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LIST: Ways the Telstra outage can change your life

1) Read a book and reinvigorate your preciously acquired deep reading processes. Neuroscience has revealed that humans use different parts of the brain when reading from a piece of paper or from a screen. So the more you read on screens, the more your mind shifts towards "non-linear" reading, a practice that involves things like skimming a screen or having your eyes dart around a web page.

According to Maryanne Wolf, director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University, "I worry we will not use our most preciously acquired deep reading processes because we're just given too much stimulation."

2) Real-life Minecraft as a family, and understand the Buddhist notion of impermanence

Minecraft, the most popular online computer game for kids, is a sandbox style game created by Swedish programmer Markus 'Notch' Persson. But there is no need for the kids to go cold turkey when they get knocked off the server. Get out the tub of building blocks and make real-life constructions. Build a big tower and knock it down and meditate on the Buddhist concept of 'impermanence' -- embracing the fact that nothing lasts forever.

3) Make eye contact and fall in love all over again

A study conducted in 1989 assures that simple eye contact could make a person fall in love with you (Kellerman, Lewis, and Laird). In this study two opposite sex strangers were asked to gaze into each other's eyes for two minutes, which in some cases was enough to produce passionate feelings for each other. Check it out:

4) The obvious. Yes, sex makes the list. No broadband needed for this ancient pastime. Deep and prolonged cuddling without online distraction is also a good choice. Sex has the following benefits:

Improved Immunity. People who have sex frequently (one or two times a week) have significantly higher levels of immunoglobulin

Heart Health

Lower Blood Pressure

It's a Form of Exercise

Pain Relief

May Help Reduce Risk of Prostate Cancer

Improve Sleep

Stress Relief.



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