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It’s no secret that lots of kids these days spend too much time in front of screens, and now Netflix is being accused of trying to make things worse by encouraging them to be binge watchers.

The streaming site is testing a new feature that rewards kids with “patches” for watching TV shows like “Fuller House,” “Trollhunter” or “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” They say the patches are just a way of “adding an element of fun and providing kids something to talk about and share around the titles they love,” but some experts are worried that incentivizing TV watching will create a new generation of binge watchers

“It’s designed to turn kids into lobbyists and undermine parents’ limits,” Josh Golin, executive director of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, tells Gizmodo. “Children like to collect things. So this will probably be incredibly effective at getting kids wanting to watch more and more Netflix.”

But Netflix insists the patches can’t lead to bigger problems, and say kids can’t access other content using the patches, and they don’t necessarily have to watch several episodes to earn their rewards. 

Source: Gizmodo

There’s no doubt a corporation’s reputation matters to most customers, and it seems some companies do a much better job of maintaining a good one than others.

The Harris Poll has come out with their annual Reputation Quotient Summary Report, revealing corporate reputation ratings for the 100 most visible companies in the U.S., as perceived by the general public, and it seems Amazon surely must be doing something right. The online retailer is number one for a third year in a row. The shopping site has actually been in the top spot for the past five years, with the exception of 2015.

But some well-known companies saw a huge reputation drop this year. For example, Apple was fifth last year and this year they dropped all the way down to 29th, while Google went from eight to 28.

Top Ten Companies Based on Reputation

  2. Wegmans Food Markets Inc.
  3. Tesla Motors
  4. Chick-fil-A
  5. The Walt Disney Co
  6. HEB Grocery Company LP
  7. United Parcel Service Inc
  8. Publix Super Markets
  9. Patagonia Inc.
  10. Aldi Inc.

As for the worst, Japanese auto parts supplier Takata Corp came in last. This is the company whose air bags have been linked to at least 22 deaths and hundreds of injuries, prompting the largest recall in automotive history. Also way down on the list is The Weinstein Company, which is at 99ththanks to the sexual misconduct accusations against Harvey Weinstein.

Source: Reuters

As we previously told you a new report by WalletHub named Fremont, California as the happiest place in the U.S. to live, but a new report is challenging that finding. 

The annual “Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being: 2016 Community Rankings” has just come out and for the third year in a row it's named Naples, Florida and the surrounding areas of Immokalee and Marco Island the happiest and healthiest place to live in the U.S. It marks the first time an area has topped the list for three consecutive years since the poll began.

The rankings were determined by questioning residents in 185 cities about their physical health, social ties, financial security, community and sense of purpose. Naples earned high marks in al five areas, with residents reporting good health, while enjoying warm relationships, a sense of safety and good financial health, along with very little depression and stress.

And it’s pretty apparent that there are certain parts of the country where happiness and health is more prevalent, considering five states - California, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina and Virginia. - account for 17 of the top 25 spots on the list.

Ten Happiest & Healthiest Communities In The U.S.

  1. Naples–Immokalee–Marco Island, Florida
  2. Barnstable Town, Massachusetts
  3. Boulder, Colorado
  4. Santa Cruz–Watsonville, California
  5. Charlottesville, Virginia
  6. Lynchburg, Virginia
  7. North Port–Sarasota–Bradenton, Florida
  8. Santa Rosa, California
  9. Prescott, Arizona
  10. San Luis Obispo–Paso Robles–Arroyo Grande, California

And just like last year Fort Smith, on the boarder of Arkansas and Oklahoma, ranked dead last on the report, mostly because of their health issues, with the area having some of the highest smoking and obesity rates in the country. (Yikes!)

Ten Unhappiest & Unhealthiest Communities In The U.S.

  1. Fort Smith, Arkansas–Oklahoma
  2. Canton–Massillon, Ohio
  3. Gulfport–Biloxi–Pascagoula, Mississippi
  4. Hickory–Lenoir–Morganton, North Carolina
  5. Binghamton, New York
  6. South Bend–Mishawaka, Indiana–Michigan
  7. Erie, Pennsylvania
  8. Fayetteville, North Carolina
  9. Rockford, Illinois
  10. Flint, Michigan

Source: Today

Growing up with sisters really is the best and worst of times. They’re your best friends but also steal your favorite shoes and never give them back. And according to recent research, having sisters can actually make you a better person.

Researchers from Brigham Young University found that having sisters boosts both self-esteem and mental health. And research shows siblings with sisters try to protect them from “feeling lonely, unloved, guilty, self-conscious and fearful.” So if you’re working that hard to protect someone else’s feelings like that, it shows you’re more nurturing and empathetic.

“What we know suggests that sisters play a role in promoting positive mental health,” explains Brigham Young University assistant professor Alex Jensen. “Later in life they often do more to keep families in contact with one another after the parents pass.”

This research also shows that all that fighting sisters do actually has an upside, too. Turns out all that arguing makes sisters better at communication and conflict resolution, so you can thank your sister for that.

Source: Scary Mommy

Warm weather is right around the corner, which means it’s almost time for open-toe shoes and sandals. But before you expose your toes to the world after a long, cold winter, you’ll probably want to get a pedicure. And while having your feet worked on, filed and polished is a relaxing form of self-care, pedicures do come with some potential dangers.

Michele Green, a cosmetic dermatologist, warns that there are a lot of possible infections lurking inside that foot basin, including bacteria, fungi, and wart viruses. So take these precautions to protect yourself before your next pedicure.

  • Skip the shave - The American Academy of Dermatology advises to “Shave your lower legs after getting a pedicure, not before.” Don’t shave before you go because if you nick yourself, your pedicure could put you at risk for an infection. And your nail tech has seen hairy legs before, don’t worry.
  • Bring your own tools - Green suggests investing in your own nail kit to bring with you if you get regular treatments.
  • Do a mental inspection - If you use their tools, check out how clean they are. Then look around the rest of the salon, look at everything from the foot baths to the seating area to make sure it all looks clean and tools are disinfected. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about safety and hygiene and if you feel like they’re being sketchy, don’t let them do your nails.
  • Say no to cuticle cutting - Gentle pushing is all you need and cutting them can leave skin vulnerable to infection.
  • Avoid the gimmicks - Go for a simple soak, massage, and color. Steer clear of those gimmicky treatments, like fish pedicures where tiny fish nibble away rough skin. The results are uneven and some say have had fish bite deep enough to draw blood, once again raising the risk for infection. And all you want is pretty toes, so why take a chance?

Source: Huffington Post

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