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According to a Gallup Poll referenced in The Atalantic, 23% of Americans said they didn't read a book in the past year. This is up from the 8% who didn't read a book in 1978. However, the increase isn't as high as one might think. 

From 1990 to current day it's consistently stayed around the percentage of non-readers as hovered in the upper teens and lower twenties.

According to Quora, the average user reads about 15 books a year which breaks down to little over a book a month. People cite many reasons as to why people are no longer reading. Ideas range from people caliming it has to do with the culture of instant gratification. Others claim it is becaue people watch too much television.

Nobody has a consensus, but the reports show that Americans aren’t reading.

One business insider claimed that CEOs should read four to five books a month. The dichotomy from the average to the ideal CEO is drastic, but trends show that the nonreaders will continue. Newspapers are already suffering the consequences, and everybody has their eye on the book industry. The only question is what the longlasting consequences will be.

 

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Being a gentleman isn't always easy in today's society. You are often mocked or scorned. People put lots of road blocks in your path to prevent you from being a gentleman. Some will call you out-dated or just not up to date with how things are in today's society.

It used to be acceptable to open a girl's door for her. Now it's often ridiculed. This begs the question of whether it's okay to be a gentleman or whether it's best just to ignore the issue all together.

It makes people ask if opening doors is chivalrous or just a waste of time. 

 

 

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You stand all alone,

while the light is blocked out...

The shadows are forming,

and yet you stand firm.

 

What will you see,

when the darkness is rising?

There is no one to help,

in the deep, in the dark.

 

Look out to your left,

where the black night is deepest.

I see there a phantom -

the first of a legion.

 

They have sumnmoned the darkness,

They have brought it upon us!

 

In the gathering darkness,

who will you look to?

In the deepening shadows,

what will you see?

 

Is there anyone there?

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The death of the lion Cecil has gone viral on all news agencies and social media sites as well. On Facebook, it's not a strange thing to see a post about Cecil in some capacity.

However, the ramifcations have intensified as Botswana has declared that it will ban sports hunters due to the death of Cecil.

Botswana has had a longstanding policy of banning sports hunters, but this time the response was more emotional as they mounred with Zimbabwe for their loss.

Botswana said they will spare no effort to protect their game.

With Botswana's decision, it will be interesting to see if other countries follow this decision. The ramifications of one dentist might have more far-freaching effects than he immagined. 

 

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Phone companies across the country have started advertising against texting and driving. Laws are being passed in state after state across the United States to restrict people who are texting and driving at the same time.

Many states have now made it illegal to make a call while driving. All of this seems to be done in hopes to prevent the fatal crashes. 

This site claims that 23 percent of all crashes in the United States involved a phone. That's nearly one in four and totals 1.3 million crashes.

To say that states are right in locking down and restricting limitations with phones and driving is an understatement.

This same site claims that texting while driving makes you 23 more times likely to get in a crash.

So why don't people wait to text? If the stats are really this bleak, why does anybody text and drive?

Perhaps it's the overly confident attitude of "it would never happen to me" or "but I'm more careful"  or "it's only five seconds," but like the site proves, even five seconds can be deadly.

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As society becomes increasingly concerned with healthy, or “pure” eating, psychologists and nutritionists say this fascination can all too easily become a fixation that results in disordered eating.

An unhealthy focus on eating healthfully and anxiety over food are key components of an eating disorder called orthorexia. While this disease is not officially recognized in the Diagnostics and Statistics Manual as a mental illness, mental health professionals are calling more attention to this increasingly common disorder.

Orthorexia, like any other eating disorder, causes severe medical and psychological symptoms. Mental health professionals and dietitians state many reasons why orthorexic eating can occur. Reasons range from previous psychological illnesses to incorrect ideas portrayed in the media.

Other experts claim that this unhealthy eating results from using food to feel worthy about themselves. They will turn to food in order to show that they are a good person.  With the media constantly spreading the lie of "sinful foods" and "angelic foods," people are buying in to the myth. 

Other causes of orthorexia stem from people turning to information sources that aren’t credible, both through the media and the Internet, which are full of information touting foods that will boost metabolism and assist with weight loss or warning about food groups to avoid.

Some reliable sources include dietitians or nutritionists or science-backed websites such as eatright.org or the National Eating Disorder website.

Recovering from orthorexia can be a long process, and mental health professionals say friends and family are essential in the recovery process for those dealing with it.

For those struggling to overcome orthorexia, experts agree they first need to find somebody they can trust and talk to throughout the various stages of their recovery. They also need to learn what resources are available to help.

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