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Absolutely. If not Spotify, another streaming service would probably do you.
I love music, and Spotify gives me (virtually) all the music I could want for $10/mo. I use it all day at work, whenever I'm doing chores...Really, just all the time. I think if I wanted to break that $10 down, I'd be paying less than a dime for every hour I spend listening to it.
There are some concerns about how they compensate artists, but I encourage you to do some research and decide how much that matters to you.
Best way to deal with introducing things you don't understand to your child is through teaching skills to deal with unknown and uncomfortable situations!
The majority of kids are going online without any guidance, and the majority of kids are going to turn out fine. If you want to hedge your bets, give her some knowledge about the types of scams she might encounter, and the type of people she needs to be wary of.
Your awareness of the situation makes me think you'll do a great job, for what it counts :)
I think it's disingenuous to say "Suicide rates are up, so it must be this one factor I've found." I also wish you'd do a little analysis for your audience on the studies you're showing us, and a little more work reading your own articles. I found the following list from references in your provided studies:
- Does communication on social network sites (SNSs) or instant messengers (IMs) reinforce or displace face-to-face (FtF) communication, and how do the 3 channels affect loneliness and life satisfaction? Using cross-lagged structural equation modeling in a longitudinal and representative sample from Germany, we found that SNS communication increased both FtF and IM communication 6 months later. Likewise, IM communication at T1 increased SNS communication at T2. FtF, SNS, and IM communication did not affect loneliness, and FtF and IM communication did not change life satisfaction. However, communication on SNSs slightly increased life satisfaction. Thus, the data indicated that conversing via SNSs and IM has a mainly reinforcing effect and that communicating via SNSs can enhance life satisfaction several months later.
- The purpose of this study is to examine whether supportive interactions on social networking sites mediate the influence of SNS use and the number of SNS friends on perceived social support, affect, sense of community, and life satisfaction. Employing momentary sampling, the current study also looked at the relationship between supportive interaction and immediate affect after the interaction over a period of 5 days. An analysis of 339 adult participants revealed a positive relationship between supportive interaction and positive affect after the interaction.
- We conducted a survey among 881 adolescents (10-19-year-olds) who had an online profile on a Dutch friend networking site. Using structural equation modeling, we found that the frequency with which adolescents used the site had an indirect effect on their social self-esteem and well-being. The use of the friend networking site stimulated the number of relationships formed on the site, the frequency with which adolescents received feedback on their profiles, and the tone (i.e., positive vs. negative) of this feedback. Positive feedback on the profiles enhanced adolescents' social self-esteem and well-being, whereas negative feedback decreased their self-esteem and well-being.
(This one isn't "Social Media Good!", but it clearly shows that the research is not unanimous)
- Beginning at about 2 years, quality TV—well-designed, age-appropriate programs with specific educational goals—can provide an additional route to early language and literacy for children. Quality programming also fosters aspects of cognitive development, including positive racial attitudes and imaginative play. Early evidence suggests that interactive media, specifically applications that involve contingent responses from an adult (i.e., timely reactions to what a child says or does), can help children retain taught information. This responsiveness, when coupled with age-appropriate content, timing and intensity of action, can teach new words to 24-month-olds. There is early evidence that interactive ‘learn-to-read’ apps and e-books can build early literacy by providing practice with letters, phonics and word recognition. However, while screens may help with language learning when quality content is co-viewed and discussed with a parent or caregiver, preschoolers learn best (i.e., in expressive and vocabulary terms) from live, direct and dynamic interactions with caring adults.
- The current study reports on the development and validation of a parent-report measure of one potential aspect of children’s problematic use—screen media addiction—via the Problematic Media Use Measure (PMUM). Items were based on the 9 criteria for Internet gaming disorder in the DSM–5.
- “Typically, researchers and clinicians quantify or consider the amount of screen time as of paramount importance in determining what is normal or not normal or healthy or unhealthy,” said lead author Sarah Domoff, who did the research while a postdoctoral research fellow at University of Michigan Center for Human Growth and Development.
