Pandemic Fears Grow As New Coronavirus Spreads
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday postponed a decision to declare a global public health emergency over a new viral illness which has spread across China and reached the United States.
“The decision about whether or not to declare a public health emergency of international concern is one I take extremely seriously, and one I am only prepared to make with appropriate consideration of all the evidence,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Nearly 9 In 10 Parents Feel Teens Spend Too Much Time On Video Games
While plenty of people can still remember a time before video games, home consoles aren’t exactly a new concept anymore. These devices have been around for decades at this point, and an entire generation who once spent countless hours with their Super Nintendo or Sega Genesis are adults. So, now that millions of once-upon-a-time teenage gamers are raising children themselves, it’s plausible to assume they’ll be more accepting of their kids playing video games than their parents may have been ten or twenty years ago.
Interestingly, according to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, that isn’t the case. Roughly nine in 10 (86%) of surveyed parents say they believe teens today are spending too much time playing video games. The research consisted of 963 parents with at least one child between the ages of 13-18.
However, that’s not to say modern parents aren’t completely down on video games; 71% believe that video games can actually have a positive influence on their own children.
Among the poll’s other results, one finding that sticks out is the revelation that many parents with children who spend excessive time gaming seem to have convinced themselves that their kids’ habits aren’t any worse than their peers. Among parents who reported their teen plays video games every day, 54% say their teen does so for over three hours on a daily basis. Of that group, only 13% believe their teen spends more time gaming than their friends or classmates, and 78% think their child games less than their peers.
Workaholic Epidemic: 4 In 10 Adults Just ‘Can’t Stop’ Working
Life is all about balance, and one of the most important balancing acts of any adult’s day-to day existence is separating work life and home life. Unfortunately, many modern workers just don’t know when to take a break — even if they’re home and the workday, for all intents and purposes, is over. That’s the main finding from a new survey of 2,000 British employees that found a staggering 40% just cannot stop working.
The survey, commissioned by SPANA, also found that many current employees (one in six) spend more than 11 hours a week focusing on their job while outside the office — typically by checking their emails or making calls.
Overall, almost half of those surveyed said they enjoy their work, but 65% said they hate their habit of constantly focusing on their job. Only three percent said they actually leave their office each day when their shift is supposed to end.
Other workaholic symptoms included never taking a lunch break, working on weekends, and consistently being the last employee to leave the office every day. Workaholics also often ignore their families, feel anxious when not focusing on work, and actually end up talking to their bosses more than their spouse!