Here are some things I read this week that made me think. (These are just snippets – click on the title to read the whole thing.)

7 apps that could help you save more money in 2017 from Natasha with Mic: Money

“Luckily, the explosion of finance-based apps means there are more tools than ever at your disposal when it comes to tracking your spending or straight-up automating your financial goals. Mic combed through the latest money apps to find the best options for everything from saving more to finding the best deals and the cheapest flights.”

“Every week we’ll answer one question, like: “What power does the Chief of Staff have?” “How do vetoes work?” or “What is gerrymandering?” You might know some of this stuff – but could you explain it at a dinner party? We’ll answer a new question every week for the first 100 days of the new administration.”  Here’s a link to the Podcasts

“Once a user tallies up a few swipes, they will start to be matched with other users who hate the same things. I mean, that sounds pretty legit. The Cut reports that the creator of the app is actually a comedian, and the concept came from a comedy sketch idea. Hater CEO (and former Goldman Sachs employee) Brendan Alper says, “The more I thought about it, the more I thought ‘Hey, even though this was a funny idea, it actually makes a lot of sense.”
A black Dallas family ‘did everything America said we should’ but still endures racism daily from Sarah with Dallas News

“It’s not that they have been harassed by a rogue police officer — the mistreatment that captures headlines. It’s the thousand other ways they are made to feel criminalized, less than, invisible….

This is the gulf in America that people of color feel every day. Whites live on one side, largely unaware it even exists. Families like the Waterses live on the other, exhausted by racial questions intrinsic in each day, each hour, each minute.”

A 12-year-old girl live-streamed her suicide. It took two weeks for Facebook to take the video down. by Kristine with The Washington Post

“The girl’s death underscores the slippery slope entailed in providing a platform people can use to share their lives publicly in real time. Last July, Facebook acknowledged that while live video can be a powerful tool to document events, sharing — and allowing — videos on the platform must be done responsibly. But what has often surfaced is jarring and, sometimes, graphic content.”

Why you should try a phone-free vacation (and how to actually pull that off) from Erin with Well and Good

“’The younger generation is the one getting the bad end of the stick, because to them, ‘not working’ often means answering 15 emails and taking a conference call. They don’t realize that 10 years ago, that’s not how it was.’

Davis knows what she’s talking about: She experienced the dark side of the smartphone revolution herself. A former digital strategist who was “always on,” she suffered from brain fog, lack of focus, and waning creativity—classic signs of burnout—and only saw her symptoms lift when her husband forced her to give up her phone during an eight-day trip to Hawaii several years ago.

That experience gave her the clarity she needed to start Folk Rebellion, and now she creates experiences to help technology addicts develop healthier relationships with their devices. (Next up is a February retreat to Canada to see the Northern Lights before they go dim for a decade—yes, really).”

Ten Meter Tower: Would you jump? Or would you chicken out? from Maximilien Van Aertryck and Axel Danielson

“Our objective in making this film was something of a psychology experiment: We sought to capture people facing a difficult situation, to make a portrait of humans in doubt. We’ve all seen actors playing doubt in fiction films, but we have few true images of the feeling in documentaries. To make them, we decided to put people in a situation powerful enough not to need any classic narrative framework. A high dive seemed like the perfect scenario.”