Most folks lead pretty hectic lives these days, leaving them little time to get things done. So, just how bad can things get? Well, according to a new poll, the average American is so busy they have 14 things on their to-do list that they just keep putting off, while 21% say they actually have more than 20 items they aren’t doing.
The survey by H&R Block finds that 60% of Americans are currently putting off basic tasks like cleaning, making a stop at the bank, or even doing their taxes. And it’s perfectly understandable when the results of the study show most Americans really only have four hours and 26 minutes of free time a week. If that isn’t bad enough, 40% of folks say they have even less than that.
So, what are some of the biggest things people are putting off? Well, for 37% of people it’s doing odd jobs around the house, and another 36% say it’s going for their medical checkup.Other tasks being put off include:
- Sorting out cabinets/spring cleaning (34%)
- Paying bills (33%)
- Sorting paperwork (32%)
- Taking unwanted items to the store or selling them online (30%)
- Fixing or mending items/clothing (30%)
- Going for a haircut (30%)
- Catching up with friends (29%)
- Budget planning/reviewing your finances (29%)
It isn’t uncommon to hear folks saying “Hey Alexa,” or “OK Google” in their home each day, thanks to the increasing popularity of smart speakers, but it seems while folks are having fun with these devices, some people are a bit worried about having them in their homes, especially when it comes to their kids.
According to a new “USA Today” poll, privacy is a huge issue for parents when it comes to such smart speakers, and there may be good reason for it. The poll finds that 40% of parents with children ages two to eight say they have a device like an Amazon Echo or Google Home, with close to 60% saying their kids interact with the device’s voice-activated assistant.
But even though they have those devices, many are worried about what those devices are hearing. In fact, 58% of parents are concerned about hacking, allowing the device to listen to their conversations, with 40% actually turning off their speakers to keep it from happening.
As for how kids are interacting with these devices, it seems most kids don’t really think they are speaking to a real person. Instead, 39% think the voice assistant is a robot and 26% believe it is a computer program. As for what the speakers are mostly used for, playing music is the most popular use (47%), followed by getting information (12%), talking or fooling around with it (12%) and getting jokes (10%). In addition, about 40% of parents say their six to eight year old uses their assistant for homework help.
Other findings from the survey:
- 70% of parents believe it’s important their kids are polite to their device’s assistant
- 68% of parents insist their kids aren’t mean or rude to their assistants
- 55% of parents aren’t concerned about their kids’ communications skills being affected by their interactions with heir assistant
- Half of parents say their kids interact with their speaker once a day or more
The baseball season is officially here, which means a lot of people will be headed to the ballpark in the coming months, and eating plenty of stadium food. And while lots of ballparks these days are adding more gourmet food choices, it seems most people will stick with a game day staple – the hot dog.
A survey by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council find that fans are expected to chow down on 18.3 million hot dogs and nearly four million sausages during the coming baseball season. Los Angeles Dodgers fans projected to eat the most hot dogs this season, about 2.7 million, with Chicago Cubs fans coming in a distant second with 1.2 million hot dogs.
As for sausages, San Francisco Giants fans are projected to consume the most, about 450,000, followed again by Cubs fans, who’ll consume bout 400,000. Interestingly, hot dogs are by far more popular than sausages in all ballparks, except Brewers’ Miller Park, which is the only stadium where sausage sales are higher than hot dogs.
But in a lot of parks, folks won’t be eating just your plain old hot dog and mustard (no ketchup), with many MLB stadiums offering gourmet options,including:
- Arizona Diamondbacks– The "Big Jalapeño Popper Dog," a foot-long hot dog with roasted jalapeño cream cheese, bacon, crispy jalapenos, and onions and the "All Day Breakfast Dog," with hash browns, country gravy, cheddar cheese, bacon, fried eggs, hot sauce and green onion onto an 18-inch hot dog.
- Chicago Cubs- The "Southwest Fiesta Specialty Hot Dog," a beef frank topped with chili-lime crema, pico de gallo, tortilla strips and house-made pickled peppers.
- Detroit Tigers' - The "Coney Dog Egg Roll," an egg roll stuffed with cut-up hot dogs and chili, drizzled in mustard and sprinkled with onions.
- Texas Rangers- the "RWB (Red, White & Blue) Dog,” a beef frank, flanked by red and blue pickle relish, pleasing the palate with a blend of savory, sweet and spice.
- Minnesota Twins- the "Boomstick,” a two-foot-long dog smothered in chili, nacho cheese, grilled onions and jalapeños.
fter a male students ranked a group of female classmates by appearance, the girls took matters into their own hands. The teen girls felt they’d had enough of the “boys will be boys” mindset and fought back hard. The list was created by an 18-year-old boy at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and other male students contributed, ranking young women at the school on a scale of 5.5 to 9.4, according to the “The Washington Post.”
As you can imagine, when female students found out their names were on that list, they felt degraded and objectified by their peers. So the group of girls on the list took action, reporting the list to school officials and asking the guys involved to face consequences. And in response, the school gave one male student one day of in-school suspension.
But these young women didn’t feel like that was enough, so 40 of them, all seniors, went together to the assistant principal’s office and asked for their learning environment to be free from “objectification and misogyny.” This led to the school holding a meeting with about 80 students that lasted for hours and gave the females a chance to talk directly to their male classmates about how the list hurt them. They schooled them on the double standards and sexual harassment they deal with on a daily basis and in the end, the creator of the list - who has remained anonymous - took responsibility for his actions.
“I recognize that I’m in a position in this world generally where I have privilege. I’m a white guy at a very rich high school,” the list-maker says now. “It’s easy for me to lose sight of the consequences of my actions and kind of feel like I’m above something.”