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Does Technology Affect Happiness? – The New York Times

As young people spend more time on computers, smartphones and other devices, researchers are asking how all that screen time and multitasking affects children’s and teenagers’ ability to focus and
learn — even drive cars.

A study from Stanford University, published Wednesday, wrestles with a new question: How is technology affecting their happiness and emotional

Lucy Gray with her daughter, Julia.Michelle Litvin for The New York Times
Lucy Gray with her daughter, Julia.

The answer, in the peer-reviewed study of the online habits of girls ages 8 to 12, is that those who say they spend considerable amounts of time using multimedia describe themselves in ways that suggest they are less
happy and less socially comfortable than peers who say they spend less time on screens.

The research raises as many questions as it seeks to answer, as the scientists readily acknowledge. That is because the research was based on an online survey taken

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This gadget grows plants five times faster than an ordinary garden

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Cultivating your green thumb this spring has many perks. In addition to having delicious spices and vegetables a few steps away, gardening can help alleviate stress.

If you don’t have space to grow plants outside, your idea of gardening is probably a small vase that sits on your windowsill. AeroGrow’s Miracle-Gro AeroGarden is an alternative that can make your indoor garden far more fruitful.

The machine, which can fit on a kitchen counter, makes it possible to grow up to six plants year round. Its 20-watt LED light is specifically designed to maximize photosynthesis and can reportedly make plants grow five times faster than they would outside. Instead of filling the AeroGarden with soil each plant grows in water.

The process is

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New York Times bestselling author

Nora Roberts

The May 16 signing at Turn the Page is cancelled. Fingers crossed the 25th anniversary event in July will happen! ~LauraCurrent mood. Okay, maybe a little over dramatic, but doesn’t this picture make you want to get your hair done, do your nails and clean up your desk?

***IMPORTANT UPDATE*** In the interest of everyone’s health and well-being, and in keeping with Governor Hogan’s recommendations to minimize risks associated with the coronavirus, the May 16th Book Signing at Turn the Page has been cancelled. Turn the Page Bookstore is entering its 25th year, and this is first time we’ve had to cancel a book signing. It makes us so sad, and we’re very sorry to disappoint those of you who were looking forward to this special pre-release event, but please stay safe, be well and read on!

There’s still plenty of time to order signed copies of Hideaway by

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TIME's 20 Most Successful Technology Failures of All Time

The graveyard of technology is riddled with failed products: remember the Apple Newton? Or Microsoft’s Zune? How about Amazon’s Fire Phone?

And yet in Silicon Valley “failing fast” is heralded as a virtue and, sometimes, even failing slowly can have unforeseeable benefits. Cutting-edge products may die an embarrassing death, but they often also lay the groundwork for better, more well-timed ideas that flourish later on. This is a list of failures, yes, but failures that led to success or may yet still lead to something world-changing. That’s why we’ve called these technology’s most successful failed products. Like an experiment gone awry, they can still teach us something about technology and how people want to use it.

This list, ranked in order of influence, was extensively debated by TIME’s technology team. What did we fail to include?

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