Here’s What Happens to Your Spine When You’re Constantly Texting

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Your Candy Crush addiction might be harming your neck more than your productivity, according to new research.

Looking down at your phone can add up to 60 pounds of pressure on your spine, depending on the angle. That’s according to a new study from spinal surgeon Dr. Kenneth Hansraj and published in Surgical Technology International.

People spend two to four hours per day on average with their heads tilted downward in activities like texting and reading, the study said. Over the course of a year, that time adds up to 700 to 1,400 hours of excess stress on the cervical spine, or up to 5,000 hours for high school students. Over time, this causes a hunched-forward position and increases the risk of spinal wear and tear.

It’s “nearly impossible to avoid the technologies that cause these issues,” Dr. Hansraj wrote in the report. But people can take preventative steps…

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How to Deal With Anxiety, Tragedy or Heartache — 4 Steps From Research

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“You don’t remember me, but I was in your experiment a year ago. I just wanted to thank you. It changed my life.”

James Pennebaker has had a number of people say this to him over the years.

In the early 80’s he came across a study showing that people who experienced personal traumas but didn’t discuss them were more likely to get sick.

He wondered if just writing about their emotional upheavals could help people recover. And the research he did changed lives.

In the 30 years since, hundreds of studies have documented the effectiveness of expressive writing.

It helped with anxiety, tragedy, heartache… It even gave relief to those coping with cancer, heart disease, chronic pain, and AIDS.

People who write about their problems gain a host of benefits including feeling happier, sleeping better, and even getting better grades.

Via Expressive Writing: Words That Heal:

Across multiple…

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Absolutely Insane

It’s week 10 of law school, and I feel like I’ve learned so much that my mind has exploded.

Criminal law is still my best class- go figure. And surprisingly I’m good in contracts AND property law, which if anyone knows me- it’s that I hate property class! It’s like advanced math and trig all over again- I hate math with a burning passion, yet I’m good at it.

I also got my schedule for next term. Monday- Friday (with exception of Thursday) class from 9 am to 12.

This waking up early shit is becoming insane…

Why Ph.D.s Shouldn’t Teach College Students

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Despite a college degree’s enormous cost, almost half of college freshmen (43%) don’t graduate even if given six years. If they graduate, a 2011 national study found, 36% of the 1,600 students tested “did not demonstrate any significant improvement in learning” in four years. And in the just-published follow-up, which tracked those students since their graduation in 2009, one-quarter were living at home two years after graduation and more than half said their lives lacked direction. Twenty percent were earning less than $30,000 a year, half of those less than $20,000.

Hidebound higher education

College hasn’t changed much in centuries. For the most part, there’s still a research-oriented Ph.D. sage on the stage lecturing on the liberal arts to a student body too often ill-prepared and uninterested in that. That occurs on a plush campus with a porcine administration, which results in a four-year sticker price at a brand-name…

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Ah shit.

I found out from E-man back in philosophy at my alma mater, that Nicole has been dealing with a lot of stuff… Which finally explains why she hadn’t gotten back to my emails, texts, or calls.

Her cat died- he was a rescue cat, and was there during the whole thing with Dr. Rabbit, a big part of the parties she hosted… And then on top of that, she has an overload of a workload. I thought I was bad, but nope she takes the cake!

I feel awful for calling last night looking to ask her to be a reference for a job application…

It’s settled- I’m going to take her out for a drink this weekend I get back.