Even though there are signs that the job market and economy are improving, a new report from Springleaf Financial has found that 40 percent of all Americans live paycheck to paycheck. Somewhat surprisingly, that group spans across education levels and salary amounts. In fact, 25 percent of people with graduate degrees “couldn’t miss a single month of paychecks without having to borrow or sell assets.” The report also revealed that nearly a quarter of all Americans have less than $250 in their bank accounts by the time pay day rolled around. As this recent piece from The Atlantic shows, because of factors like debt, millennials are increasingly unlikely to have any money saved. Though part of the point of the survey was to show the importance of saving, it also reveals the still-fragile state of the economy when it comes to the finances of individual Americans ... Discuss
According to new research, listening to music at work actually makes you better at your job. The study found that workers preformed their tasks better if they were listening to music. More than 80% of those involved in the study had more accurate test results and worked faster if they had music going. It should be noted, that the study was conducted by “Mindlab International on behalf of MusicWorks, the joint campaign from music licensing companies PRS for Music and PPL,” according to The Telegraph. We’re not saying it’s biased, but the people behind the research definitely had a stake in the results. Either way, we’re not going to argue with it. Science doesn’t lie, right? ... Discuss
If you are reading this while watching TV, talking on the phone or listening to a podcast, you may want to consider focusing only on this article: According to research from Stanford University, multitasking is really bad for you. Not only does it hurt overall productivity, your ability to recall information and slows you down, additional research shows that it even lowers your IQ. From Forbes: “IQ drops of 15 points for multitasking men lowered their scores to the average range of an 8-year-old child.”
Also, this is terrifying: A team of researchers looked at MRI scans of people who spent a lot of time doing things like texting and watching TV at once, and found that they had lower brain density. Though they stop short of saying that multitasking physically re-shaped brains (the people with less thick brains could be more predisposed to multitasking), the combination of all the research is enough for neuroscientists to warn that your brain isn’t made for doing multiple things at once. There, now you can commence your TV watching ... Discuss
Sometimes, in life, the little things can end up being a source of frustration and even insurmountable difficulty. You may see others struggling with this challenge and think that surely you, with all your strength and cunning, will not have a problem overcoming this obstacle, only to find yourself bested, lying in a heap of your peers. Of course, next time, you'll be wiser about the ways you take on life's little hurdles, but we don't have that video metaphor. We only have this one ... Discuss
New research paints a pretty unflattering picture of how men view the opposite sex as they grow older. Generally, as women age, they continue to find men around their age the most attractive. But as men age, they continue to find women 20-24 most attractive. "From the time you're 22 you'll be less hot than a 20-year-old, based on this data," OKCupid co-founder Christian Rudder said to a group of women at a recent talk, according to FiveThirtyEight. "So that's just a thing." The findings were based on data collected from OKCupid's notoriously obsessive info-gathering process, and published in Dataclysm, Rudder's new book on the importance of data-collection.
Rudder clarified the findings for NPR. "This is just measuring people's opinions, not what they actually go out and do ...What you see when you actually look at what people do, you see the realism set in. So these 40-year-old guys … the people they actually have the courage to actually go out and message are a lot older: it's 30, 35-year-old women" ... Discuss
The team at BusinessInsider.com has created this large infograph outlining the best jobs for each one of the 16 personalities described in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test. Obviously, the list isn’t perfect, but it does provide some interesting insight into information that they claim “about 80% of the Fortune 500 and 89 of Fortune 100 companies use” to analyze their employees. For the infograph data, they teamed with one of the authors of Do What You Are, Paul Tieger, and applied the methodology of the book. You can see the whole chart here ... Discuss