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As we previously told you, a recent survey revealed that 51% of Americans say they are unable to take a lunch break, and now a new survey looks into just how little time folks take out of their workday to consume a mid-day meal.

A new poll by Robert Half finds that for 56% of American workers the typical lunch break lasts 30 minutes or less, with only 27% of workers saying they actually get an hour for lunch and 7% saying they get between zero and ten minutes. 

Overall, folks in Salt Lake City, Utah get the shortest breaks for lunch, followed by Des Moines, Iowa and Cincinnati, Ohio, while workers in San Francisco actually get the longest breaks, followed by Los Angeles and Miami.

And the truth is, regardless of how long a lunch break is, few people are using that break just to eat. The most common use of a lunch break is to surf the web or social media (52%), followed by catching up with personal calls or emails (51%). Other uses for a lunch break include:

  • Socialize with co-workers (47%)
  • Run errands (32%)
  • Read (32%)
  • Exercise/take a walk (30%)
  • Work (29%) 

Source: Robert Half

We all know too much social media use is a problem with teens, and apparently they aren’t immune to the issue.  As in, they totally get it - more than we think they do!

Common Sense just released the new report, “Social Media, Social Life: Teens Reveal Their Experiences,” which finds that 70% of teens use social media multiple times a day, with 16% categorizing their use as “almost constantly,” and 38% saying they check it multiple times an hour.

Most teens will admit though that social media is a huge distraction. In fact, 57% of teens say social media distracts them from doing homework, while 54% admit it "often distracts me when I should be paying attention to the people I'm with.” Meanwhile, 44% of teens are frustrated with friends who are on their phones too much when they hang out. 

But even though it’s a distraction, most are likely to say social media has a positive, rather than negative effect on their lives. It seems 25% think it makes them feel less lonely and 16% believe it makes then feel less depressed. 

Other results of the survey include:

  • Texting is the favorite way teens communicate with friends (35%), followed by in person (32%).
  • 72% of teens think tech companies manipulate them to spend more time on their devices.
  • Snapchat and Instagram are the most popular sites for teens, with 63% using Snapchat and 61% using Instagram.
  • Only 15% of teens use Facebook, a drop from 68% in 2012.
  • 64% of teens say they “often” or "sometimes” see racist, sexist, homophobic or religious based hate content on social media.
  • 13% of teens say they’ve been cyberbullied, while 23% say they’ve tried to help someone who was being cyberbullied

Source: Common Sense

Music has a huge influence over the way we feel and some songs just get to us emotionally. The right tune can help us shake off bad breakup vibes, or pump us up for a night out or motivate us for a sweat sesh, even when we’re not feeling it. But when you need a song to take you from “meh” to amazing, consider this the ultimate pick-me-up: Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now.”

The track is scientifically proven to make us feel more upbeat, according to researchers with the University of Missouri. Neuroscientist Jacob Jolij came up with a formula for happiness by analyzing 126 songs from a 50-year period. He had 2,000 British folks pick their faves and then studied the beats per minute, theme, key, and lyrics from the top choices. And that Queen song was mentioned by close to two-thirds of those surveyed.

Jolij says that the pattern was very clear for what makes a great pick-me-up song. He explains that the average tempo of a “feel good” song was a lot higher than the average pop song. The list of feel-good songs had an average tempo of around 140 to 150 beats per minute, compared to the average pop song’s 118 beats per minute. So now we know what to play when we need a boost.

Source: Women's Health

Even the things you use to clean other things in your house get dirty. In some cases, they get really nasty and we’d rather just throw away that funky sponge or gross trash can, but is that the smartest move? Here’s how to handle these grimy items, according to cleaning pro John Cohen, vice president of house cleaning service Molly Maid.

  • Kitchen sponge - Toss it! It’s great for cleaning spills and sinks, but sponges collect bacteria and research hasn’t proven that microwaving it can effectively get rid of the bacteria, so throw it out when it gets a tear or that lingering odor.
  • Moldy shower curtain - Clean it! Put that thing in the washing machine with detergent and a towel for scrubbing action. Once it starts to show signs of wear, it’ll be time to replace it.
  • Stinky dish cloths - Wash it! Change these out every few days and wash with bleach in between uses to get rid of all that grease and food debris. If they still have a lingering smell after being laundered, it’s time to replace the dish cloths.
  • Toilet brush - Toss it (regularly). Sure, you can clean that thing with bleach, but you should still probably be replacing it more often than you are. Get a new one anytime a gastrointestinal illness invades or every six months if you don’t clean it with bleach, and every year if you do.
  • Pillows - Wash it! Did you know most pillows can be washed in warm water on gentle? Wash two at a time to keep the machine balanced and use mild liquid detergent. For pillows made from foam or a unique material, follow manufacturer’s care instructions.
  • Plastic food containers - Clean it! Soak stained containers in a 50/50 mix of water and white vinegar for 30 minutes. If the stain sticks, add baking soda and scrub with a cloth. But if the container doesn’t have a lid or contains BPA, it’s time to toss it.
  • Dirty garbage cans - Clean it! Take it outside, squirt with dish detergent, and let the power of the garden hose clean the nastiness away. Then let it air dry completely and sprinkle with baking soda to absorb new odors. Get a new one if the can has holes or leaks, or debris that just won’t clean off.

Source: Real Simple

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