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If you've ever felt guilty for cancelling plans or declining invites after a day spent in front of the computer, you can rest assured that scientists know exactly how exhausted you feel.

While your office job may not require much of you physically, it undoubtedly requires a staggering amount of mental output, and this is why your couch is the most appealing place after nine hours sitting at a desk.

Your need to take a nap after work or disinterest in socialising comes down to something known as mental fatigue and actually has the same effect on the body's energy levels as a long run.

How validated do you feel right now, ladies?

Explaining the science behind it, director of sleep medicine at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital, Dr. Steven Feinsilver, assured the public that their body's response to mental fatigue is legitimate, and feeling thoroughly exhausted after nine hours stressing at your desk is unsurprising.

'Your heart will pump and you’ll produce adrenaline whether somebody’s chasing you, or you’re just really upset about something,' Dr Feinsliver said of mental fatigue when speaking to The Cut.

Further to this, he explained that using our brain requires an inordinate amount of energy, but as we don't break a sweat like we would expending energy during exercise, we don't realise it.

'Your muscles normally aren’t sucking a lot of oxygen out of you,' he said.

'With exercise, they will. But the brain always takes a lot of your energy.'

'We’re animals that are designed to exercise physically as well as mentally,' he continued.

'Mental exertion is real, and certainly may be tiring, but I think it’s probably true that physical exertion makes it more likely that you’ll get a good night’s sleep.'

If you have a desk job and find yourself utterly exhausted at the end of every day, you need to ensure you stay hydrated and take short strolls around the office in order to maintain your wellbeing.


Many would say that working with a computer is not exhausting. You're sitting down all day right?

However, every single office worker out there will sigh and roll their eyes at that statement.

Because, guess what? Office workers all want to faceplant onto the couch the minute they get home (we should know).

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Well, for all those naysayers out there, science has actually proven that staring at a screen all day is pretty tiring.

'Mental fatugue' can be just as bad as going through an intense workout, and you can get it from being really stressed out, or even over-thinking things.

Speaking to The Cut, Dr Steven Feinsilver, who is a director of sleep medicine, said: “Your heart will pump and you’ll produce adrenaline whether somebody’s chasing you, or you’re just really upset about something.

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In other words, if you’re conscious, your brain demands your energy, and will therefore exhaust you when all of your energy is used up.

“We’re animals that are designed to exercise physically as well as mentally,” he says. “Mental exertion is real, and certainly tiring."

See? We knew it all along.


Everyone knows you’re supposed to use a multitude of clever passwords for the various accounts on your computer.

But let’s face it, unless you’re some form of tech-loving coder, constantly coming up with four numbers here and eight characters there probably feels like a bit of a trek.

A new analysis of leaked Yahoo passwords conducted by security expert Dr Jeff Yan from Lancaster University has revealed the ten codes you definitely should NOT be using if you want to protect your virtual information from hackers.

But unfortunately for many of us, these ten passwords look all too familiar.

Check them out below:

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. welcome
  4. ninja
  5. abc123
  6. 123456789
  7. 12345678
  8. sunshine
  9. princess
  10. qwerty

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There’s nothing like a new candle to help a home make the reluctant transition from Summer to Autumn/Winter.

But while the darker evenings already have us craving rhubarb and blackberry-type scents, we can’t say we’ve ever wished our rooms smelled like laptops.

A South Carolinian Apple accessory store is selling “New Mac” scented candles to help people get their favourite computer smell without actually having to invest in another MacBook.

As random they are, the unique candles – which contain hints of mint, peach, basil, lavender, mandarin and sage – have been a huge hit with Twelve South’s customers, with the first batch of New Mac scents selling out in just one day.

According to the store’s website, the $24 soy wax candles will be back in stock later this month.



Ah, remember the good old days when there was only one computer in the house and not only did it take aaaages to turn on, it also made that horrid (yet, funny) noise to hook up to the Internet?

Well, Fine Brothers Entertainment brought a bunch of teenagers in to try out the old Windows 95 and the results are… Well, the results are kinda hilarious.

Not only do they struggle turning the computer on, the also haven't a notion how to use it properly.

One good thing did come out of the little demo though – appreciation. Windows 95 was the beloved founder of the 'start' button, the recycle bin and Internet Explorer.

But as much as we love the oul' thing, we're so glad it's gone and we don't have to wait 30 full minutes just to get the Internet up. 


As far as trendy addictions go, FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) is so last year. The new widespread addiction is FOBO (Fear Of Being Offline).

Yep, according to a study called Coming Of Age Onscreen – which surveyed 18-24-year-olds in 13 different countries – the majority of young people are totally addicted to their phone. 

In fact, 70 percent of people surveyed said they need to be able to check their phones at ALL times. Sound like you?

Here are signs you need to get out of your FOBO funk:

1. The first thing you do when you go somewhere new is check for a Wi-Fi connection and make sure your phone has a signal.


2. And if someone doesn't know their Wi-Fi password, it's just like:


3. You treat your phone like a person with feelings.


4. The first thing you do in when you wake up and the last thing you do before going to sleep is check your phone. And this usually happens while doing so:


5. You sometimes spend the whole day on your laptop and don't realise it until you look up and it's dark outside.


6. If you leave your phone in work, you rather travel all the way back than go without.


7. And don't even talk about planes.


8.You've gone to extreme lengths to charge your phone.


9. And a slow-loading page throws you into a crisis.


10. Losing your phone = losing your BFF.