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4 Annoying Friend Behaviors That Make Us Want To Disconnect

annoying friend behaviors to send you running from social media

Social networking sites — emphasis on Facebook — have changed the way we communicate with our friends and family, and not for the better. Instead of engaging in real conversations with real people and enjoying real moments as they happen, we often get locked in comment wars with people we’ve never actually met and end up recording memorable moments instead of actually experiencing them. (All so we can post it later to our timeline and watch the Like counts go up.)

There’s a lot to like about social media, but there’s also plenty to hate, and unfortunately, most of the latter comes from the people who are supposed to be friends. These are their top behaviors that make us want to disconnect in 2014.

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Partisan Posting

I have more than 900 friends on Facebook (and we’re oh-so-close), and while pretty much all of them hate Congress and/or the President, each one believes it’s the other guy’s fault. Yes, people are fed up. There’s a revolution brewing. And by God, they’re gonna change the world…by voting for the same exact people who are currently in office. Not only that, they’re going to tell you about it while sharing post after post from sites like Mother Jones, MSNBC, and Newsmax. 

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I Know Most Of My Friends Won’t Share…

These are the 21st Century equivalents of chain letters, and they come in a few different forms. There’s the guilt-trip that tries getting you to re-post or Like something. There’s the BS share-this-and-in-the-next-hour-God-will-bless-you. There’s the random article-share where “You won’t believe what happens next.” (Shutty, ViralNova and Upworthy.) Give it up. Post things that are interesting to you, but cut it with the sappy emotional appeals.

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Constantly Trying To Prove You Have A Great Life

We sincerely don’t want anyone to be unhappy. (Well, unless you abuse a child; then we want you to be very unhappy.) However, six posts a day about how blessed you are to be doing what you’re doing, to have the man/woman/child in your life that you adore, name-dropping, etc. Stop being such a Like-ho, and start using a little discretion. You can be positive without constantly fishing for compliments or coming across as a one-upper.

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Constantly Hating Life

If your last several posts are about how bad life is, how other people are mean or suck or are always out to get you, how your boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife/babymama/babydaddy is always trying to screw up your life, then I got news: you’ve got a little drama queen in ya. That’s right. Life may or may not be screwing you, but if you’re constantly complaining about how bad it is, then you’re bringing quite a bit of it on yourself. Check over your last 10 posts. If half or all can be construed as negative, then you probably need to make a few life changes of your own.

So that’s it — everything that makes us want to disconnect (or at least deactivate). What friend behaviors make you want to do the same in 2014? Let us know in the comments section.

Unique Kickstarter Tech Products for the Geeks

Tech gadgets come and go. They come in different shapes and sizes with varying functions. But one thing’s for sure, developers from all over the world will continue to create them moving forward in an effort to meet people’s needs.

The reality is that not all developers of tech gadgets and software applications have the budget to pursue their projects. The good news is that those who lack funds can turn to the largest crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to get their needed financial support.

Kickstarter has successfully funded some 1,063 technology projects. Most of them raised from $1,000 to less than $10,000 while 11 projects were able to raise more than $1 million.

Here are some of the most useful tech gadgets you can have. And take note, you can buy Kickstarter products online in the comfort of your home. [Read more...]

The Top 3 Electric Cars and How to Shop for Them Online

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If you’re in the market for a new car, you have a lot of factors to consider. Buying new vs. buying used, going through a dealership or buying direct from an owner, how much you can spend … not to mention what kind of car you’ll end up with and the features you need.

As you examine your options, don’t rule out electric cars too early. You might be surprised to find that the costs of 100% electric cars are coming down while the convenience of recharging is rising. [Read more...]

The 5 Best Ways to Protect the Data on Your Computer

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Your PC isn’t only used to play games, surf the Internet, and watch YouTube videos. You also use your home computer to store files. In some cases, those files may contain sensitive and vital information.

If an unfortunate event occurs, such as the loss or theft of your PC, you won’t struggle much to watch YouTube videos or play games on a new computer purchased to replace the other one. However, if you haven’t protected your old PC properly, then the sensitive files on the old system could be compromised.

