Is your Smartphone cutting in to your fun time?

December 18th, 2014 at 8:39 am by under 2 KASA Style

Your smartphone may seem like the portal to entertainment (where else are you going to play Angry Birds and scroll through Instagram?), but new research is suggesting otherwise. A Kent State University study released last week revealed that excessive phone use is sucking the fun right out of our downtime.

Researchers monitored a group of nearly 500 undergraduates and measured the individuals’ daily smartphone use, as well as assessed their personalities and ideas of what they consider quality leisure time. The team then separated participants into three categories: Low-use introverts, low-use extroverts and a general high-use group.

Those who were considered in the “high-use” category experienced more stress and anxiety during their leisure time than the other groups.

Even if you don’t identify with those categories, think you’re immune to the high consumption of the digital screen? Think again: A recent digital analysis found that we’re spending almost three hours a day checking our devices on average. This is unwelcome news, considering our busy schedules rarely seem to allow for time luxuries in the first place.

So what can we do in order to really take advantage of our downtime? We’ve rounded up several activities below that also take a few hours to complete (but best part of all, you’ll improve your health in the process). Check them out and reclaim your right to relaxation during your time off — you deserve it.

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Top Tech Gifts of Christmas’ Past

December 16th, 2014 at 7:06 am by under 2 KASA Style

Remember the mad dash to secure a Teddy Ruxpin under the tree?  Or how about how badly you begged mom and dad for the Nintendo DS as a year-end treat?  As we head into another hectic, yet hopeful holiday season, we’re taking a look back at the top tech gifts of Christmas’ past…

For me, it was all about the original Nintendo (yes, I’m old).  I still remember the thrill of staying up well past my bedtime playing Super Mario Bros, fighting goombas and flying turtles.  For variety, I’d try my hand at Duck Hunt, using the “state-of-the-art” laser gun, taking down clay pigeons, feeling like Ralphie who finally experienced the joy of his Red Rider BB gun (before shooting his eye out).

What was YOUR favorite techie (or non-techie) gift?  We’ll be checking out some very cool tech toys for Christmas with Nyika Allen today on Style.  Join us at 9am on 2KASA!NESActionSet