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Futurity Today recently published some of the most negative aspects of being a cellphone addict, something that’s becoming all too common today. Check out the biggest offenses and vote on which one(s) you find yourself doing most often.

  • Cellphone “withdrawal” can cause users to suffer from anxiety when they are unable to answer a phone call or messages, or check their phone for any new alerts.
  • Performing work-related activities on your phone after 9 p.m., such as checking emails or scheduling meetings, can make you more tired the following day. The “blue light” emitted by smartphones is one of the biggest triggers that prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Sending messages while in meetings is more offensive than you might think. According to a study from the University of Southern California, three out of four people say checking messages during a meeting is unacceptable, and 87 percent say that taking a call is impolite. Men are more likely than women to find phone use during meetings acceptable, and younger professionals are less apt to think twice about using their phone during a meeting compared to their older coworkers.
  • Performing poorly on exams may be linked to phone use in class for nonacademic purposes, regardless of a student’s intellectual abilities, according to studies at Michigan State University.
  • Potentially exposing personal information without knowing it results from your phone doubling as a surveillance tool, tracking data from location-based apps. The more you use your phone, the more you may share about yourself.

Interrupting quality time spent with your partner due to ever-present technology devices is what a doctoral candidate at Pennsylvania State University has coined “technoference.” If your actions imply that you value your phone activity over spending time with your partner, it may negatively affect your relationship.

 

Which one(s) are you most guilty of?

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At the December Johns Hopkins Medicine Town Meeting where the focus was on the education priority of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Strategic Plan, Vice Dean for Education Roy Ziegelstein asked the audience to weigh in on how they learn best through an interactive poll.  Results showed that some work better independently, while others thrive in small working groups and teams. Some students prefer online classes, while others prefer lectures. How do you learn best? Share your answer in today’s Hopkins Happenings’ Cast Your Vote.

How Do You Learn Best?

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With a new year comes new opportunities to make a difference in your community and help people and families in need. As our 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration award winners have shown, there are many ways that you can give back.

How do you plan to give back in 2015? Will you volunteer with a local group or church? Will you start up a clothing or food drive? Pick from the examples in today's poll and leave a comment telling us your plans to give back in the new year.

How Will You Give Back in 2015?

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One way tou can help is to make a pledge today to the JHM United Way campaign. To learn more about the United Way and how you can make a difference by assisting families and communities in need, visit hopkinsmedicine.org/unitedway.

Click here to view last week’s poll results from "Which of This Year’s Johns Hopkins’ Discoveries Was the Most Groundbreaking?"

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As shown in the video "Research Highlights from Johns Hopkins Medicine", this year saw a number of innovate biomedical research discoveries. As detailed in the JHM Strategic Plan, this is a key part of maintaining Johns Hopkins' reputation as a leader in the world of healthcare and education.

Revisit some of this past year's discoveries and vote for the one that you think was most groundbreaking.

Which of This Year's Johns Hopkins' Discoveries Was the Most Groundbreaking?

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Click here to view last week’s poll results from "Do You Think Physician-Assisted Death For Terminally Ill Patients Should Be Legal?"

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Last month, brain cancer patient Brittany Maynard drew national attention when she opted to end her life in Oregon through a physician distributed medication under Oregon's Death with Dignity Act. The Death with Dignity Act allows terminally ill patients to end their lives through the voluntary self-administration of lethal medications, expressly prescribed by a physician. Currently three states have laws that allow this, and aid-in-dying practices are protected in two others. Many others are hearing proposals for laws like these such as New York and Pennsylvania.

While some think the choice should be the right of the patient so as to avoid an extended painful death, opponents of the laws argue that people such as disabled or elderly could be pushed into the decision.

Where do you stand on the issue of physician assisted suicide? Do you think it should be legal? Cast your vote in today's Hopkins Happenings and feel free to explain your stance in the comments below.

Do You Think Physician-Assisted Death For Terminally Ill Patients Should Be Legal?

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Click here to view last week’s poll results from "Five Ways to Avoid the Holiday Blues?"