“Our study has demonstrated that there is more to it than number of hours. What matters most is whether screen use causes problems in other areas of life or has become an all-consuming activity.”
Now...Why am I leaving such a huge comment in a thread like this? Because I wanted this to be a space for discussion rather than a list of articles you agree with and a declaration that discussion is over.
The research isn't unanimous, and it isn't finished. We know that excessive screen-time is bad, but with caveats - that it can be beneficial in small doses, that some types of screen-time aren't bad, and that it can actually have a positive affect on sociability under specific circumstances. I want this discussion to be nuanced. More nuanced than "The research is unanimous, screens are bad."
Let's talk about benefits, detriments, and our personal experiences if we're going to talk at all. Let's not say "Suicide is up, and I blame technology."
- Such serendipity may be possible only if classical music exists on services alongside pop, hop-hop, country, Latin and the rest...“The segregation of classical music would be a shame,” [Anthony Roth Costanzo] said. Mr. Steffens and Mr. Janczukowicz, of Primephonic and Idagio, argued that the major services’ algorithms would always nudge listeners toward pop.
I have to agree with Costanzo here.
I can see how better classical music searching/filtering would significantly improve existing streaming services, but I have huge doubts about Primephonic and Idagio's viability over the long term. I know plenty of people who feel frustrated by Spotify's handling of classical music, but most of them just embrace the suck and construct personalized playlists of renditions they enjoy (or, in some cases, renditions they can tolerate).
I think most casual listeners opt to deal with the pain of their existing streaming service, but I can't think of anyone who might want to buy a brand new streaming service just for the classics.
If Spotify bought out Primephonic/Idagio, I could see people really enjoying their services on a more versatile platform.
I'll take a look, thanks!
Hey man, thanks for the well-thought-out comment. I don’t really have time to reply to the whole thing, but if you have a better article I’d love to read it
Hey man, just an observer to this thread - I don't know much about zoning, and I don't have a dog in this fight for the most part.
I don't think klein was saying that housing isn't tied to economics, and I'm hoping you can explain how you came to that conclusion. I also don't think anyone mentioned San Francisco.
- All of your arguments rely on ad hominem arguments
I'll admit that kleinbl00 can sometimes come across a bit condescending. Their comment is dismissive towards you, and I understand why you feel slighted...But you haven't been super welcoming, either. You two have been insulting each other.
They were right to be frustrated by your false-equivalency earlier. Valid arguments come from all sides, but truth != validity and claims need to be evaluated in context of an organization's goals. I think it's fair to assume that the Koch brothers have biased the video. Even if you disagree, it merits discussion past the "So you disagree with EVERYTHING the Koch Bros think?" arguments you've been putting forth.
- That's why if you look at a city like Houston, which has no zoning laws, it's still a pretty normal city (with the exception of rent, which is much much cheaper, and a quality of life which is better).
"But have you ever wondered what a city might look like if it said, you know what, why don’t we just build whatever we want wherever the hell we want?
Well, my friends, there's no need to wonder. Welcome to Houston, Texas: America’s biggest clusterfuck and home to vast pockets of organisational monstrosities such as this
The lack of zoning means there are parts of Houston where homes sit next to skyscrapers next to malls next to factories. Placing buildings that should be miles apart be within a few metres of one another makes the city look terrible in more places than you would imagine.
That’s the other thing about zoning laws: not only do they select areas where only certain things should go, they also keep things that shouldn’t be near each other from actually being near each other. Like, for example, single-storey homes next to skyscrapers. Car parks next to playgrounds. Or, even, primary schools next to sex shops"
It's a touching story, but I really wonder how they came up with that title - I know it's a recurring motif in the post, but it really doesn't tell me anything about the content. Am I going to read a story about sports? Perseverance? Is this a self-help article? Nah.
What I read was a nice story about a kid with problems who moved to Costa Rica, adopted a dog and started feeling better about himself, moved to Indianapolis, almost lost the dog due to a car accident, and then had his dog rescued by an NFL player.
At least it's a nice story! I just wish the title did more to get people interested :)