This means that unscrupulous individuals may have access to those files, and could use them for malicious purposes, such as identity theft. How can you ensure that your home computer files are as safe as possible? Here are five ideas. [Read more...]

Ten Thrifty Traveler Tips (traveling on a shoe-string budget)

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Image source: Flickr

Even though the world has not shrunk in size, advancements made in communication and transportation has somehow, made it smaller. People are bombarded with news items, travel documentaries, pictures, videos of amazing and exotic places – raising curiosity and feeding on man’s innate travel bug. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to walk on the Great Wall of China? Or celebrate New Year at Times Square? How would it feel to dip into the clear waters of Tahiti? All of these play in everyone’s mind and everyone dreams of someday, going to these places to answer these questions.

Unfortunately, traveling, especially to overseas destination, can be quite expensive and, if you have a family to support, and children to look after, the costs can appear overwhelming. This, however, should not deter you from planning a holiday. Make this holiday a goal you and your family can work towards on. Have your kids save a little every day so they can have their own “spending money” (even though you know that you’ll be paying for their purchases anyway).

If you’re keen on going somewhere, whether on your own or with your family, but have limited funds to work with, here are ten tips for the thrifty traveller.

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How to Shop for Clothes – Without Breaking the Bank

 

too many clothes!

too many clothes!

Has this ever happened to you? You open the doors of your wardrobe closet and, even though it’s teeming with clothes, you sigh and say, “I’ve got nothing to wear!” If this sounds familiar, it may be time to have a wardrobe revamp! Out with the old and in with the new!

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Advanced Car Features for the Tech Savvy Drivers

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Image: autotrader

Cars of today continue to be upgraded with the most modern and advanced features. This is geared towards providing consumers with utmost convenience and ensuring their safety while on the road. Automakers are also utilizing the latest technology to make sure their vehicles stand out from the rest.

Car owners in the know and who constantly update themselves about the latest in automobiles are often the first to patronize new technologies. Some would even give up their existing vehicles and purchase a new one just to be able to enjoy the convenience and top quality safety features.

For the 2013 car models, various exciting features are in place. Some of these include the center-mounted airbags (the first of its kind), a power liftgate that works when a foot is waved below the rear bumper and a seat that can communicate with the person behind the wheel. [Read more...]

Apps for Finding an Orlando Apartment

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Thoughts of moving are enough to make you hide in that cardboard box you’re supposed to be filling. Add moving to an entirely different town, and life gets even scarier. Being new to an area, you’re unaware of what there is to do, where the best places to eat are and where to find current weather conditions. Put your iPhone, Android or other smartphone to work for you. There are many different apps that will help you with your move to the Orlando area.

Apartment Home Living

There are many Orlando apartments to choose from, and finding the perfect one for you can be a tiring chore. Apartment Home Living offers a free, easy to use mobile app that will help you find an Orlando apartment. This app helps you search through all of the apartments by category, price and many other search options. The app will also alert users to special conditions, including pet policies, leasing information and neighborhood maps. This app also offers different tips for newcomers to the Orlando area.

Weather

The weather in the Orlando area is close to perfect throughout the year. Download the weather app from WFTV for current weather conditions across Central Florida, forecasts, radars, maps and alerts for when it’s not. The WFTV site also offers updates on local and national news, including entertainment and things to do in the Orlando area. [Read more...]

How to Choose the Best Food Coupons

Coupons have been around for decades and numerous people have benefited from using them. While they used to be distributed through mail, newspapers and magazines, today these discount tickets can be found on the internet. Online, consumers can join sites that offer coupons such as Cheap Sally coupons or visit the websites of their favorite stores and manufacturing companies of the products they often purchase.

Most of these coupons cover grocery items which can really be beneficial to budget conscious consumers especially the mothers. Food lovers can also get themselves coupons that provide discounts or rebates to restaurants, snacks, frozen foods and not to forget the baby food.

In order to make the most of coupons, it would a good idea to collect them first. You may also ask close friends or relatives to save them for you if they’re not in the habit of using them.

Organic Coupons

Consumers particular about organic food can now rejoice as they can now get special coupons offered by organic manufacturers. These tickets even provide instructions on how to get them.
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