

I think in the next few years, we will see more eSports scholarships for girls and see more and more girls go pro and be involved behind the scenes as game developers, marketers, social media managers, analysts, promoters and hosts.  There will be a further development of the entire economics for eSports and it will definitely bring more female players and global competition.

What would you say the major differences are between male and female gamers?

Probably the major difference is the platforms on which they play games.   Both like mobile almost equally with a slight edge for females and yet more males play on PC and console.  However, I think it is rapidly changing and equaling out.  FPS are slightly more popular for males and I think the RTS and story driven are really of interest to female gamers.

How is sports gambling changing eSports?

It’s going to change it immensely.  Esports will undoubtedly have real time betting at exhibitions and online (it has already begun) and I think it will bring millions more into the sport.   The biggest challenge betting on eSports has is the regulations and security that needs to be put in place just as with traditional sports.

One important difference from traditional sports leagues vs. eSports leagues is the owners are in the power position when it comes to eSports and the traditional sports leagues/teams are controlled by the owner of the franchises. So eSports owners have all the control.  And eSports betting on TV and various platforms available will bring even more money to the sport.

Tell me about Gamer World News.

Gamer World News is the future ESPN  and CNN global news, information and entertainment platform for eSports, competitive and casual gamers offering the latest technology in video storytelling and news.  We do news in quick ‘potato-chip’ style segments and offer 13 channels of content.  We launched late April 2018 to a flurry of media attention.

We are available at www.gamerworldnews.com, (www.gwne.com), Roku, AppleTV, AndroidTV and AmazonFire, YouTube, FaceBook, and Twitch.  We’re coming soon to mobile and android.  We are in discussions to partner with many recognizable entertainment savvy companies.  We have had over 25 news stories and radio interviews in less than 90 days and will soon be featured in Forbes, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Fortune Magazine, and have a strategic relationship with ‘Eyez.gg’ where we can syndicate our content to potentially 1 billion eyeballs over the course of the next few years.

And we are getting ready to reach out to middle school and high school players in the US and Canada for an exciting new project so stay tuned.

What do you feel is the most exciting recent development in eSports?

Probably the significant audience growth and monies related to Fortnite.  It’s a global phenomenon and I personally know kids from the age of 7 to 70 who have enjoyed playing the game –or let’s say ‘attempting to stay alive’ in the game!  And I have to say the attention that the video game world in general is getting from around the world is a welcome indicator of things to come.

What’s the biggest misconception about eSports or gamers in general?

I still think people have a hard time believing the 42% of the global games market are spectators who love to watch eSports.  It’s no different than 40 years ago when ESPN started showing traditional sports.  It’s fun and even exciting to watch. And we are slowly moving away from the idea it’s that nerdy kid in a basement shut off from the world.

Anything else we should know?

We’re always looking for contributors and storytellers at Gamer World News so send your 1-minute story to contributors@gamerworldnews.com or feedback@gamerworldnews.com

Subscribe to Gamer World News on YouTube, FaceBook and Twitch as we’ve only just begun…and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @GWNeNOW! …Thank you!!

Hailee Steinfeld inspires students at Make Your Dreams Stick event

Hailee Steinfeld kicked off the back-to-school season this past Monday (are we really talking about back to school already?) with Post-it® Brand at the “Make Your Dreams Stick with Post-it® Brand and Hailee Steinfeld” event in New York City, to inspire students to dream big this school year and #makeitstick.

The event included a performance by Hailee and an interactive Q&A with Hailee and Post-it® Brand Global Business Director, Remi Kent. Check out some quotes from Hailee about her goals, facing setbacks, upcoming projects and what inspires her.

Hailee Steinfeld on achieving her goals

“I feel like if you can put [your goals] out into the universe and work tirelessly to achieve [them], then you can do anything ….. you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down and I find that to be true” 

Hailee Steinfeld on inspiration

“I’ve been very, very lucky – I’ve had some incredible people around me my whole life that have inspired me and motivated me – if I can be that person for anyone else, then I consider that a huge honor” 

Hailee Steinfeld on her current goals

“It has been a goal of mine to get out on the road this year so that is coming to life, which is exciting. I also love doing both acting and singing – as long as I can remain doing both, happy and healthy, then that’s my goal”

Hailee Steinfeld on facing setbacks

“Whatever it is that you’re doing, if it makes you happy, then nothing should come in the way of that – of course you will face setbacks, but it is important to stay positive and keep going” 

Hailee Steinfeld on upcoming projects

“I am in the middle of a tour right now with Charlie Puth on the Voice Notes Tour, so that’s been very fun. We are just kinda getting started, so I will be doing that for the majority of my summer and then I have a film called Bumblee coming out around Christmas, which is a spinoff to Transformers”

Do You Really Need To Go To College To Succeed?

