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This shouldn't surprise anyone (and note that you could probably extend to other networks like Google+ or Reddit):

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In a recently published study, psychologists Christina Sagioglou and Tobias Greitemeyer of the University of Innsbruck report people "expect to feel better after using Facebook, whereas in fact, they feel worse."

Their evidence suggests it's not Internet browsing in general, but specifically social media use that brings people down. It also points to a likely reason: The nagging feeling that you've been wasting time.

"Our findings suggest that—on a daily basis—hundreds of millions of people engage in an activity that they consider (not very) meaningful," they write In the journal Computers in Human Behavior, "which in turn dampens their mood."
Feeling down? New research from Austria points...
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Now this is good ... My kinda dog!
 
New meme! New meme! Bad puns dog!!!

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This hurts my brain.
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Art mimicking life mimicking art?
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Yup, with all the pitting thats going on, look here while we cause crisis here...
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Enhance! Zoom!  See that reflection? Can you enhance that?
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ATL!! Let's make this happen.
 
Today we’ve invited 34 cities in nine metro areas around the U.S. to work with us to explore what it would take to bring them +Google Fiber. In the coming months, we'll work with each city's leaders on a joint planning process to map out a Google Fiber network in detail and assess potential challenges to bringing 100x faster Internet to these communities. We aim to provide updates about which of these cities will be getting Google Fiber at the end of the year. Learn more: http://goo.gl/tMg6F9
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I know why D.C. isn't on this list but still wish it was.

So in that case go ATL!
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Myth 1:  Technology creates social isolation.
Myth 2: Teens are addicted to technology and social media.
Myth 3: Teens these days have no appreciation of privacy.
Myth 4: Social media put teens at great risk from sexual predators.
Myth 5:  Bullying through social media is a huge national problem.

The above was picked up from an article about teens and social media/Internet use by Peter Gray (Gray wrote Free to Learn which is a pretty excellent book on the idea of "unschooling").  Worth the read if you're fearful about kids on the web.  Here's the full article:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/201402/five-myths-about-young-people-and-social-media

The book from which the article pulls the "myths" is It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by Danah Boyd.  Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0300166311/apophenia-20

Thought-provoking counterpoint to what I'm sure most of us older "Millennials" and younger Gen X'ers think about their kids -- and I think about how teens send thousands of texts per month and just wonder what that does to social skills (without seeing that texting that much is being social).  

Check it out.

(H/T +Geoffrey Graham )
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Really thought-provoking, J. I'm glad you are forging the parenthood path for me. And you're doing it well, I might add.
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Ever wondered where in the U.S. you'll get the most "pleasant days?"  What's the most pleasant place to live weather-wise in the U.S.?

+Kelly Norton compiled data from the NOAA for the last 23 years and defined "pleasant days" as those days when "the mean temperature was between (55° F and 75° F), the minimum temperature was above 45° F, the maximum temperature was below 85° F and there was no significant precipitation or snow depth."  He then mapped it for us.

Check it out: http://www.kellegous.com/j/2014/02/03/pleasant-places/
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Gotta love data - cool chart!
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Said by my 4 her old to my old Nexus 7.

"Google!"

[Blurp]

"What does the fox say?"

Next thing I heard was Ylvis. This just happened ... #herewego #hakeeho
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Hilarious - you REALLY have created a monster! 😍😬
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Nice breakdown.
 
If Verizon and Comcast get their way. 
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Justin N. Owings, J.N. Owings, Justin Neal Owings
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Atlantan, Entrepreneur, Googler, Father, Husband, Meatza and Toe Shoes Enthusiast.
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< Life > 

I call Augusta, Georgia, my hometown though I'm an Atlantan.  Been married to Sonal Amin Owings since 2005.  I've known Sonal since around 1996.  We got a daughter in August 2009 named Aviana.  We upped the ante in 2011 with another daughter in December named Raya.  Raya and Avi continue to change everything and generally do the opposite of what we want them to do.

