As someone in the communication profession, I read a lot of writing. And edit a lot of writing. And do a lot of writing. Sometimes, even I get confused over which words to use, especially if I’ve been editing or writing for a long period of time. It happens to everyone, and in most cases, it can be easily fixed.
If you’re unsure about grammar usage or spelling, the best thing to do is Google it. In this technology-driven, fast-paced world, you can ask a question and find an answer much sooner than you can walk to your bookshelf, pull down a dictionary, flip to the T chapter, and find ‘that.’ Not that there is anything wrong with looking up words in the dictionary. But if you’re like me and aren’t certain where you put your dictionary, you’re better off using that laptop.
Although I know a thing or two about grammar and spelling, I still find myself looking up the difference between ‘affect’ and ‘effect’ occasionally. I know that ‘affect’ is a verb and ‘effect’ is a noun, but it’s easy to confuse the two in some sentences. Lucky for us, today’s handy infographic shows some of the more common misspelled or misused words.
The information below may affect the way you use some of these words, or at least clear up any confusion. However, if you don’t read it all the way through, it may have no effect on you at all. (See what I did there?)
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We have so many ways to entertain ourselves, but we still get bored. Why? Is too much information that we see and/or read affecting our daily lives? For example, enough tweets are written by everyone in a single day to fill a 10 million page book. It is difficult for us to understand the amount of data created daily.
Our culture is being subjected to information overload. The infographic shows the sheer volume of information. Americans spend 60 hours a week looking at information on social media platforms, which is more than a full time job. Also, the average person on social media platforms receives 285 pieces of information a day. That equals to 54,000 words and 443 minutes of video.
Another fact shown below is that we spend 16 minutes of every hour on social media platforms. Additionally, 82 percent of the world’s online population is reached by social media platforms – that is 1.2 billion people online.
The next time you feel the urge to post information about the routine events of your life, think twice. Instead, go and read a book, take a walk, or have a face-to-face conversation with a friend.
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The world is large, y’all. And there’s a bunch of people in it. And several of those people, especially those of you reading this right now, use the Internet. It’s amazing that so many people can be connected by the Internet. I mean, I’m not physically connected to you, but you are reading this right now, and we are connected in that way. These are my thoughts, my words, on your computer screen. You are reading them, and my thoughts, my words, are becoming yours. We are one. Now join me, as I guide us through a traditional Zen meditation, followed by a chakra engagement through common yoga forms.
But it is amazing how much closer the Internet brings us. There are facets of the World Wide Web that you will never know about. But there is even more knowledge about the world and the universe as a whole that you would have never encountered had the Internet not made it accessible to you. We are living in the information age. And every time you post on Facebook, you are reaching more people than just those on your friends list. And it is constantly affecting everything.
I apologize that this post just turned into an unstoppable thought train, barreling through the explosiveness of realization, but the Internet is just mind-blowing. Take a look at this infographic and see just how many people are connected.
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Ever had a case of the winter blues? Seasonal affective disorder, or more commonly termed “the Winter Blues,” is a variant form of depression occurring most commonly throughout the late fall months and into the heart of winter. Estimated to affect nearly 10 million Americans annually, seasonal affective disorder may prevent you or a loved one from getting as much enjoyment out of life as you would like during the cold winter months.
Although SAD is not considered as serious of a psychological disorder as the drastic spike in chronic depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders, it is still a combatant to natural happiness in human beings that should be addressed. The jury is still out on the exact causes of this psychological mood disorder, but most trace its origins to decreased exposure to sunlight and an increase in colder temperatures. As a result, psychiatrists are recommending those who suffer from SAD to try out “light therapy” as a natural remedy to their ailments. There are numerous light therapy device options, with the most common being SAD lamps or light boxes that require you to sit in front for nearly 60 minutes, on a daily basis.
The most innovative light therapy option may in fact be Re-Timer’s new wearable light device. Emitting a UV-free green light capable of a 506 lux max setting, and a daily required use of only 30 minutes, Re-Timer offers consumers a convenient, portable solution to seasonal depression. Additionally, Re-Timer and other light therapy options provide depressed Americans with an alternative to anti-psychotic drugs such as Prozac, Zoloft, and Xanax, which are becoming more and more commonly prescribed. Check out today’s infographic for more details on Re-Timer’s innovative new product.
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I’m a burrito fiend. Ok, I’m from Austin, so tacos come first and foremost, but burritos aren’t far behind. The mix of base ingredients used in all Mexican cooking is probably my favorite food. When combined altogether in one huge tortilla, the blend of flavor is fantastic.
If I’m not making my own burrito at home, I’m not afraid to hit up my local burrito chain. Taco Bell, you’re a disgrace to Mexican cuisine. The Quesorito is the nastiest menu item you’ve thought up, and all of your food laughs in the face of fresh, veggie-heavy dishes native to south of the border.
Okay, enough hate, more burrito love. My homemade specialty includes sliced teriyaki chicken, fresh pico, spicy salsa, peppered rice, queso fresco, black beans, roasted jalapeños, freshly chopped spinach, sautéed bell peppers & onions, and a healthy amount of avocado. All this rolled up in one huge spinach tortilla makes my mouth water, but wait – there’s more. I’m not only making myself lunch for the day; I’ll make up to a dozen of them at once and then freeze the rest for later meals. Yes, I am a genius, thank you very much.
Go get yourself a burrito today – you deserve it. [Extra’s aren’t Extra]