It has long been said that there’s a link between college and success. It’s true in some regards. There are many high-level positions which necessitate a college degree. However, not everyone needs to go to college in order to have a satisfying career. While college is beneficial to many, it also comes with a number of drawbacks that should also be considered.

A degree does not equal a career

Once upon a time, the secret to success in life seemed to be getting a college diploma and then seemingly walking right into a well-paying job. Unfortunately, that’s no longer a feasible reality for college graduates around the world. With more and more people getting their degrees, the market has become saturated to the point of the degree losing value. While employers might have previously seen having a diploma as being a bonus, it’s now seen as more of a requirement. If someone’s most significant accomplishment is getting their college diploma, they might as well get in line with thousands of other candidates who can say the same thing.

It seems what’s more much more important than having a degree is having desirable skills.

Despite their association with employment success, colleges are primarily about education, not job training. Unless you’re majoring in a field such as pre-med or physical therapy, with a readily-identifiable career track, it can be challenging to find work after college without a solid list of skills.

Avoiding debt

Student debt in America is now at $1.5 trillion. If you know anyone who has graduated with loan debt, you might hear about how they have tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay back. Even if someone can get a well-paying job out of college, their debt can be so enormous that an unsettling amount of their paycheck needs to go into paying it off. Scholarships and paying in-state tuition help to some extent, but not everyone has those options.

One option that’s worth considering is not going to college. Saving money is an essential skill for everyone to develop, and it can be made a lot easier if you more money to your name. When you opt for a non-college career path, you can make it easier to save for emergencies and pay your bills. The scary state of student debt in America might get even worse before it gets better. If you go to college and aren’t able to pay off your loans, it could significantly damage your credit score, making it difficult to find housing or purchase a car.

Jobs that don’t require a career

Some people would have you believe that you need to go to college or you’re going to be stuck in a dead-end, low-paying job. However, that’s simply not true. All kinds of high-paying careers don’t require a college diploma. Many of these are essential for our society to function properly and require specific abilities.

Some of the highest-paying, non-college jobs include dental hygienist, postal carriers, web developers, and pilots. Think about how much trouble we would get into if those positions weren’t filled by qualified individuals. You might have suspected that at least a couple of those would require a college degree. Even without a bachelor’s, you can still find success in the workforce.

Delaying college

Many people go to and leave college not feeling like they have any sort of understanding as to why they’re doing it. To them, it can seem like going to college is something done out of obligation. This can cause many people to drop out (still with plenty of debt), because they aren’t emotionally mature enough to handle the life changes associated with college or find the proper motivation. Even those who get their degree might leave college wishing they had been better prepared for the transition.

However, going to college can indeed be worthwhile. If you think that you might look to go to college, but don’t think you would be ready at this time, don’t feel pressured to apply. Instead, you can figure out what you want out of life. You can try out different jobs and save money along the way. You can also try volunteering or traveling to expose yourself to how different people live. When the time is right, you can decide to enroll in your college. Alternatively, you can decide that college isn’t the best choice for you.

Getting the most out of college

People who have a specific reason for going to college to are already a step ahead of the people who go for the sole purpose of getting a degree. If you’re planning to go to college, you shouldn’t let anyone discourage you. However, you need to make sure that you’re doing it for the right reasons.

You should have an interest in a career that will require a college diploma. Some things are wonderful to study, but they don’t lend themselves easily to post-college success. If you like the idea of education for education’s sake, that’s great. However, you shouldn’t feel like you’re entitled to the job of your dreams because you went to college.

It’s almost crucial that you consider the financial burden of college. There might be a school that you’ve wanted to attend for years, but if it’s out-of-state and you don’t have a scholarship, it can become almost unfathomably expensive. Apply for as many scholarships and financial aid packages as you can. It’s also worthwhile to narrow your search down to schools that are in-state.

While at college, you need to hold yourself accountable. It’s crucial that you go to class, pay attention, and complete all assignments in a timely fashion. If you find yourself falling behind, speak with your professors and advisor. Just about everyone experiences stress in college, but it only gets worse if you don’t speak up.

