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Thursday
Mar082012

You Are What You Type, or Something Like That

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Most of us have become so adept at using keyboards that we rarely stop to think about whether we type more words on the left side of the QWERTY keyboard or the right.

Well, researchers from the University College London and the New School for Social Research in New York have done the thinking for us and discovered that for some reason, keyboard users tend to have warmer feelings about words typed on the right side than the left, which induce more negative emotions.

Go figure.

The researchers found that their conclusion was the same whether volunteers typed words in English, Dutch and Spanish.

Such words or abbreviations like “LOL,” which are done on the right side, produced more positive emotions, even if they’re made up words like “plook” as opposed to words such as “red” or “saw” that are done on the keyboard’s left side.

One possible explanation is that words on the left are tougher to type since the left hand is responsible for 15 letters while the right only has to deal with 11 letters.

As a result, the researchers said, “People responsible for naming new products, brands and companies might do well to consider the potential advantages of consulting their keyboards and choosing the 'right' name.”

You also might want to think about changing your own name if most of the letters are on left side of the keyboard.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Apr202011

Kids' 'Screen Time' May Be an Early Indicator for Heart Disease

George Doyle/Thinkstock(SYDNEY, Australia) -- You might expect all that time kids spend in front of TVs, computers and video games might cause eye strain. But new research, published in the journal Arterialsclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, finds a more disturbing sign.

A study of six-year-olds in Australia reports those who spent more time in front of a screen, rather than being physically active, had narrower arteries at the backs of their eyes.  That can be a sign of future heart disease.

The authors at the University of Sydney note this "screen time," especially TV viewing, is also associated with higher intake of low-nutrition foods and drinks, and with lower consumption of vegetables.

Researchers can't tell how many of the youngsters will actually develop heart disease.  But they say the data suggests that physical activity could have a beneficial effect.

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