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Hangover Cues, Cyberchondria, Google is making us dumb!

6:15- Last night was the football night and undoubtedly some of you may have "enjoyed" a few too many beers. If that's the case, here are some hangover cures for you from Details! Two of my faves are on here Tomato Juice and Bananas. Here's to your health!

6:45- I did this recently and it wasn't a smart idea. If you don't feel well or you need medical advice, DON'T turn to the internet. Otherwise, you'll develop what they call Cyberchondria.

Don’t believe everything you read on the internet…especially when it comes to your health!  The practice of using Google to research symptoms and self-diagnose is on the rise- so much so that it’s been given a name.  Cyberchondria is described in a recent study as a “vicious circle” that likely does more harm than good by causing unnecessary anxiety and stress.  The effects of cyberchondria are especially severe in people who have a high level of intolerance for uncertainty.  The next time you think you’re sick, consult an expert- NOT Wikipedia.

7:15-  Do you find yourself Googling the most minute details in life? I know now that it's handy I do it all the time. It's annoying to my friends but more importantly, it could be making us all a little dumber.

Google may make our lives a whole lot easier, but it could also be rotting our brains.  A new study suggests heavy reliance on the search engine has caused us to forget significant historical events.  After all, why commit anything to memory when you can just Google it and get an answer in an instant?  That’s according to nearly 90% of people, who say they make less of an effort these days to remember things because they’re so easily found online.

 A survey of 2,000 adults revealed only half know the date of the first moon landing,

-less than a third know the year the Berlin Wall fell

-and four out of 10 don’t know what year 9/11 occurred. (<==Rona's commentary: What? Really?)

 More than half of people admit that the modern 24-hour, constantly updated news cycle means there’s simply less of a focus on the past, and that today’s young people are raised to be self-involved and unappreciative of history.  But just the same, the majority feels that learning and teaching history is still important. 

 


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10/14/2013 11:44AM
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