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How to Be Less Annoying on Facebook

Facebook's Infection. (Ksayer1, CC BY-SA 2.0)
Facebook's Infection. (Ksayer1, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Are you annoying on Facebook? This new study will tell you if you are.  It’s hard not to be judgmental on Facebook. We all have...


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    2015 Mitsubishi Outlander SE

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    2015 Lexus LS 460 Sedan Is Impeccably Quiet, Smooth, Powerful

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    2015 Audi Q3: New Small Crossover a Joy to Drive

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    Why Truck Drivers Should Be Worried

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    2015 Toyota Sienna Limited

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    Nissan Launches Redesigned Flagship Maxima at Tennessee Plant

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    2015 Dodge Journey Crossroad

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    After 13 Year Hiatus, Lincoln Is Bringing Back the Continental Sedan

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    A Roadmap to Index Funds

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  • The Internal Revenue Service Headquarters (IRS) building is seen in Washington on April 13, 2014. The IRS is cutting taxpayer services to historically low levels just as President Barack Obama's health law will make filing a federal tax return more complicated for millions of families. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

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    Millions More People to Get Their Credit Score for Free

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    Are Rising Rates Good or Bad for Retirees?

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    Retirement Readiness on the Rise … for Some

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    Christine Benz’s Year-End 6-Step Portfolio Checkup

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    3 Ways to Play Catch-Up in Retirement Savings

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    How to Deal With a Jerk at Work

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    NEW YORK—These days, one of the most coveted roles among A-list actresses is business owner. Oscar winner Halle Berry is one of the latest female... Read more

  • "Organizations by nature are large social environments, and we cannot forget that context when making use of performance-rating data," says Jisoo Ock. (Steve wilson/Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

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  • In this Feb. 1, 2013 photo, David Goldberg, the CEO of Survey Monkey poses at their headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. David Goldberg, a Silicon Valley veteran who was best-known for being the husband of Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg, has died suddenly at age 47, his company and family members said Saturday, May, 2, 2015. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times via AP)  MANDATORY CREDIT;  NYC OUT;  MAGS OUT; NO SALES; TV OUT,  NO ARCHIVE

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    NEW YORK — The sudden passing of Dave Goldberg, the popular Silicon Valley executive and husband of Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, touches a subject most workers... Read more

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    When Life Gives You Lemons … Make Granola!

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  • "A questionnaire measuring impulsivity for individuals in critical positions may be one of the screening mechanisms businesses could use," says Laura Smarandescu. (Tungphoto/Shutterstock*)

    Is Low Self-Control a Threat to Security?

    Researchers are using brain imaging to help companies determine which employees could pose a cybersecurity risk. To do that, they measured brain activity to identify... Read more

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    How Your Personality Relates to Your Productivity—and Salary

    Why do some people earn more than others? Research backs up the idea that workers with higher educational levels and more experience have higher salaries... Read more

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    Are Women Actually Better at Negotiation?

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    Female Executive: My Biggest Mistake Was Not Talking About How Hard It Was

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  • Record clerk Josh Kelly wipes a dust speck from a used LP record as he put it in a sales bin at Vintage Vinyl Records Tuesday, in Fords, N.J., on April 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Don’t Panic, College Seniors: Jobs for Grads Likely to Grow

    WASHINGTON—The consulting and accounting firm EY is aggressively recruiting on college campuses this spring. The company formerly known as Ernst & Young plans to hire... Read more

  • "The results show that we can change the way we work to improve family life," says Kelly Davis.   (Emergency Brake/CC BY)

    3 Ways to Give Workers More Time With Their Kids

    A workplace intervention lets parents spend more time with their children—but affects mothers and fathers differently. “These findings may encourage changes in the structure of jobs... Read more

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    Work Less, Play More, and Other Productivity Hacks From a Manchurian Emperor

    If you’ve read our article “A Day in the Life of a Chinese Emperor,”  it may have struck you just how little actual work Emperor... Read more

  • Ivan Chermayeff, founding partner of the Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv brand design firm, talks about his life and work at the firm’s office space in Manhattan on April 2, 2015. (Samira Bouaou/EpochTimes)

    Graphic Arts Pioneer Ivan Chermayeff on Work as Play

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    10 Real Excuses Lawyers and Litigants Give for Being Late to Court

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    Managers, Trust Your People: An Ancient Chinese Leadership Parable

    The Chinese have this saying: “If you doubt someone, don’t use him; if you use someone, don’t doubt him.” It could also be translated as... Read more

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    Berkeley Startup Helps You Find Your Dream Job

    Looking for your perfect job is a bit like looking for a relationship—it’s important to understand what you really want, and what will really work... Read more

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    The Irony of It All: When Enthusiasm Is a Sign of Desperation

    An interesting thing happened when I met with a prospective client last month. Based on a variety of factors, I had assumed that this company... Read more

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    NYC Sergeant Who Never Took Sick Day Dies

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    Making Healthy Food Fun for Kids: ‘The Yummy Adventures of Celia and Cedric’

    As far as Laara Exsnar is concerned, educating kids about food in a fun and engaging way is an important factor in family bonding, resulting... Read more

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    How One Mom Checked Herself Before She Wrecked Herself

    NEW YORK—Ylonda Gault Caviness has no use for mommy groups, peeling the skins off peas for babies, wet-wipe warmers, and the shelves and shelves of... Read more

