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Sex and Booze Make People Happy - January 31, 2013, 09:47 AM

Brilliant observation, but some of the other ones are kind of interesting.

Religion didn't make the list
Kids only came in at #5 best
Facebook was the second worst thing

I wonder about the sample population if it was conducted via test message.

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Brilliant observation, but some of the other ones are kind of interesting.

Religion didn't make the list
4: Meditating/religion
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January 31, 2013, 09:55 AM

Point for discussion:

Which makes folks happier? Sex in the context of a loving relationship, or random pointless sex.

I'll go out on a limb and say both, with the former being much higher on the happiness scale


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Point for discussion:

Which makes folks happier? Sex in the context of a loving relationship, or random pointless sex.

I'll go out on a limb and say both, with the former being much higher on the happiness scale
People who engage in random, pointless sex tend to seek it out again and again so there is pleasure in it for them. However, what a simple Q&A survey cannot get into and reveal is the "lastingness" of the fulfillment gained from the sex. This is where a committed relationship gains the upper hand when compared with casual sex. The casual sex seeker enjoys the pleasure for a short season and then needs it again because of a sense of loss. In contrast, the committed couple enjoys the pleasure continually, and they seek that intimacy again and again because of the sense of gain. Committed relationships 1, casual sex 0. And we're not even touching on the potential complications and adverse consequences of the casual sex, including STDs, unplanned pregnancy, unpleasant encounters, etc.

I noticed that TV, Cinematic, and gaming entertainment did not make the list, but then neither did reading.


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I noticed that TV, Cinematic, and gaming entertainment did not make the list, but then neither did reading.
Gaming was 10th best. I don't think that many people read.

Looking at it again, I'm surprised animals didn't make the list. Maybe my dog falls under the children category.
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Oops, there it is, gaming. lol I quit reading after about 7 on each list.

Yeah so many people seem to be into the dog thing so I'm surprised about that as well. On the other hand, many of the same people do think that they are accomplishing the equivalent of child-rearing with their dog ownership. At the risk of offending, it's not even in the same galaxy of effort and importance.

With regard to reading, I find that I can learn a few interesting but irrelevant facts by watching TV shows on the Science or History Channels, whereas I only ever gain deep new understandings from reading. I believe William Blake was right when he said this about visual entertainment:
This life's dim windows of the soul
Distorts the heavens from pole to pole
And leads you to believe a lie
When you see with, not through, the eye.
What happens when I watch video is that I'm distracted by the visuals. With reading there are no visuals to distract me so I think much more deeply about the information I am acquiring. Therefore, I would definitely have reading in my top 5 most desirable activities.


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Oops, there it is, gaming. lol I quit reading after about 7 on each list.

Yeah so many people seem to be into the dog thing so I'm surprised about that as well. On the other hand, many of the same people do think that they are accomplishing the equivalent of child-rearing with their dog ownership. At the risk of offending, it's not even in the same galaxy of effort and importance.
I doubt many dog owners would categorize it as the same thing. Maybe they were just outside playing with their dog instead of texting a survey company?

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With regard to reading, I find that I can learn a few interesting but irrelevant facts by watching TV shows on the Science or History Channels, whereas I only ever gain deep new understandings from reading. I believe William Blake was right when he said this about visual entertainment:
This life's dim windows of the soul
Distorts the heavens from pole to pole
And leads you to believe a lie
When you see with, not through, the eye.
What happens when I watch video is that I'm distracted by the visuals. With reading there are no visuals to distract me so I think much more deeply about the information I am acquiring. Therefore, I would definitely have reading in my top 5 most desirable activities.
Likewise, but here's some truly depressing stats for you:

1/3 of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.
42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college.
80 percent of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year.
70 percent of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.
57 percent of new books are not read to completion.
70 percent of books published do not earn back their advance.
70 percent of the books published do not make a profit.
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I doubt many dog owners would categorize it as the same thing. Maybe they were just outside playing with their dog instead of texting a survey company?



Likewise, but here's some truly depressing stats for you:

1/3 of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.
42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college.
80 percent of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year.
70 percent of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.
57 percent of new books are not read to completion.
70 percent of books published do not earn back their advance.
70 percent of the books published do not make a profit.
Jesus

that is pretty awful.

I love to read. I love movies and video games too, but there's really nothing that compares to sitting in a nice easy chair and reading a book.


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1/3 of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.
42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college.
80 percent of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year.
70 percent of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.
57 percent of new books are not read to completion.
70 percent of books published do not earn back their advance.
70 percent of the books published do not make a profit.


And some of us wonder why our nation fell from its top spot in the world. I say "some of us" because, as these stats suggest, most don't give a crap.

Fitz, do you read to your kid? I still have vivid memories of my mother reading all the Tolkien books to me. Can you imagine? Thousands of pages. There are times when I'm tired and don't feel like doing it, sure. But it's so meaningful and influential for kids.


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And some of us wonder why our nation fell from its top spot in the world. I say "some of us" because, as these stats suggest, most don't give a crap.

Fitz, do you read to your kid? I still have vivid memories of my mother reading all the Tolkien books to me. Can you imagine? Thousands of pages. There are times when I'm tired and don't feel like doing it, sure. But it's so meaningful and influential for kids.
We read, but mostly short things with lots of pictures for now. She tends to lose interest quickly

I remember as soon as I could read I was into the oz books. Which, in retrospect, is horrifying, because some of that stuff was very violent.

What age is a good age for more deep stories, actual books rather than picturebooks?


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1/3 of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.
42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college.
80 percent of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year.
70 percent of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.
57 percent of new books are not read to completion.
70 percent of books published do not earn back their advance.
70 percent of the books published do not make a profit.
It takes more discipline and desire to read a book these days where electronics are ubiquitous. For the first couple of years where I had an iPad, my pre-bed routine consisted of reading stuff on the web instead of a legacy book. More recently, I've started to have a 'no internet past a certain hour' rule going, so that has helped bring balance back to The Force, but it takes a measure of discipline to enact.

I've also taken to rediscovering the local library. I had long forgotten the meditative calm of browsing through the shelves compared to the Barnes&Noble with the din of the in-house coffee shop.

Oddly enough, I've become a painfully slow reader when it comes to reading for enjoyment, i.e. not just sifting through text for pertinent information.
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January 31, 2013, 11:59 AM

I find that getting a Nook caused me to read more. When literally any book i want can be downloaded to the device in a few seconds, it helps my impulsive nature.

I sometimes get a sudden urge to read something i hear about, and if i have the nook available, i get started immediately.

The epaper is nice too. Reads like a book


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I was actually quite young when my mom started reading the Hobbit and subsequent books, probably 6 or so. My grandmother read stuff like that too--not much with visuals.

Another great story I remember from being read to in my youth is Watership Down. Then the animated movie showed on TV and wow, what an experience. I still have the very copy she read to me.

My philosophy about stories to young kids is that they really have to become accustomed to sustaining their attention on what they hear. If you persist, they will start to listen for longer and longer periods of time. I think it's also productive to read only a page or two in the beginning and then casually discuss what was read, rather than to plow along through a lot of material. You'll get a sense for when they get into the story, and then you can move through more pages in a session.

All in all, I'd say at 5 or 6, they're ready for long stories over many evenings. The Tolkien material is great for boys, whereas I think the CS Lewis tales may be more appealing to girls. Regardless, I believe there is nothing wrong with choosing something you yourself feel like reading too! A little bit of conflict is fine--the struggle of good against bad is important for kids to learn aboutl. It's sexual themes and innuendo you want to be most mindful of, in my opinion.


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