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Is Google Making You More Forgetful? [Infographic]

Quick – name five close friends or family members. Now, recite their phone numbers, without looking at your smartphone.

Can’t do it? You’re not alone. These days, it’s rare to find someone who still memorizes phone numbers, when all you have to do is tap on a name in your contact list. We’re living in an age where everything is available at our fingertips, from your friends’ birthdays (Facebook will remind you) to upcoming events (set an iCal reminder), or even the last thing you purchased (Amazon tracks your last shopping spree, whether you like it or not). And researchers say our brains are getting lazy because of it.

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What Music Should You Listen to at Work? [Infographic]

Music is a powerful thing. Numerous studies have shown the benefits of playing an instrument, but it goes even deeper than that. Even simply listening to music can affect your emotions, help improve your memory, boost your immune system, and increase your concentration.

Of course, different types of music can affect your productivity in different ways. Just as you might choose an energetic pop song over a slow classical overture to get you through a tough workout, you’ll want to figure out the best music for your particular profession. Take a look at this cool infographic from Sonos to determine the right music for work:

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Infographic: What Makes 54% of us Buy New Music?

According to the 2013 Music Industry Report, music sales were up in 2012 for the first time since 1999. Could this be due to the fact that there are now more ways to find new music than ever? The Internet has opened up many avenues for how to find new music, from thousands of music blogs to streaming services like Spotify and recommendation apps like Twitter’s #music.

Surprisingly, a recent survey found that 54% of people are likely to buy music because of a recommendation from a friend, a much higher percentage than those who will buy based on a blog or YouTube video. It seems that even as the Internet creates more spaces to find new music, social connections and trusted friends continue to  have a big impact on actual purchases. Learn more about the survey’s findings in this infographic via Hypebot: Read more