The American Academy of Pediatrics issued an updated policy yesterday urging parents to keep laptops and smartphones out of kids' bedrooms, with one author saying "many parents are clueless" about the profound impact media exposure can have on their children. "This is the 21st century and they need to get with it," added Dr. Victor Strasburger, a University of New Mexico adolescent medicine specialist. "I guarantee you that if you have a 14-year-old boy and he has an Internet connection in his bedroom, he is looking at pornography." Consumption of media is now "the leading activity for children and teenagers other than sleeping," the policy says.
A recent survey found that just 19 percent of workers in the U.S. and Canada take lunch breaks away from their desks on a regular basis. (Depressing.) But doing that is likely to make you worse at your job. Here are 10 things that successful people do during lunch:
HuffPo has compiled a convenient checklist of common phrases to avoid when in the company of women, whether it be a family member, coworker, or significant other
1. Relax. 2. Can't you see that you're just torturing yourself for no reason? 3. Who taught you how to parallel park? 4. If you think it's worth it then I guess it must be worth it. 5. Don't make such a big deal about everything.
6. How could you NOT think that was absolutely hilarious? It was, hands-down, the funniest thing I've seen in my whole life. You have no sense of humor. Seriously. 7. You already know how I feel about you. Why do you keep asking? 8. I'll get to it when I get to it. 9. It's not a competition. 10. Calm down. 11. Next time, try buying shoes that fit. 12. You look fine. It's not like you're the center of attention anyhow. 13. I think a "real feminist" wouldn't act the way you're acting. 14. Get over it. 15. Maybe that's what you heard, but it's not what I said. 16. Whoa, you're so sensitive.
With a government shutdown now a reality, it's a bit harder to have a sense of humor about Washington's decision to stop paying hundreds of thousands of federal workers, shut down national parks and otherwise hamper the everyday lives of Americans. Luckily, Twitter can inject some laughter into an otherwise unfunny situation thanks to its new hashtag, #shutdownpickuplines. Here are 16 of Huffington Post's favorites. Who knew there were so many jokes to make out of the word "furlough?"
Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy, but I'm on furlough, so call me, maybe?
Unlike some branches of government, I will always listen to you.
You should furlough that zero and appropriate this hero.
Where have you been sequestered all my life?
The library is closing, mind if I check you out instead?
Do you work for the government? Because you shut. It. Down.
My resolution continues ALL NIGHT.
Baby, I let the government shut down so I could spend the whole day with you.
Hey girl, I'm not a doctor and you don't have health care... but I'll check you out any time.
NASA is losing 97% of its funding, and I am losing 97% of my inhibitions.
You're essential to me.
Hey girl, I've got a budget to spend by midnight, and we're both off work tomorrow.
Congress might be closed, but we can always have a caucus at my place.
You down for some Four-Score play at the Lincoln Memorial? It's unguarded.
Let's go back to your House.
Hey girl, how about we just lay furlough tonight and watch reruns of The West Wing.