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Watching TV makes you a better person…or does it?

Father And Two Children Sitting On Sofa At Home Watching TV Together (Credit: Monkey Business via Fotolia) The television is the most influential object in the house. It determines the positioning of the furniture, so that weary individuals can have a non-obscured view of the telly. It can significantly influence the emotional tenor of the tenants, with animosity arising due to conflict over what to watch or tears being shed over another watching of Marley and Me. It has an alluring effect, causing many men to lose track of time on Saturday afternoons in the fall and magnetically pulling children closer to the screen, to the detriment of their eyesight. But it can also influence your intelligence.

In a recently released study, researchers found that watching high quality television increases your emotional intelligence. Published by Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, the authors claim that watching quality television narratives has the propensity to increase one's ability to read another person. Quality in this instance refers to medium rather than the message, the footage rather than the content. Shows such as Mad Men or The West Wing makes you more empathetic, whereas watching Shark Week does not increase levels of empathy—though it can cause profuse perspiration.

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Is Matt Damon a homophobe?

Actor Matt Damon poses for photographs as he arrives on the red carpet for the European Premiere of The Martian, at a central London cinema, September 24, 2015 (Credit: AP/Invision/Joel Ryan) Like everyone else, celebrities talk. Unlike everyone else, large audiences listen to what celebrities say. Our listening reinforces their celebrity status and elevates their opinion because of the size of the audience. The celebrity is like us in that they can talk about whatever they want. After all, this is the land of the free and home of the brave. But they have a lot more people listening to them, and it takes a lot of people talking at them in order for them to listen to us.

We don't listen to them because of their expertise in a particular subject matter, or a certain nuance in their argument. But rather because we are used to hearing them, watching them, and paying attention to them. We grow closer to them through our affinity of them and familiarity with them. They don't come to us; we always go to them. This is somewhat mysterious, but nevertheless it is reality.

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Ryan Adams 1989: Taylor Swift and the power of imitation

Artowk for 1989, Ryan Adam's covering Taylor Swift (Credit: PAX AM Studios) Imitation is the highest form of flattery, so they say. For some, it seems more like an elaborate form of laziness and lack of creativity. For others, it is an honorable gesture that affirms the brilliant work of the imitated. The musical cover is a form of imitation, which can either add a new twist to the original or make audiences twist in pain as they yearn for the original.

Earlier this week, Ryan Adams released his much-anticipated album 1989. The album is a complete cover of Taylor Swift's 1989 album, albeit with less pop and more of Adams signature angst and rawness. This was Swift's first album as a pop artist, departing from her country roots. However, Adams with this cover takes many of the songs back to the country, proving yet again that you can take something out of the country, but you can never take the country out of something.

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Can't feel your face?

'I can't feel my face' by The Weekend (Credit: The Weekend via Youtube)Just as the Surgeon General provides warning about the effects of cigarettes, Cupid's arrow also functions as a type of warning about the effects of love. The prick of an arrow can buoy a spirit, but it also serves as a pointed reminder about the stab of love. Peanut butter is unmatched in deliciousness when placed upon a piece of bread; however, its thickness creates a yearning for milk that would drop the world's strongest man to his knees. With a win, a sports team can create heaven on earth for their fans, but with a loss they can cause a level of sorrows that only Chicago Cub fans and Crystal Clear Pepsi drinkers are familiar with. And in his latest song "Can't Feel my Face," The Weeknd describes the loss of sensation in his face because of love.  

This chart-topping hit is experiencing a level of success that is causing some to liken him to Michael Jackson. The single itself produced first-week digital sales of 93,000 units, garnered 4.2 million US streams, and 38 million airplay audiences. But is the success because of the common cold catchiness of the song or because people can relate with the significant effects of love?

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The new iPhone 6s: Santa Claus is making a list

Apple Iphone 6s shown from different angles in different colors (Credit: Apple) Santa Claus knows when you are sleeping and knows when you are awake, knows when you have been bad or good, so you better be good for goodness sake. But with the latest iPhone upgrades, Santa Claus isn't the only one who knows. The new iPhone 6s has the capacity to measure the quality of your sleep, to count your steps when you are awake, and to know when you have been a bad steward of your data plan—so you better be good to Siri for goodness sake.

Earlier this week, Apple made Christmas come early as it unveiled its newest iPhone 6s to an adoring audience. Made with the same aluminum as the Apple Watch, this newest iPhone will have a more durable exterior thanks to the Series 7000 aluminum. This material will guard the inside, which boasts a new A9 chip. This chip is 80 percent faster than the A8, and 90 percent faster when it comes to graphics performance. It is paired with an M9 motion co-processor that collects health and fitness data to help the A9 run more efficiently and concentrate on other tasks.

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