Apps you’ve never heard of that your teen is already using

It’s a new year, and that means new apps on your tweens’ and teens’ phones. While the old standbys like Snapchat and Instagram are still going strong, there’s no shortage of social media, video-sharing, and homework-help apps that are popular but not necessarily household names. BIGO LIVE – Live Stream Kind of like Twitch and YouTube, BIGO LIVE lets teens stream live video of themselves that other users can see and comment on in real time. You can also receive and send “Beans” — BIGO’s term for virtual gifts — that cost real money. You can level up and improve your ranking by logging in every day and sending gifts. The platform is designed for people who supposedly want to …

Marie Kondo’s tidying isn’t just about appearances. There’s a psychological and spiritual upside, too

(CNN)Marie Kondo was likely just out of diapers and making a mess when Regina Leeds got into this work. By clearing space, she explained, we do more than just save time and money. We raise our self-esteem and shift energy. We open ourselves up to change, she said, and are in a better position to reach our potential. That’s the reason Leeds, who spent a year roaming LA with a feng shui master and views organizing as a spiritual activity, is known as the “Zen Organizer.” Her company slogan: “Inner peace through outer order.” Endorsed by psychologists One doesn’t have to be a professional organizer, or be schooled in feng shui, to understand the value of decluttering. There’s a psychological …

People in the Philippines spend the most time online, global report finds

(CNN)A new report has revealed the world’s heaviest internet users: the Philippines, where people spent an average of 10 hours and two minutes a day online in 2018. Of the countries surveyed, people in Japan spent the least amount of time online, averaging just three hours and 45 minutes a day. Unsurprisingly, social media accounted for a significant amount of time spent on the internet. In the Philippines, people spent an average of four hours and 12 minutes on social media platforms every day, while the global average was two hours and 16 minutes. Again, the lowest social media use was in Japan, where people devoted an average of just 36 minutes to scrolling. Not mass internet addiction While a …