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Healthy Texting

As we all know, it can be a real challenge to get teens to pay attention to anything that’s more than 140 characters. So when we came across this new study from the University of Arizona that looked at the effectiveness of texting health information to teens, we were pretty eager to know more. Over the course of a year, the 177 adolescents participating in the study received daily health-conscious texts from the researchers. Then the teens gave their feedback on everything from content and style to frequency and form. […]

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Brain Fatigue—The Effects of Concrete, Nature, and Bees

  As you may or may not know, Choices magazine (and Scholastic Inc.) is based in New York City. And contrary to what the movies may make you think, most afternoons here are not spent taking carriage rides and romantic strolls in Central Park. Yet scientists say that the human mind can take only so much city living  until you succumb to brain fatigue. Brain fatigue, as in stress-induced forgetfulness, distraction, and mental walkabouts. (Sound familiar?) One way to fight brain fatigue is to stroll through calm leafy parks. In […]

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Are We Really Connecting?

We often use technology to save time, but increasingly, it either takes the saved time along with it, or makes the saved time less present, intimate and rich. I worry that the closer the world gets to our fingertips, the further it gets from our hearts. It’s not an either/or — being “anti-technology” is perhaps the only thing more foolish than being unquestioningly “pro-technology” — but a question of balance that our lives hang upon. —Jonathan Safran Foer, How Not to be Alone

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Texting While Walking is A Dumb Move

We all know that teens are addicted to their phones. Making it through a meal, a class, or even a conversation without an interrupting text seems almost like a distant fantasy. But many teens are having trouble looking up for anything—even oncoming traffic. Last summer, researchers in Seattle monitored the habits of pedestrians at busy crosswalks. Of the 1,100+ subjects studied, almost a third were listening to music, texting, on talking on a cell phone while crossing the street. Of all of the participants, those texting took the longest to […]

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