Your Technology is Keeping You Awake [Infographic]

November 28, 2012 |  by  |  Health, Tech  |  2 Comments
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It’s getting to that time of the year where we realize procrastination has gotten the best of us and we need to cram for all of the finals that we have. Be warned though, late-night screen staring can seriously mess with your sleep cycle! Whether it’s late night study session or just a night-cap Netflix episode or Facebook statuses to fall asleep to, looking at a computer screen shortly before bed could be very unhealthy. In fact, the act of checking texts, emailing, Facebooking, or anything else on the web before bed has become a habit for over 95% of survey participants! This probably includes you too.

How do all of these things keep you from a good night’s sleep you ask? Well for one thing, when your mind is obsessed with checking messages constantly, it can effect your head – one in two people say that if they wake in the night for no reason, they’ll check their phone right away. But what about my netflix? Surely Netflix before bed can’t be too bad right? Well, the fact is that two-hour exposure to light from electronic displays suppresses melatonin by 22%! This doesn’t just affect your sleep but also stress and depressive symptoms. Consider using flux to dim that electronic display or just make a conscious effort not to use your computer too close to bed-time!

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Sys Admins Revealed! [infographic]

November 27, 2012 |  by  |  Tech  |  No Comments
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Have you every wondered about the faces behind the IT department? Who fixes your computer and keeps your work day running smoothly. Today’s infographic gives you the inside scoop on some of the handiest employees at your company. Solarwinds conducted a study, revealing the ins and outs of a typical systems administrator.

There are many quirky facts noted in today’s infographic. Did you know that the majority of systems administrators are PC users, Android users and love Batman. They like to hang with friends and family, play Call of Duty on Xbox and drink beer.

Additionally, there are some work struggles facing systems administrators. 22% feel they are paid too little and 16% are concerned about their increasing workload. Fortunately, those going into the industry find satisfaction in helping others and problem solving, so the benefits often outweigh the cons. Are you a systems administrator? Do you agree with the findings? We would love to know! [Via]

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Diabetes by the Numbers [Infographic]

November 26, 2012 |  by  |  Health, Lifestyle  |  1 Comment
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We Americans love our sweets, that’s a fact. There are hundreds of varieties of candies and cakes out there; enough to satisfy even the largest of sweet-tooths (you can even get fried Coca-Cola at some county fairs! Fried soda!). Though we do love these treats, there should be general restraint used. That’s not to say they should be cut out entirely; eating sweets in limited quantity every once in awhile might not be so bad, but it’s once you start habitually over-consuming that the problems can occur. One of the (obvious) unintended consequences of this sugar over-consumption is the toll that can be taken on your health, specifically in the form of diabetes.

Today’s infographic from jsonline.com gives us an overview of Americans with diabetes. According to the graphic, more than 8% of the U.S. population has diabetes. While that might not seem like a huge percentage, it still equals out to around 28 million people who are afflicted! Diabetes is also a leading cause of limb amputation, but with comprehensive foot care programs the number of limbs lost could be reduced drastically.

For more information on diabetes in America refer to the infographic below. [Via]

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Roomba by Numbers [infographic]

November 25, 2012 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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Howdy folks! I hope you all have had a wonderful week/weekend of rest. The infographic that I have for you today fits in with the sit back and relax theme. iRobots. True, the majority of people do not own such luxuries, but when one’s a busy person like yourself, who wouldn’t want to come home to a pristine floor (that they didn’t spend a minute on)?

What’s even better than getting to be lazy about at least one thing in your life is that you can claim you have Jesse Pinkman’s awesome toy. Come on, who wouldn’t want to be more connected to the genius of Breaking Bad? People would come over to your house and think you’re the coolest stuff eva.

But enough with the sales pitch. This infographic tells us some of the facts about Roomba’s in general. It lets us know in what settings they are used (including space!), how many weird things they pick up, and the different animals that have been lucky enough to ride around on one. These things are as cool as my mom’s feet—which are pretty darn cold. Hope y’all have a great Sunday! Keep that relaxin feeling! [irobot]

 

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Money 101: For Parents & Teens [infographic]

November 24, 2012 |  by  |  Education  |  2 Comments
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I know I’ve ranted about this subject before, but in my opinion financial management education is one of the most important learning experiences for teenagers. “Money doesn’t grow on trees!” I was always told, and I took it to heart. I very rarely spent birthday or holiday money on things I wanted. I put it in the bank and saved. Of course now in college I’ve spent a ton of my savings, but all those times putting money away has made my current financial situation a little above average.

I always had parents who taught me the importance of personal finance coupled with teachers who would go out of their way and introduce financial management lessons into an english or science class. They know that kids need to know how to take care of their money, and to my benefit they sacrificed valuable class time to teach us.

Today’s graphic shows the many ways teens acquire money, one of the most popular being chores. I never got paid to do chores, or yard work. It was always “for the good of the family”. I got a job as soon as I turned 16 and nothing felt better than getting my own paycheck. Still doesn’t. Money management for teens can be challenging, but Bank of America lends a hand with a Money 101 guide on teenager saving and spending. [Bank of America]

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