The news media is troubling, is it not? And on occasion it veers from being merely troubling to flat-out horrifying. I have found that the news, and in fact any violent or disturbing media at all, can be simply unbearable for many people.
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You've been putting off reading that book for weeks, and you're supposed to have read it all by tomorrow. Whether you're cramming for school, or trying to avoid looking like a lazy bum in your book club, don't lose hope. You can power through that tome without forgetting everything and coming away with nothing.
There's nothing inherently wrong with reading Facebook, unless you'd rather be reading a good book instead (and that whole fake news problem.) Luckily, the habit loop, which David Kadavy describes as the "habit hook" in his post, holds the key to breaking that Facebook habit and replacing it with a reading one.
Apple recently added Night Shift to macOS, which changes the colour temperature of your screen based on the time of day in the hopes that it will help you sleep better. Before the launch of Night Shift, f.lux was the go-to tool for doing this. Let's see how they compare.
"I don't like scary stuff," you tell people — as if it's an allergy of some kind. You won't go to haunted houses, you wouldn't dream of playing the new Resident Evil, and your fingers are perpetually crossed in the hope your moviegoing friends won't pick a horror flick. Well, what if I told you scaring yourself is actually good for your mind, body and soul?
I love books. I can't leave a bookstore without at least one. But I also have a tendency to buy books and not actually read them. Somewhere along the way reading fell by the wayside in favour of other forms of entertainment. To get back on track, I made some simple changes that have helped me with my reading habits thus far — no speed reading necessary.
It’s not always easy to keep kids reading over the summer holidays. But research shows that those who stop reading over these long breaks from school are actually at risk of seeing their reading ability drop during this period. This is called the “summer slide”.
It's easier than ever for someone to create a website and post completely made up stories that become international headlines. This makes it harder to tell truth from fiction or share news with others who may not be able to tell the difference either. Luckily, fake news isn't too difficult to spot. Here's how, and how to filter it out of your feeds.
If you only read the same few sites with a similar slant, you can find yourself in a political echo chamber. To combat this, The Daily Mixer shows you stories from a variety of news outlets, but won't show you where they came from until you read them.
Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction for everybody. Certain great books inspire scores of authors to create something new. Here are 21 of the most influential science fiction and fantasy books.