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How to Spot Fake News Despite Your Filter Bubble

It’s hard enough to spot fake news when the media legitimizes it by giving its creators a platform, but when the fake news aligns with our beliefs, it’s even more difficult to accept that it’s untrue or grossly distorted. It’s also difficult to spot fake news when it’s told in a compelling and rhetorical way.

To find the truth, we need to look for reliable websites and news organizations and be less concerned about which way they lean and whether or not we always agree with them. Our focus should be on consuming information from reliable sources.

Four Ways to Counteract “What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains”

Thanks to our brains’ neuroplasticity, our brains dump the information we consume online.[1] Our long-term memory, according to Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, directly affects our intelligence. And it’s suffering. Why should our brains store information if we can just google it? 

And It’s not just our long-term memories that are at risk either. A 2015 Microsoft Canada consumer insight report says that the average attention span decreased from twelve seconds in 2000 to nine seconds in 2015.[2] The report compares the average human attention span in 2015 to that of a goldfish!

In the report, Microsoft assures its audience, advertisers, that “it’s not as bad as you think” but later states, “Long-term focus erodes with increased digital consumption, social media usage, and tech savviness.”[3] Regardless, the internet is a fact of life in 2018. Most of us have to use the internet for work. Our kids use the internet at school. And for better or worse, the internet is here to stay. So how do we live with technology without sacrificing our brains? In The Shallows, Carr offers a few suggestions.

5 Reasons Why I Love Audiobooks

I love audiobooks. I always have one "regular" book and one audiobook going at the same time. It's not cheating, I swear! It's seizing an opportunity. I have a little kid at home along with a blog, a freelance business, and a part-time “day job.” Sitting and reading books for hours during the day is not a luxury I have. It’s not that I don’t have the time per se. It’s that I have other things to do that keep me from sitting down with a book, which brings me to the reasons why I love audiobooks.

Time-Saving Cleaning Tricks Inspired by ‘Get Your Sh*t Together’

Cleaning sucks. I'd rather be reading. But I want to live in a clean home. I do not want to spend a lot of time cleaning it. Ergo, I've developed a few cleaning tricks, hacks, cheats or whatever you want to call them, so I have more time to read. I’m not proposing that you live some sort of hyper-scheduled life where you rush through your day and reading is just another task on your to-do list. That being said, if I can borrow time from a monotonous task like cleaning so I can spend a little more time doing something I love, I’m going to and you should too. 

I got my first inclining that cleaning is a huge, hopeless time sink when I listened to Get Your Sh*T Together by Sarah Knight. Knight says “There are some folks out there who claim it’s possible to tidy once and remain tidy once and remain tidy for life. But I have to say, I call bullsh*t.” According to Knight, the only way to keep your house clean is to clean it regularly. And it is, but you don’t have to clean the whole house perfectly every time you clean. And if you can live with a little mess, have I got some cleaning tips for you. And let’s be honest, living with “a little mess” is probably better than the way you’re living now. (No offense, I’ve just been alive for the past three decades. I know how busy you are.) Barring “get a cleaning service,” here are my time-saving tricks for cleaning your home.

Breakfast Burrito Unrecipe

A recipe on a book review blog? Yes! You won’t see these often, but we readers always need more time to read! The best way I’ve found to squeeze in a few extra moments with a book is to make breakfast quickly. By making breakfast in a cook-once-eat-for-a-week fashion, I have more time in the morning and my mornings are less stressful.

I’m calling this an unrecipe not because it is an infertile recipe that's useless to society but because it’s not really a recipe at all. It's more of a guide. I also couldn't resist the opportunity to reference The Handmaid's Tale, however contrived my reference may be. 

I make 14 burritos at a time: a week’s worth of burritos for my husband and me. Don't forget that you can use any vegetables, cheese, or meat you want.