The value of networking

People can have trouble after leaving college because they didn’t make any valuable professional contacts while in school. With so much competition in the workforce, networking should be a priority in college. You should sign up for internships for course credit that give you a taste of work experience. You should also consider going to networking events hosted by your school.

Networking is your chance to show employers that you are worthwhile when there’s much less pressure. You can cite recent accomplishments in class, such as projects you received high grades on or skills you’ve obtained, such as learning a new language. When it comes time to leave college, you can have multiple contacts who would love to work with you.

If your college offers any job fairs, you should absolutely attend. Even if you don’t think you’ll get anything out of it, it can still be a worthwhile experience. Look at the various booths and take notes on what each company offers. You might be surprised by which companies stand out to you the most. Take the time to really get to know each business. You should also do your best to stand out. Come prepared with an updated resumé and wear your best business attire.

Not going to college shouldn’t be seen as limiting yourself. It can actually be a matter of freeing yourself from things like student debt or deciding on a career path before you’re ready. When you take the time to consider your priorities, you might find that while college sounds nice, it’s not something that you need to do, either at this time or ever.

Resources:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB121623686919059307

https://www.americanexperiment.org/2017/11/skills-matter-type-degree/

https://www.onlinecash4payday.com/  

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/student-debt-just-hit-15-trillion-2018-05-08

http://teenswannaknow.com/5-ways-to-avoid-student-loan-debt/

http://www.businessinsider.com/high-paying-jobs-that-dont-require-a-bachelors-degree-2015-7

Are you addicted to porn and/or social media? New book teaches how to break free.

One of the problems with our always-connected lives is that many of us are becoming addicted to stuff on the  internet. Porn is easier to access than ever before, and even small kids can come across content which was once unavailable to anyone under 18 years of age. Even for those who stay away from porn, social media presents a different, but just as addictive trap which people cannot stay away from (hello Snapchat streaks).

Author A.N. Turner shares his story of digital dependence and how he broke free in his new book, Breaking the Feedback Loop: How I Liberated Myself from Internet Addiction and How You Can Too. The “digital diet” Turner talks about can be put into practice by anyone who is suffering from their social media or porn habits. The goal is to create healthier habits and help people reconnect with family, friends, school and other parts of “real life.”

We got the chance to interview the author about his experiences with porn and internet addiction. Read on for some fascinating insights into how companies get us addicted on purpose, plus a real person’s struggle and recovery.

Before we get into your book, please tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.

I went to the University of Pennsylvania and played varsity squash. I interned at a partner of Facebook working on advertising technology, then did similar work at Overstock, and soon will be starting again at an advertising technology company in New York. I researched and wrote the book during my junior and senior year at University, and I also worked on it while working in tech. I took a semester off my senior year to focus full time on it. I wrote it while I was correcting my own behavior and relationships with my devices.

Thanks. You worked on software used by some of the largest companies in the world in order to convince people to buy stuff. Could you explain in layman’s terms how this technology works, and what are the potential pitfalls for the end user?

Facebook offers software called Power Editor that any individual or business can use to run ads on Facebook (look it up!). However, some of the largest companies have needs that warrant their own software. For example, because they run many ads across Facebook and it’s other platforms, they look for tools that streamline the creation of ads. That said, Facebook’s out of the box software has been catching up with features offered by its partners and is increasingly better and better able to be used by large companies.

The software allows companies to quickly create, manage, and measure advertising campaigns on Facebook and it’s platforms. In no other advertising system is there the reach, the precise reach, that Facebook has. It lets you precisely target a large number of people who have characteristics relevant to your product or service. Those characteristics are determined through the data that you share as you use the service as well as the data that, at least in the past, has been acquired from third party data brokers. These data brokers are people that sell data on you, to Facebook, that you didn’t give to Facebook when using it, but that helps advertisers target people more effectively. The idea is to optimize the exchange of information between businesses and individuals.

This has tremendous economic value. But it has a cost in that, rather than with a monthly subscription model, with an advertising business model there is every incentive to hook users. This lets more ads be sold, and lets more data to be collected to make the ads more valuable.

What is your book Breaking The Feedback Loop about and why did you write it?

My book helps people understand the costs of things like social media, how those costs are connected to the business model, and how they can change their relationships with technology to improve their lives. There are a lot of economic resources dedicated to hooking people, and so it’s difficult to free yourself and warrants understanding in order to break free. This is told through the first person: through my journey realizing I was hooked, realizing that social media and digital entertainment has every reason to hook you, and realizing that my life would be better if I withdrew from that.