We also have a siamese cat named Zeke.  Zeke is (in)famous on youtube and is a bit neurotic.  He's super friendly though (mellowed out in his old age).

I'm most interested in finding joy in everyday life through friends, family, hobbies, getting physical, work, and making observations about the complex workings of the world. Sometimes I even get to do these things while enjoying a cigar, piping hot mug of coffee, or bourbon on the rocks.

< Work >

I graduated from the University of Georgia with a BBA in Accounting and Masters of Accountancy in 2003.  Thereafter, I worked for Ernst & Young in the Boston and Atlanta offices until 2004.  

Audit was not my cup of tea.  I left E&Y to take a job in corporate accounting at Georgia Gulf Corporation (GGC) in Atlanta.  At GGC I saw  the full gamut of corporate accounting and finance, an experience that culminated in a $1.5 billion acquisition of a Canadian-based building products company.  It was a bad deal in the end for GGC (It's a long, boring story. The gist: no one listened to reason).

In Spring 2007 I left GGC and joined up with Aaron Krowne to found Implode-Explode Heavy Industries (IEHI), the parent company behind the Implode-O-Meter franchise.  IEHI's success rode on the coattails of Aaron's brainchild, the Mortgage Lender Implode-O-Meter

The 'meter was ground zero for the credit collapse as it chronicled the demise of mortgage lenders in real-time, frequently breaking news days in advance of mainstream press.  It was (and still is, perhaps) the Drudge Report for mortgage professionals and boomed amidst the cacophonous housing bust.  It was a wild ride for about three years.  Aaron continues to fight the good fight with the 'meter to this day but I have since moved on.

Around 2009 I started building out "Birthday Shoes," the popular minimalist footwear fan community site for toe shoes (a.k.a. Vibram Five Fingers) that gets nearly a quarter-million visits a month and has made me the Al Bundy of barefoot shoes (er... "God's shoes" as it were!).  I have way too many pairs of shoes these days.  It is ridiculous and drives Sonal crazy.

Where am I now?  In Spring 2010 I went to Google Atlanta to work as an Account Planner on the sales side (I mostly do client research).  Life at Google is pretty much as glamorous as it's made out to be.  Don't be jealous!
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My cat had 2 seconds of fame on VH1's best week ever. My site about toe shoes has had over 2mm visitors since inception.
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Great exhibits--went on a cold day (low 50s) but saw all the cats, feed the giraffes, and escape to the warmer bird and reptile exhibits.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
Probably the best Publix in Atlanta. Parking is a little quirky but you get accustomed to it.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
Overpriced and the food is just so-so. Appetizer portions were reasonable but entrees were completely underwhelming. You are paying for proximity to the beach even while the view... underwhelms. Would not go back.
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reviewed 7 months ago
Took our 4yo daughter to Brookhaven Children's Dentistry this morning. It was her first trip to the dentist, so it was hard to predict how things would go. Michael at the front desk and Dr. Judy quickly put our daughter at ease. I was a bit nervous once the tools came out but Dr. Judy explained what she'd be using in a fun way and really, the whole thing was beyond seamless. I was kind of shocked how well it went. As for the facilities, tucked away on the 2nd floor of Village Brookhaven (basically on top of Verde, if you're familiar with the area), the office is incredibly nice. The lobby has a huge TV and WiFi for the parents and there are three arcade games (PacMan, Donkey Kong, Galaga) for the parents ... I mean, kids. Ok I played a round of DK. There's a little "movie room," too, for the kids and the movie playing there can be watched while reclining in the dentist's chairs (on the ceiling). The whole experience at "BCD" was fantastic. I feel old for saying that "I never had a dentist trip like that," but well, geez, I didn't. Wholeheartedly recommend taking your kids here--we'll be bringing our soon-to-be 2yo here just as soon as she's ready.
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Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
Good sushi that's tucked away in Brookhaven Village. Biggest drawback is price but everything I have had there has been excellent.
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