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While the holidays are often thought of as a joyous time, they also can be a time that causes great stress and vulnerability to depression. With short days and limited access to sunlight, winter can cause some people to fall into a depressed state. Coupled with the anxiety of family communication (or lack thereof), this can be a true battle for those vulnerable to episodes of depression.

How do you beat the holiday blues during this time of year? Take a look at some these five methods and vote on one or all of the ones you use to stay in a healthy mood each winter.

  • Get some sunlight and exercise. Fifteen to 30 minutes of sunlight, especially in the morning, will go a long way to alleviating the winter blahs.
  • Adjust your expectations. Don’t let visions of perfection spoil everything.  Learn that most things can be good enough – gifts, food, company, etc.
  • Stay active. exercising can keep you healthy, but can also help keep your mind active and away from things getting you down.
  • Start a holiday tradition. It's easy to reflect back to old times, which can have a somber effect at times. Instead of dwelling on the past, start a new holiday tradition so that you can look ahead to more good times.
  • Do the things you enjoy. The winter is the perfect time to begin a hobby. Tap into your artistic side by creating something unique, start a collection, read a series of books. The little joys of youd daily progress will go a long way.

 

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For more on beating depression during the holidays, visit the Johns Hopkins Medicine health awareness page.

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Since the Ebola virus arrived in the United States over the summer, Johns Hopkins Medicine has ensured that every effort possible has been made to ensure staff, patients and visitors are well-informed about its Ebola virus disease preparedness efforts. As a result, numerous employee and patient resources such as:

What Have Been The Most Helpful Ebola Preparedness Resources?

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Click here to view last week’s poll results from "When Do You Begin Holiday Shopping?"

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It's that time of year again... By now you've seen the ads and you know what's on sale this week. These days, holiday shopping deals at your favorite stores are available as early as Thanksgiving morning. Unphased, shoppers continue to come out for these "can't miss" deals and rush of saving money on their holiday gifts has become an event unto itself - even if it means waking up well before dawn to do so.

So when do you feel the urge to begin holiday shopping? Are you an early bird? An annual last-minute shopper? Vote for the answer that applies to you in today's Cast Your Vote.

When Do You Begin Holiday Shopping?

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Click here to view last week’s poll results from "What Type Of Employee Are You?"

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The traits of a valuable employee come in many forms. Whether you're the take-charge type or the calculated planner, your professional characteristics are often your biggest assets. So what type of employee are you? Maybe you have a little bit of a few of these traits in you? Choose the ones that you think match your personality in today's Cast Your Vote!

The Go-Getter - Always willing to do whatever it takes to complete a task, this person may not have all of the skills yet but has the ambition to get anything accomplished.

The Creative - Forward thinking and always outside the box, this person is the go-to for when a slightly different approach to a task is needed and always has their finger on the pulse of new technology.

The Positive Thinker - When things look bleak and hope is lost, you can do it! Why? Because this person says so! A valuable piece in keeping up company morale, you'll always be motivated around them.

The Strategist - Never without a plan, count on this person to outline all the steps you will need to take to accomplish a goal and the steps for Plan B, too. This person is always organized and knows how to get results.

The Problem Solver - It's often easy to identify a problem, but this person knows how to think quickly and find a way to move around those road blocks. This person is sharp and decisive in tense situations.

The Leader - Able to manage many different ideas, tasks and personalities, this person is the epitome of "take-charge". They take on responsibility and know how to get the most out of others, as well.

What Type of Employee Are You?

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Click here to view last week’s poll results from "Do You Work Well Under Pressure?"

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We've all been in situations where the stakes are high. An interview for a dream job, a date with your crush, a presentation in front of an important client all may have caused  butterflies in your stomach at one time. From the time you were a youth playing sports, you encountered situations where your performance would make or break a situation. A recent study from The Johns Hopkins University suggests that in situations like this, performance depends on two factors: the framing of the incentive in terms of a loss or a gain, and a person’s aversion to loss. Read more about this study and what it found out about performing under pressure.

Do you perform well under pressure? Take today's poll and let us know where you stand. Leave a comment and share a story of a time you either came through big or came up short in a pressure situation.

How Well Do You Work Under Pressure?

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Click here to view last week’s poll results from "What Johns Hopkins Social Media Site Do You Use?"

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