I made changes to my life that I share. The results were amazing, and I highly suggest people wake up and do the same. However, it’s not just about withdrawing from digital abuse. It’s important to improve the quality of your real life. For me that involved spending more time with other people, spending more time on work I enjoyed, and spending more time in nature, among else.

While in the short term you get a burst of pleasure from this digital entertainment, there are underlying costs like subconscious peer comparison and paranoia of surveillance and meaningless and fleeting external validation that NEED to be considered and factored into the time spent. Most people don’t factor in the costs, because they are not aware. I have tried to make people more aware of the costs. There are 100 citations in the book alongside the personal story.

What is the biggest takeaway you would like teenagers to have from the book?

What’s scarce is attention span and confidence. This is the currency of the future. Digital entertainment wears these down. It’s worth spending energy resisting these temptations in order to have the greater benefit of being free from them. It’s important to be able to focus on singular things for sustained periods of time.

And instead of turning to social media and porn and video games when lonely, relationships need to be nurtured. This is what’s going to be best in the long run.

Unfortunately sexual disability is not uncommon among young adults due to the “environmental” influence of porn. The research suggests it wears down dopamine receptor sensitivity, which screws up your ability to have meaningful sexual relationships. This is why drugs like Cialis have become very popular among young adults. The stats make it even more clear. The emergence of free porn tubing sites were easily abused by young adults and have changed the numbers of erectile dysfunction cases drastically.

The greatest competitive advantage you can have is to understand and control these things. Be confident that the energy spent is worth it, because it is. It is really hard as a teenager to do that. Almost impossible. Which is why I think schools and parents need to be involved in regulation. You will be the stars. Find other more productive outlets like real relationships, self reflection, and interests.

Teens are literally addicted to their devices. They go everywhere and check them constantly. What are some of the effects of this addiction?

The effect is reduced life satisfaction, reduced mental health, and reduced physical health. This was suggested recently in a paper related to social media use. However this likely extends to other use cases as well. That said, social media is particularly bad. It gets people hooked on the fleeting high from an artificial external validation of likes and hearts. And there’s the subconscious peer comparison underlying the dopamine hit from seeing information from your friends on the news feed. It’s so concentrated, it gives you a rush. But the concentrated peer comparison is harmful. You now want more external validation, or you want to buy some clothes from ads you see on the side.

Attention spans have reduced, and many young adults turn to drugs to combat that. Many academics believe this is a product of environmental change. Meaning, now our environment — what we interact with — is digital. It’s constantly updating, constantly distracting us, in a powerful, and completely unpredictable way, like the slot machines.

Again, your attention span is everything. It’s what’s going to let you do great things, and have great conversations. This is what’s important for the rest of your life. Don’t sacrifice it with this stuff. The medication is a temporary fix, and will leave you irritable and anxious and also addicted. What are the consequences going to be for these young adults using it so often? Time will tell.

How do companies manipulate us to get us addicted to social media?

Social media companies want you to be hooked. They make more money that way, and the shareholders want them to make more money, so they literally have somewhat of a fiduciary responsibility to do so. They do this through the cycle I reveal in the book, which has never been identified before.

The cycle is streamlined peer comparison on the news feed, which leads to insecurity, which leads to the desire to upload content for validation, or the desire to purchase products in the ads. The validation from the likes and hearts is meaningless and fleeting, and often leaves you more empty than before. So now you’re seeking that next hit, or trying to escape reality through the dopamine from the news feed, which only leads to more peer comparison.

You are not connected. You are alone. What you need to do is see people in the real world and as minimalist a life as possible on social media. Sorry, I said it.

What do you think the danger is from watching porn online?

The danger is really large. You can get a massive dopamine spike from the novelty you can browse through. You can watch multiple videos in one sitting. You can fast forward and rewind. You can toggle between videos in different tabs at once. This is not natural. But this is easy to do, and hard to avoid. So then your receptivity to sexual stimulation reduces and you become more apathetic.

Your consumption of novelty may escalate to support the constant dopamine highs you are expecting. All of a sudden now you are watching content you may have previously found disgusting and this is really tough for people. The difficulty is it’s easy to escalate, difficult to resist, and thus needs to be completely resisted.

I think it also messes up your relationship with your computer, a source of productivity. Don’t excessively deplete your energy. Save it for what’s important and keep the ability to have real relationships. You may not be able to have an erection or ejaculate as a young adult if you continue to use it.

