On Young People, Work, and Anxiety

echo-railton-9Originally posted on Startup Canada: Young People, Work and Anxiety

“I am a workaholic, which can be pretty horrible when you work alone. No one tells you to stop or take a break, or that you’re burning yourself out. I’d find myself tethered to the internet all day, sitting in a chair for 10 hours and staring at a bright screen. Even when I was “finished,” I’d impulsively check email several times between midnight and 2 a.m. I know it’s dumb and unnecessary and “What could be so important?” and “You need your sleep,” but I did it anyways. I was oblivious to the fact that my nerves were being frayed for hours on end, and that I desperately needed fun face-to-face time with real human beings.”

It’s daunting when you can empathize so deeply to a piece of writing. This is a part of Charlie Hoehn’s recent post “How I cured my Anxiety.” It resonated with me and dozens of other people. Within hours of going live on charliehoehn.com the post received nearly 100 comments (still counting), and has been shared by 2000+ people on Facebook and Twitter.

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on plastic surgery requests

Cosmetic Design is the most frequently read cosmetics news website. They posted this article yesterday that sites the following:

Requests for surgery as a result of social media photo sharing rose 31 percent in 2012, reports the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Just a second though, for this stat to actually hold water, they should have regressed peoples plastic surgery requests on their reasons for the requests. Instead the study Cosmetic Design was citing did not do this. The 2012 A.A.F.P.R.S Membership Study (download report here) asked 63 plastic surgeons in a survey between December 2012-January 2013 the following question:

Have you seen an increase in requests for plastic surgery stemming from people being more self aware of their looks because of social media? If so, estimate the percentage of requests for each procedure.

It was an opinion based question asked to plastic surgeons. Not a valid way to measure “rise.”

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On the myth of the 0.7 waist-to-hip ratio


****Please note this post was originally an assignment for my undergraduate class in my senior year. We were asked to explore a contrarian viewpoint on a common health based claim. ****

Is a 0.7 Waist-to-Hip Ratio Actually Attractive?

There is not one single trait that perfectly predicts attractiveness. A number of studies have competing opinions on what trait best predicts attractiveness. A commonly held belief in attractiveness literature is that a 0.7 waist to hip ratio is the most attractive ratio on a woman. This number is cited in mainstream press, fitness content, and beauty content over and over again. How credible are the studies that came up with this number?

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