I was recently quoted as saying, I don’t care if Instagram has more users than Twitter. If you read the article you’ll note there’s a big “if” before my not giving of said thing.
Of course, I am trivializing what Instagram is to many people. It’s a beautifully executed app that enables the creation and enjoyment of art, as well as human connection, which is often a good thing. But my rant had very little to do with it (or with Twitter). My rant was the result of increasing frustration with the one-dimensionality that those who report on, invest in, and build consumer Internet services talk about success.
Numbers are important. Number of users is important. So are lots of other things. Different services create value in different ways. Trust your gut as much (or more) than the numbers. Figure out what matters and build something good.
Children are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables if they see their parents eating the foods and the items are readily available, even in homes where family meals are not the norm. Teenagers in the study, published in the Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics, ate more fruits and vegetables when the items were cut up and easy to reach.
Screen time tied to increased obesity risk in adolescents
Teens who used screen devices such as smartphones and tablets for five or more hours daily had a twofold higher likelihood of drinking sugar-sweetened beverages and getting too little physical activity and were 43% more likely to become obese than those who didn’t use such devices. The findings in the Journal of Pediatrics also showed a 74% increased risk of poor sleep among those who used screen devices for at least five hours daily.
HealthDay News (12/14)