Netflix Cheater, Social Media Grace, Gendered BrainsThe Matt Townsend Show
- Feb 16, 2017
Are you a Netflix Cheater? (33:58) A Netflix study says a new kind of cheating is on the rise: More of us are sneaking away from our partners to watch that thing we promised we'd wait to watch with them. The phenomenon has tripled since 2013, Netflix says. According to the company's data, 48% of streaming couples in the U.S. include at least one partner who has "cheated" on the other. Producer Terry South shares how this has impacted his marriage and Dr. Townsend offers counsel on how to overcome the challenge of Netflix Cheating. Can't Resist the Puffs (55:19) Someone bid nearly $100,000 on eBay for a Cheeto that bears a resemblance to gorilla Harambe, shot by handlers at the Cincinnati Zoo after dragging a small boy who had gotten into his enclosure. The seller says he found the cheese snack in a bag of Flamin' Hot Cheetos, reports the AP. Bidding began at $11.99 on Jan. 28 and ended early Tuesday morning with a winning bid of $99,900. The listing showed a picture of the Cheeto side-by-side with a gorilla climbing a tree. This story ties in perfectly with our new sponsor. For over 27 years Cheesed Puffs has been providing customers with a taste of heaven in the form of little puffs of cheese that crunch when you bit into them and sing when you swallow them. And Cheesed Puffs’ newest product contains Non-GMO milk from hand-massaged cows. These puffs retail for a reasonable $1,000 per bag. Does Social Media End the Spell of Social Graces? (1:01:06) Leslie Shore is a communication expert, professor, and author. As the owner of the consultancy Listen to Succeed, Leslie has worked with corporations, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, health professionals, and educational institutions to up-level their intra-personal and inter-personal communication skills. She is the author of Listen to Succeed: How to identify and overcome barriers to effective listening. We are in the midst of the biggest shift in communication since the telephone was invented. The evidence is everywhere: social media, text messaging, Snapchat, Instagram, video calls. From the workplace, to family, friends, couples, politicians, and educators —the way we talk and interact has and will continue to change exponentially. Now more than ever, we need to examine how we communicate, learn how to listen effectively, think critically, and understand the effect of our communication across all platforms and in different situations. Leslie Shore helps us learn more about communication in the digital age. Are Brains Male or Female (1:49:02) Dr. David Rettew is an associate professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and director of our Pediatric Psychiatry Clinic. He is the author of the book, “Child Temperament: New Thinking About the Boundary Between Traits and Illness.” Since the beginning of time men and women alike have wanted the ever-coveted superpower of mindreading. Wouldn’t it be great to know what your husband was thinking when he forgot your anniversary or what was going on in that girl’s mind when she declined your Valentine in high school? Sometimes men and women act so differently that it seems like our brains must be from completely different planets. But, in reality, are our brains really that different after all? David Rettew helps answer this question and discuss a study testing whether gender can really be found in the brain. Show More...