If you had the power to regulate the Internet to prevent some of the bad effects you talk about, what would you suggest?

I think education is important. To be prepared for life as a young person you need to understand these issues. Integration in curriculum would be helpful. At a certain point, people will always have opiates and similar versions of opiates, and the important thing is to be able to moderate them if you think it’s worth it for your life to do so. My belief having reviewed the research is that it is for the vast majority of people.

How did you break free personally?

I broke free by gradually reducing the digital stimulation in my life while making my real life more meaningful. So, gradually reducing use of social media and porn, among else, while also having more relationships, going out more, and spending more time on interests. It has been invaluable.

Now I use social media moderately, in complete control. And I haven’t watched porn in over two years. One of the things that helped most with social media, and sorry I haven’t mentioned this yet, is stopping checking notifications. No more notifications. They are random, unpredictable reward, which leads to obsession. You reduce anxiety over who interacted with your profile. The benefit isn’t worth getting hooked.

Make your profile more private by changing your settings so you have less obsession about this. Have less photos and friends. Only real friends.

Where can people find out more or get help for their own social media or porn habits?

Your Brain on Porn by Gary Wilson is a great resource. He reviewed my book after publishing and he is quoted multiple times.

There is not much else on social media. Reading Hooked by Nir Eyal can help you understand why you feel addicted, which can help you escape. Mary Anne Layden at UPenn has done great research on this topic. The forum NoFap on Reddit has 300K+ subscribers posting about the topic of porn specifically. Your parents may not understand these issues, and your friends may not talk about them, but you are not alone.

What do you have coming up next?

I’m promoting this work so that people who need it will see it. I soon start working again and will no doubt get new perspectives. I pursue my interests and focus on being social to offset these addictions.

Could we please get a selfie so our readers can get a better feel for the real you? : )

Modern Decoration Ideas For The Trendy Teen

Make your friends envious of your great trendy room by considering a few changes. Feel your freedom of expression come alive and get those creative ideas flowing. Whether you see your room as a room for relaxing or entertaining, these decorating ideas will give you the latest in the mood-setting atmosphere. Wall sketches, furniture or memorabilia, are great ways to spice up a room. Check out these trendy ways to bring out your best and feel right at home in your own room.

Wall Doodles

Got an idea that is driving you crazy? Jot it down on a huge chalkboard that takes up an entire wall. Don’t let this opportunity for a future idea to slip away but put all your thoughts, dreams and interests where they will always draw your attention. Stock it with plenty of chalk and erasers, so instant scribbling is convenient. Don’t let those thoughts go to waste, but get that idea out there before it gets lost in the creases of your mind. Also, consider cork boards for pinning up exciting papers and pictures.

Bed Footboards

A footboard can consist of any piece of furniture you like. A portable bar, chest or dresser will become the centerpiece for friends to gather and talk. Mimicking a kitchen island, you will have a place to sprawl out, set down drinks and phones and have eye-to-eye contact with others. It will also keep clean up to a minimum by designating one area to hang out.

Platform Beds

Modern platform beds are a must in the world of teenagers. Simple, sleek and inviting, they come in different styles and sizes. An oversized base can serve as a nightstand for those little items like remote controls, small lamps or change. If you prefer to keep a bed positioned on the entire base, select a small, low table for items. Some modern platform beds are available with storage drawers to limit large dressers. Teens of today are not into frills, but prefer clean straight lines.

Vertical Writing Areas

Having an area for study is functional. However, no teen wants to be reminded of work unless it is necessary. Pick a corner that is as far away from sleep and entertaining as possible. This space only needs to be 3 to 4 feet wide for setting up a counter or chair. Use the wall above for storage with square cubicles or shelves. The study will be there when needed, but away from the relaxation of a bedroom.

Fur and Shag Rugs

Okay, don’t admit it, but fur and shag is a favorite to teens. The warm and luxurious feel underfoot brings comforting thoughts. Select a rug that is plain in black or white or a stand out neon color. You will never be sorry as you step out of bed and onto this luscious fuzzy rug. A favorite color or design can also be used if your room needs some dressing up. If you’re really feeling the need for snuggling, pick up a couple of soft, furry pillows as well.

Ceiling Art

Whether you choose a fab hanging light or decals that travel up the wall and across the ceiling, this is one area that always gets a lot of attention. While lying in bed, you may find yourself pondering the anticipation of adulthood or anticipating an upcoming event. Having an uplifting, non-demanding focal point will help to stay focused for thinking. Pick out a creative hanging ceiling light or fun decals, like feet or arrows, that walk across the length of the ceiling.