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    In Sickness and in Health: How Marriage Helps Cancer Patients

    A growing body of research evidence shows being married greatly increases patients’ chances of being cured of cancer. But while there’s a clear link between... Read more

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    Babies Prefer to Hear ‘Baby Talk’ From Other Babies

    Before they start to babble themselves, babies would rather listen to other babies “talk” than listen to adults. The findings are important, researchers say, because... Read more

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    Want to See All Your Kid’s Text Messages? There’s an App for That

    Through an app called TeenSafe, parents can view their children’s text messages, call logs, web browsing history, contacts, Instagram, Facebook, and more. But does that... Read more

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    Dual-Earner Couples Share the Housework Equally – Until the First Baby Comes

    As a tenured professor and mother of four young sons, I am constantly asked, “How do you do it?” What people mean is: “How can... Read more

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    Why the Founder of Mother’s Day Wanted It Banned

    Mother’s Day is the one day a year devoted to lavishing our mothers with gifts, meals, and special thanks for all she does for us throughout the... Read more

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    To Protect Teens, Don’t Keep Them Offline

    Helping teenagers deal with online risks, rather than trying to keep them offline, may be a more practical and effective way to keep them safe... Read more

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    On Mother’s Day Make It All About Her

    What a lovely time of year for daughters to gift their mothers for the greatest gift of all—their birth! Unfortunately, my mother died when I... Read more

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    How to Be a Better Wife: Focus on the Positive

    After writing How to be a Better Husband: Show Up, I felt the need to jump onto the other side of the relationship, so to... Read more

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    Can Phone Companies Do More to Block Robocalls?

    WASHINGTON—Jeri Vargas put her elderly mother on the “Do Not Call” list years ago. So why is the 88-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s disease still getting... Read more

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    15 Natural Easter Egg Dyes

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    Why Some Children Think They’re More Special Than Everyone Else

    Narcissistic children feel superior to others, believe they are entitled to privileges and crave admiration from others. When they don’t get the admiration they want,... Read more

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    Parents Abused as Children Aren’t More Likely to Physically Abuse the Next Generation

    A landmark study conducted over 30-years found that parents who suffered physical abuse as children were not more likely to be violent with their own... Read more

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    How to Be a Better Husband: Find Common Ground

    People grow apart. It’s as natural as people growing closer—they develop different interests, have different time or money demands, or they may begin cultivating new... Read more

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    High Nursing Home Bills Squeeze Insurers, Driving Rates Up

    NEW YORK— Thirty years ago, insurance companies had the answer to the soaring cost of caring for the elderly. Plan ahead and buy a policy... Read more

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    Higher Gas Costs Lift US Consumer Prices After 3 Declines

    WASHINGTON—A slight rise in gas costs and broad increases in other categories lifted consumer prices in February, a welcome sign after three straight months of... Read more

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    Virtual Distance: Technology Is Rewriting the Rulebook for Human Interaction

    Consider the following two situations. In the first scenario, a man and a woman sit across from each other at a romantically lit table in... Read more

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    Managing the Crazy: Some Tips on Parenting Two Kids Under 2

    NEW YORK — Monaco has royal parents of newborn twins, and Britain’s Kate and William will soon have a second little prince, but will parenting... Read more

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    10 Keys to a Successful Romantic Relationship

    In romantic relationships, it’s the little things that count. A little gift, an off-hand compliment, a moment of physical contact can vastly strengthen a relationship. ... Read more

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    What’s the Optimum Amount of Homework to Set a Teenager?

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  • Kristen Couse walks with her son, Wile, on the playground at Public School 261, Thursday, April 16, 2015, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photos/Mark Lennihan)

    Students Are Opting out of Testing. How Did We Get Here?

    “Opt Out,” a civil disobedience movement against state-mandated testing in elementary and secondary education, is growing rapidly across the United States. Last year, Opt Out... Read more

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    India’s Sanskrit Revival Has the Flavor of Historical Caste Control

    The new Indian government has engaged the country in a controversial revival of a relatively obscure ancient language. So far, it has required students to replace the study... Read more

  • In this April 30, 2015 photo, Leticia Fonseca, 16, left, and her twin sister, Sylvia Fonseca, right, work in the computer lab at Cuyama Valley High School after taking the new Common Core-aligned standardized tests in New Cuyama, Calif. (AP Photo/Christine Armario)

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    Why Do Students Cheat? Listen to This Dean’s Words

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    Do Bilingual Homes Raise Better Communicators?

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    Why Tablets Can’t Replace ‘Real World’ in Schools

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    Online Common Core Testing Lays Bare Tech Divide in Schools

    NEW CUYAMA, Calif. — Nestled between mountains 60 miles from the nearest city, students at rural California’s Cuyama Valley High School use Internet connections about... Read more

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    LOS ANGELES — Enrollment in state pre-kindergarten programs inched up slightly last year, but there’s been little change in the overall percentage of children participating... Read more

  • Students at the Harlem Link Charter School listen to their teacher as she teaches a workshop writing class in New York City on Oct. 24, 2012. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)

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  • A mother shows her son around the grounds of a school in Vancouver in preparation for his first day in kindergarten, Aug. 20, 2013. A burgeoning teacher-led movement that rejects unproven education education trends is quickly growing, and some educators say a change in how education is delivered in Canada is long overdue. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

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