CALL FOR ACTION

A coalition of eight progressive advocacy groups launched a digital ad campaign on Monday calling on the Federal Trade Commission to break up Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp into separate and competing companies.

The “Freedom from Facebook” campaign will run ads with messages like “Facebook keeps violating your privacy. Break it up.” on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. The coalition is also collecting signatures for a petition to the Federal Trade Commission asking it to split up Facebook, ensure that users on different social media platforms can communicate with each other, and enact stronger privacy regulations.

The coalition has released a step-by-step guide instructing users on how to “block Facebook from profiting from all the information it collects about you, your family, and your friends.”

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal

This book explains how different apps have been designed to be addictive. The more time we use them, the more personal information we give to be used for commercial purposes or to influence our political choices.

“The tech industry needs a new ethical bar. Google’s motto, “Don’t be evil,” is too vague. The Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” leaves too much room for rationalization.

I’d argue that what we ought to be saying is, “Don’t do unto others what they would not want done to them.” But how can we know what users do and don’t want?

I humbly propose the “regret test.”

…If users would regret taking the action, the technique fails the regret test and shouldn’t be built into the product, because it manipulated people into doing something they didn’t want to do. Getting people to do something they didn’t want to do is no longer persuasion — it’s coercion.

So how do we tell if people regret using a product? Simple! We ask them.”

March 16th is World Sleep Day

World Sleep Day is an annual event, intended to be a celebration of sleep and a call to action on important issues related to sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects and driving. It is organized by the World Sleep Day Committee of World Sleep Society

10 COMMANDMENTS OF SLEEP HYGIENE FOR ADULTS

  1. Fix a bedtime and an awakening time.
  2. If you are in the habit of taking siestas, do not exceed 45 minutes of daytime sleep.
  3. Avoid excessive alcohol ingestion 4 hours before bedtime and do not smoke.
  4. Avoid caffeine 6 hours before bedtime. This includes coffee, tea and many sodas, as well as chocolate.
  5. Avoid heavy, spicy, or sugary foods 4 hours before bedtime. A light snack before bed is acceptable.
  6. Exercise regularly, but not right before bed.
  7. Use comfortable bedding.
  8. Find a comfortable temperature setting for sleeping and keep the room well ventilated.
  9. Block out all distracting noise and eliminate as much light as possible.
  10. Reserve the bed for sleep and sex. Don’t use the bed as an office, workroom or recreation room.

10 COMMANDMENTS OF SLEEP HYGIENCE FOR CHILDREN [AGES BIRTH TO 12 YEARS]

  1. Go to bed at the same time every night, preferably before 9:00PM.
  2. Have an age-appropriate nap schedule.
  3. 3. Establish a consistent bedtime routine.
  4. Make your child’s bedroom sleep conducive – cool, dark, and quiet.
  5. Encourage your child to fall asleep independently.
  6. Avoid bright light at bedtime and during the night, and increase light exposure in the morning.
  7. Avoid heavy meals and vigorous exercise close to bedtime.
  8. Keep all electronics, including televisions, computers, and cell phones, out of the bedroom and limit the use of electronics before bedtime.
  9. Avoid caffeine, including many sodas, coffee, and teas (as well as iced tea).
  10. Keep a regular daily schedule, including consistent mealtimes.