It’s no secret that folks these days have all sorts of places to find great content to watch, and it seems more than ever, folks are turning to streaming services to be entertained.
A new report by Deloitte finds that 69% of U.S. households pay for at least one streaming service, up from 55% last year, with the average household subscribing to three. Meanwhile, 65% folks are subscribing to Pay TV services, and another 29% paying for live TV streaming services.
As for why so many are heading to subscription services, original content is the biggest factor, with 57% of Americans, and 71% of Millennials, citing that as the reason for joining a service.
Millennials are so hooked on streaming services, that 37% admit to binge-watching shows every week, with most spending an average of four hours in one sitting. And it’s not just original programs, with 70% of Millennials saying they stream movies weekly, and 40% doing so daily.
- But it seems some folks are already getting a bit tired of all these subscription services. In fact, 47% of those polled say they have grown frustrated by the number of services they need to subscribe to in order to watch what they want. In addition, another 57% say they hate it when services remove content from their libraries.
People with disabilities face challenges every day, and apparently a lot of those challenges come from the people around them, specifically abled-bodied folks. A lot of able-bodied and able-minded people just don’t know how to act around them, and now a group of people dealing with disabilities are spilling the beans on some of the strangest interactions they’ve encountered.
It all started when Twitter userImani Barbarinstarted the hashtag #AbledsAreWeird, and many of her fellow folks with disabilities decided to chime in with their contributions.
They include (click here for more)
Teacher: do this thing (run, go outside in certain conditions, use cleaning products, etc.)
Me: I will have an asthma attack if I do that thing
Teacher: liar, do it
Me: *tries to do it and has asthma attack*
Got an F on paper I worked very hard on. My teacher said even though he couldn’t prove it was plagiarism he knew I had not written it because he had never seen a deaf person write in English like that. #AbledsAreWeird
i once was told, by someone who i thought was a friend, that: “i wish i had conditions like yours, i’d use so many excuses & get out of so much stuff!” & proceeded to laugh & joke about the things she’d say/do for a long, long time #AbledsAreWeird
Lady on train: why is your wheelchair pink?
Me: because I like pink.
LoT: But you shouldn’t make a wheelchair pretty.
Me: why not?
LoT: Because then people might think it’s okay to have one.
Ableds: Crowd around me in elevator. Stand in exactly the wrong place. Don't allow me to turn my chair around.
Me: Tries to maneuver my way out backwards w/o running over their feet
Ableds (patronizingly): "Don't worry sweetie, you'll get the hang of it eventually #AbledsAreWeird
Guy: I know that you dont think you have a lower quality of life bc you're disabled, but dont you think your life would be better if you could run?
Me: Do you know how many people *can* run, but dont? How's their quality of life?
Guy: I dont understand your point#AbledsAreWeird
We may understand the basics of our finances and planning for our retirement, but we also need to make sure we’re teaching our kids about money. Too many parents don’t explain financial planning to their kids early enough, so they don’t understand how it all works and can get into trouble. Most schools don’t have financial literacy programs, so it’s up to us and according to a financial adviser, these tips can help us pass on financial skills and knowledge to our kids.
- Capture teachable moments- You can start teaching your kids about money while they’re still young. Have little ones hand the cashier the bills and talk about the cost and the change you get back. Take kids to the bank and introduce the idea of checking and savings accounts as you explain what the tellers are doing. And let your kiddo watch you pay monthly bills online.
- Create a kid-friendly savings account- After you start giving your child an allowance for something they’ve done, like chores or getting good grades, help them create a weekly or monthly savings plan and match a percentage as they save so you can teach them the basics about how to help their money grow.
- Don’t be afraid to let them struggle a bit- Parents want to provide the best life for their kids, but when it comes to finances, the best thing to give them isn’t money, it’s the tools to become financially successful. Teaching them how to save includes letting them make mistakes so they can learn poor decisions have consequences.
- Remind earners about expenses- If your youngster turns out to be a little entrepreneur, teach them there are always expenses for a job, from babysitting to washing cars. Explain how they have to cover their business expenses to help them learn and so you’re not paying for their ventures.
- Retirement ready- Teaching your kids about finances while they’re young makes them less likely to form bad financial habits that could lead to trouble later in life.
The first time you fly with a small child, you’re thrilled at the pre-boarding perk and line up to get on that plane as soon as possible. And it’s great for a few minutes as you get settled and into your seats, but then you sit and wait as all the other passengers file in and before you know it, the kiddos are getting restless, have eaten all the snacks you packed, and you realize it’s been 40 minutes, but you’re still on the ground.
So while it may seem like a good idea to allow families traveling with young children board early, spending more time on that plane than absolutely necessary isn’t such a good thing for the little ones. What would work better? Boarding last.
Instead of getting on the plane sooner, use that time to empty bladders, change diapers, and getting the sillies and wiggles out. That means jumping jacks, a few rounds of “Head, shoulders, knees, and toes,” and Tae Bo, if that’s what gets your kids moving. Basically, just do anything you can do to get them physically prepared for a stretch of quiet sitting that’s going to be longer than they can possibly imagine. And whatever you do, don’t hand over the iPad yet, you’ll need that as a bribe when you’re mid-flight.
Sure, there are exceptions and times you’ll want to take advantage of that pre-boarding option, like if you’re flying alone with the kids and don’t have assigned seats or you’re traveling with a clunky car seat and need time and space to secure it. Otherwise, timing is everything and the less you spend on that plane with the youngsters, the better everyone will feel.