There’s too much Internet—like the real reason we need to brush our teeth—and too little time. That’s why we curate a list of the best of the best (a.k.a. “the Greatist”) things we’ve come across on the Web this week. In other words, it’s the stuff we’d email/gchat/tweet/text you immediately if we were besties. While we’ll never stop striving to bring our readers amazing content on a daily basis, we know not all the best stuff comes from us.
1. What Texting Does to the Spine (The Atlantic)
We thought carpal tunnel was the only medical issue we had to worry about from texting too much. But it turns out that the way we crane our necks to look down at our mobile devices also does damage to our spine. A recent study found the way we lower our heads to view Snapchats and tweets adds the equivalent of 60 pounds of pressure to our back. Yikes! We have to start paying more attention to our posture and less on our screens.
2. Why the Hourglass Figure Is the Only Version of Plus Size That We See (The Militant Baker)
The prominence of plus-sized models—and even ones that don’t fit the waif stereotype—is a huge step forward for the fashion industry. It’s great when women can see models on the runway who actually look like them. But as Jes Baker points out, those plus size models often don’t look like the people we pass by on the street. While people come in all shapes and sizes, the hourglass shape that accentuates women’s curves has quickly become the privileged and prized body type among plus-sized models.
3. Life-Changing Baking Tricks Everyone Can Do (BuzzFeed Video)
We’re all about life hacks, and this three minute video is full of them. Want to step up your run-of-the-mill chocolate chip cookies for holiday parties? Surprise guests with cookie shots. Looking to get a more serious chocolate fix? Make chocolate cups with the assistance of balloons—yes, balloons! Excuse us while we make a quick run to the party store.
4. Why You’re Secretly Addicted to Food Porn (The Kernel)
It would seem that food porn and, well, old fashioned pornography don’t have much in common. But both play upon our yearning for what scientists call “supernormal stimulus.” There’s a reason why steamed broccoli or vanilla sex don’t titillate us. Exaggerated forms of reality are what get us all hot and bothered. So maybe that’s why we like Thanksgiving so much.
5. Fitbit Data Now Being Used in the Courtroom (Forbes)
Fitness trackers keep tabs on everything from sleep quality to the number of steps you take. Retailers pitch them as an easy and foolproof way to lead a healthier life. But personal injury lawyers have already found a way to bring the data into the courtroom. Say you get injured in a car accident and have limited mobility. Instead of taking you at your word, courts can now look at data from fitness trackers and see that, yes, you have been walking fewer steps after the accident.
6. Exercise in a Bottle Is the Next Food Frontier for Nestle (Bloomberg)
The world is running out of chocolate. So what’s a company like Nestle to do? Focus on healthy food—and even food that can help you be healthier. Nestle is developing foods that include an enzyme shown in studies to boost metabolism when paired with low-impact exercises, like walking. The company says these kinds of food will be ideal for the disabled and elderly, who aren’t able to do high-intensity workouts, but could still use the benefit of a metabolism boost.