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What is FOMO?

Do you constantly check your phone or computer for the latest status updates, photos and events? Are you afraid that you might miss out on what’s happening in your friend’s lives? If so, you may be suffering from FOMO. FOMO refers to the “Fear of Missing Out.” The world of social media has become an addiction and within the past couple of years, this addiction has greatly increased.

In a new survey conducted by MyLife.com, it was revealed that 56% of social media users are afraid of missing out on events, news and important status updates.

Here are some more statistics from the survey:

51% visit or log on more frequently to social networks than they did just two years ago.

27% will log in onto social sites as soon as they wake up.

42% have multiple accounts

52% considered taking a vacation from one or more social networks. Only 24% of these people will likely follow through.

How do you beat FOMO?

Take a step back and remember that the world exists without social media. Find constructive ways to spend your time and cut your social media habits in half. Believe me when I tell you that you’re missing out on a lot less than you actually think. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Information Provided By Mashable.com 

 

 

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How to Avoid Impulse Purchases at the Grocery Store

Earlier in the week, I posed the question to some friends, “What is your biggest impulse purchase at the grocery store?” Not surprisingly, salty and sugary snacks were the most popular answers. While it’s not impossible to avoid these unintended purchases, it does take a fair bit of inner strategizing before entering the store.

How does one avoid these impulse purchases? Here are some tips!

Eat before going to the grocery store: Going to the grocery store on an empty stomach is a recipe for disaster. You will think more with your stomach than your brain. 

Make a list: Planning purchases in advance will keep the process more organized and will give you a reason not to deviate from the list.  

Go alone: Avoid shopping with someone who might be considered a bad influence on your shopping habits. By grocery shopping alone, you are more likely to remain focused on the task at hand. 

Do your homework: Compare prices between other stores and research the items online. This will provide you with more insight on true bargains and deals. 

Read the labels: Is the bag of chips and the calories that follow really worth it? Ultimately, you are the judge, but first read the nutritional information before making the impulse purchase. 

Additional Information Provided By FreeInTenYears.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ways to Extend Your Smartphone Battery

Do you ever look at your phone in the afternoon and notice that you only have 20% battery left? Don’t panic, because here are a few ways to give your battery more life no matter which device you own.

Watch for push notifications.  

Every beep, vibrate and new message on your lock screen will take a serious toll on your battery.

Use ‘airplane mode.’

Airplane mode will prevent your phone from constantly searching for a network. The only downfall is that you cannot make a call while in this mode.

Close your apps.  

Even if you’re not using them, apps will often run in the background. Make sure to close any app you are not presently using.

Lower the brightness

It’s simple, but something we frequently overlook.

Turn off wi-fi

It’s not uncommon that your phone will constantly seek out wi-fi when you’re not connected to wireless internet. This is an instant battery drain.

Keep it cool

It has been proven that batteries use more energy when hot. Experts advise not to carry around a phone in your pocket and to never leave it sitting in direct sunlight. 

 

Additional Information Provided By Interprep

 

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You Don’t Have To Be Blood To Be Family

Earlier in the week, a close friend of mine ended up moving out West to start a new life with his family. These recent turn of events were quite bittersweet. I was excited for their new beginnings, but disappointed to lose touch with a close friend. We will still communicate through email and Skype, but there will be a noticeable void in both of our lives.  Friends are few and far between but in reality, family members are even fewer.

I began reflecting on all of the amazing people in my life and how I am so fortunate that they love and value me as a human being. I only allow a small number of people into my inner circle, but I consider each and every one of them family. I treasure these relationships and they positively influence my life on a daily basis.

 I don’t associate the word family with blood. I associate the word family with love and trust. These are the same individuals who have stuck by me through the best of times and worst of times. Isn’t that what family is all about? 

I could write a long and detailed blog explaining my philosophy on family and friendship, but that’s not my style. I believe in simplicity and this photograph can sum up my entire blog in 5 simple words.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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