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Month: November 2015

Teen Social Media Celebrity Debunks the Platform- “It’s not Real”

Essena O’Neill had a half a million followers on Instagram with a quarter million more on YouTube and Tumblr. She explains that the validation she felt from getting followers and “views” wasn’t genuine. It didn’t make the 18 year-old as happy as she thought it might-she felt “suffocated”. Tearing it Down: O’Neill has recently deleted her accounts but has left only a few of the original 2000 shots in Instagram. With each shot, she’s written a caption about the truth behind each picture. She wants other (young) people to understand that “candid” beauty shots aren’t candid; the perfect bikini pic was taken 100 different ways; most shots were retouched. Illusion and Delusion: O’Neill says she’s discovered that what appears to be real, really is not. The photos are not, and more importantly, the validation is not-it’s the judgment of strangers. “Everyone wants to feel valued and loved,” says O’Neill, but high numbers on social media won’t provide...

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What Does Healthcare Mean for Me in 2016?

Open Enrollment for healthcare coverage in 2016 (“Obamacare”) is kicking off November 1. This means that if you do not have insurance or want to change your insurance plans, you can do so between then and January 31, 2016. Your new coverage will start as soon as January 1, 2016 if you sign up by December 15, 2015. Missing this period could mean missing healthcare coverage from the Marketplace in 2016! If you do not have insurance coverage, you may have to pay a fee. This isn’t a significant change from 2015, but the 2016 fee is significantly higher...

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A Car Seat That May Save Your Life

A special driver’s seat, which can detect your emotions, may be able to inform you that are suffering from road rage, or worse, a heart attack.   Riding in Style: The premium invention actually detects heart-rate levels. If it is unusually increased, it will sense this, and the seat will warm up and give you a massage. All of this is to keep you calm and distract you from potential road rage. You’re Goin’ Down: If the seat detects your heart rate lowering, it will worry that you’re about to fall asleep; that’s when a lower back massage begins to occur,...

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