News Above the Noise—Week of December 17, 2023
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1. What Does the Working Class Really Want?
With an election year on the horizon, many of us are talking about the candidates for both parties and how divided our nation seems to be. Staff writer at The Atlantic, George Packer, argues that no candidate on either side of the aisle is homing in on what voters—particularly the working class—really want. You can read the piece here.
2. Your Pre-Tax Health Dollars Are Expiring
As 2023 comes to a close, there’s a good chance you’re scrambling to spend Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Savings Account (FSA) money. Here’s the good news: You may be overlooking some “qualified expenses,” such as fitness trackers, meal kits, and more. For a helpful guide to what you can (and can’t) spend your health savings on, click here.
3. Why Even a Partial Digital Detox Is a Good Idea This Christmas
The stats on how much time we actually spend on our phones, captivated by our social media apps are staggering: According to one study, the average person checks their phone approximately 58 times every day. Another found we spend nearly 2.5 hours each day on social media—and even when attending events, we spend about 40 percent of our time taking pictures. Ready for a break, one writer committed to a partial digital detox for the holidays. Read all about it and get inspired to try your own tech detox here.