F itbit exercise trackers could be having an adverse effect on teenagers, preventing them from exercising rather than encouraging it, research has found. Researchers at Brunel University London found wearing a Fitbit for two months left teenagers feeling demotivated about physical activity rather than encouraging them to do more. The study tracked 84 students aged 13 to 14 who wore a Fitbit tracker for eight weeks. It found the initial novelty of the device, which encouraged more activity in the first few weeks, wore off and pupils' movement levels declined. Part of the problem is that Fitbit's targets are unrealistic and not tailored to individuals, the researchers said. The 10,000 steps-a-day goal, for example, was described by participants as "unfair". "They strived to achieve it but would often fall short," said Dr Charlotte Kerner, one of the lead researchers. "That made them feel really bad about themselves and put them off exercise." … [Read more...] about Fitbits discourage teenagers from exercising, study shows
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Photo-Illustration: Vulture and Photos by Getty Images 1912: The U.S. government breaks up the New York–based conglomerate Motion Picture Patents Company, a.k.a. the Movie Trust. This paves the way for a newly formed Universal to open studios in L.A. and attract more of the budding film industry. 1928: Each of the big eight film studios now opens in L.A., ushering in the “Golden Age” of film in Hollywood. At the same time, Schenectady stations W2XB and WGY transmit the first-ever televised drama, The Queen’s Messenger , to Los Angeles. Direct lines between the entertainment industries on the two coasts begin to be drawn. 1938: After more than a decade of operating solely out of New York, radio-broadcast rivals NBC and CBS confirm the pull of L.A. by opening studios there. 1939: The earliest commercial-TV experiments begin with NBC station W2XBS, establishing New York as the new medium’s hub of innovation. 1946: Contrary to conventional East Coast wisdom, … [Read more...] about The History of Comedians Moving Between NYC and L.A.
In recognition of Black History Month, a number of streaming platforms have curated movies and TV shows that shed light on the Black experience — past and present, fiction and non-fiction. To help you zero in on these selections, we’ve put together this roundup of the best shows to stream for Black History Month, featuring options from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and HBO. After checking out our roundup of the best shows, you may want to dive into our list of the best movies to stream for Black History Month , along with our roundup of the best Black films on Netflix . Dear White People Based on the much-lauded 2014 film of the same name, Dear White People follows a group of Black students at the fictional Winchester University, a predominately white campus. Leaning on comedy and satire, the show follows the individual experiences of the main cast as they grapple with self-identity, activism, political correctness, and racism in a world that claims to be socially aware, … [Read more...] about Best shows to stream for Black History Month