Simple Window Treatments

Roman shades are definitely in with the teens. They are strict, modern, and space-saving. They also provide that needed privacy with remote control or cord and cleat operation. They can also add a needed burst of color or texture where needed. If draperies are desired, keep them neat and straightforward. Stay away from outlandish designs and make sure that they are easy to open and close. Today’s teens aren’t looking for perfect design as much as function when it comes to window treatments.

Organizational Options

Closet doors are not as important as they once were. Remove a closet door to make more room, plus get motivated to hang up clothes instead of piling them on the closet floor. Adjustable shelves are also great for adding needed space for books, electronics, and gizmos that are always getting lost. By making shelves different sizes, they can easily fit any need. Containers, baskets and portable carts also come in useful for clearing away items while organizing.

A simple and straightforward room will give you the space for many different purposes. By making just a few updates, you can entertain, study, dream and get a peaceful night’s sleep all in one area.

Be sure to check out more articles here for more ideas and current trends!

References:

Modern Digs

Architectural Digest

Homedit

Fresh Home

FREE 3 month Trial to Leading K-Pop and K-Drama Shows! KOCOWA, Celebrates Surging Popularity for Korean TV Content in the US

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Korea Content Platform (KCP) LLC, a joint venture between the three leading Korean broadcasters (KBS, MBC and SBS), is celebrating the one-year anniversary launch of its Internet subscription service, KOCOWA, which streams the most popular Korean television programs on-demand in the United States. KOCOWA meets the strong demand for K-Pop (Korean pop music and idol groups) and K-drama (Korean films and TV series) in the US – all delivered 5-hours after airing in Korea. KOCOWA has also partnered with the global OTT service, Rakuten Viki, as its first distribution partner in the US to reach a highly engaged Gen-Z and Millennial audience.

“We are extremely pleased to see how well KOCOWA has been received by various US market segments over the past year,” said KCP CEO, KunHee Park. “We will reach over half a million registered viewers this year. The majority of our viewers are young, female and non-Asian. Our TASTE 24 premium service, which provides the previous evening’s prime-time shows with high-quality subtitles, is very popular with our subscribers.”

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A sampling of KOCOWA’s new, hot, Korean Variety shows include:

• ‘Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth’
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• ‘Star Show 360’
• ‘Running Man’

About KCP and KOCOWA
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What You Need To Know About Motorcycle Safety

It seems like there would be nothing to compare to the feeling of freedom associated with the wind in your hair while riding on a motorcycle on a cool night. That being said, this can be incredibly unsafe for reasons that will be discussed in this article. There is nothing wrong with riding a motorcycle, but there are some very important aspects of it to remember.

What Gear is Required?

It has been shown through recent statistics that those who drive motorcycles are overall twenty-six times more likely to die. The unfortunate truth is that many of these deaths can be avoided by only wearing the proper safety gear and equipment.

Laws vary depending on where you are driving and in what conditions you are driving in. However, just because something is allowed, does not mean that it is safe for you! For example, many states do not require a helmet to ride a motorcycle, but one should always be worn to protect your head.

Another important thing to remember is to cover as much skin as possible. This will help protect against bugs or rocks kicked up by cars. To do this, make sure you wear pants, never shorts. Gloves, boots, and a jacket should all also be worn every time you ride on a motorcycle to offer the greatest amount of protection.

What Happens if I Crash?

Through the engineering of their structure and materials, cars offer a considerable degree of protection to their driver and passengers in the event of an accident. The steel frame will support a great deal of impact force, and the windshield provides protection from oncoming materials. Not so for motorcycles. Those safety features are not present which results in the rider being in the direct path of collisions. Bodies are not as strong as cars, and in the event of an accident, the rider will most likely be more damaged than anything else. 

The takeaway: be more cautious on a bike than on a car!

Riding a motorcycle can be an expression of personal freedom and individuality, perfect for a teenager or beginner driver. In many cases, motorcycles can be more fuel efficient than much larger cars. However, as mentioned, it is crucial to remember what gear will keep you safe, how protected you are while riding a motorcycle, and when it is appropriate to ride.

References:

https://www.hawklawfirm.com/charleston-motorcycle-accident-lawyer/

https://www.bestbeginnermotorcycles.com/5-pieces-gear-need-ride-motorcycle/