6 Things You Need To Know Today (March 8, 2018)

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1. Women who prioritize their own pleasure are also more likely to decline unwanted advances.

According to a new study published in Sexuality and Culture, women who put their own pleasure first in sexual situations are less likely to have sex they don't actually want to have. And in a society where it can often seem like a woman's pleasure comes last, this is extremely important. "The belief that sex is all about fulfilling male desire may set women up to engage in undesired sex for the sole purpose of pleasing a partner," explains researcher Heather Hensman Kettrey. "If a young woman’s desire is not sufficient justification for engaging in sexual activity, then her lack of desire in a given situation will not be sufficient justification for refusing sexual activity." (PsyPost)

2. This year's Arctic winter is the warmest on record.

The director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado, Mark Serreze, who has studied the region since 1982, said, "I’ve never seen anything like this." Sea ice levels are at an all-time low for the season. "It’s just crazy, crazy stuff," said Serreze. (Independent)

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3. Can't organize your home no matter how hard you try? You're not alone.

According to the pros, a lot of people suffer from "chronic disorganization"—less severe than hoarding but still worse than your everyday disorganization. It's often the result of long-term struggles with clutter and failed attempts to organize in the past. The key to helping them clean up their act? Don't pass judgment, and instead ask questions like "Why does this clutter exists in the first place?" (The Cut)

4. McDonald's new hamburgers feature fresh beef.

The chain is making the switch from frozen to fresh beef, a move that's meant to affect flavor. While the move might make the hamburgers taste a little better, ultimately it won't change their health qualities (or lack thereof). (Grub Street)

5. Some experts say smartphones aren't causing tech addiction––it might be our need for connection.

A new study published in Frontiers in Psychology has linked the dysfunctional use of smartphones and technology to not our hyper-dependence on the devices but instead our desire to connect with other people. However, the findings also suggest that such healthy urges can manifest as unhealthy addictions. (EurekAlert)

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6. This study questions the value of omega-3 supplements.

New research published in the scientific journal JAMA Cardiology looked at 10 different clinical trials involving omega-3 supplements and heart disease. They found that there was no significant association between omega-3s and a reduction in coronary heart disease or any major vascular events. (JAMA Cardiology)

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