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What is in Facebook and why is it addictive?
Nearly 47 million people in the Philippines are obsessed with Facebook and Filipinos gawk at their account at least 1.5 hours every day. That's a staggering 25 billion hours of social media stuff down the throat and into the nation's brain systems each year.

Let's have a look at just what is in Facebook, why it's so addictive and how it affects you.


Why is Facebook so addictive?

In an article from news.com.au, it said researchers from California State University-Fullerton had recently discovered that social media obsession may lead to something akin to classical addiction.

The findings, published in the journal Psychological Reports: Disability and Trauma showed that the brains of people who report compulsive urges to use Facebook show some brain patterns similar to those found in drug addicts or problem gamblers.

They found that peer approval on social media (e.g. having people ‘like’ your photos on Facebook) releases dopamine in the brain. This is the same chemical that is released when you take drugs, or when a gambling addict has a win at the pokies.

“It’s a drug that feeds the ego of the self, the ego of me,” explains consumer trend expert Michelle Newton to The Huffington Post.

“From breaking news, to information about parenting, friends’ activities, work and shopping: social media is a closed digital ecosystem of existence.”

It’s a serious issue, as so many people are ‘exposed’ to this digital dopamine. Almost 50 per cent of the total Filipino population has a Facebook account. According to a Rappler report the average time Filipinos spend on Facebook every day is 1.5 hours. 

Ofir Turel, a psychologist at California State University-Fullerton says people addicted to Facebook “have the ability to control their behavior, but they don’t have the motivation to control this behavior because they don’t see the consequences to be that severe.”

As we know, there’s a dark side to addiction of any kind — if we don’t get that dopamine rush we’re craving it can lead to feelings of depression. (Perhaps you can identify with that feeling of disappointment when you post a photo on Instagram and don’t get the enthusiastic response you’d hoped for?)


Giving up social media (maybe, once in a while)

If you feel like social media is having a negative impact on your life (or that of your children) it might be time for a digital detox. Take control of smartphones and tablets in your house. Limit the use of social media from dinner tables and bedrooms. Turn off notifications. Turn off gadgets periodically. 


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AFTER THE HYPE: Are the millenial-driven food parks so yesterday?
In pop culture, as in nature, what goes up must inevitably come down.

For a while, the brightly-lit food parks in Metro Manila were the sight to be seen. But trend spotters suspect the popularity of the millennial-driven food hubs has peaked.


What are food parks?

Food parks are the perfect place for drinks with friends or a quick and nearby food trip. Over the past year, they cropped up all over the metropolis, serving up a whole host of cuisines in one place, so you can order and share as you like.

They're usually al fresco dining, open until late in the evening, and there's sure to be a food park near anywhere, waiting for you to visit.


The food park hype

When I saw (one of) the first food park set up shop in Quezon City (I think sometime last quarter of 2015), the parked customer vehicles along the road were a kilometer long. The wait time for tables takes about an hour.

But now, the line of cars are shorter, and one can even grab a seat without having to fight for it with other food addicts. Has the food park fever passed? Did they ride the wave too quick -- their surfboards hitting the beach?

The food parks may not be as flashy as your favorite restaurant who has kept their place in the food wars secure, but they stood out, mainly in the millennial market. Many of them have inspired cult-like devotion among the younger consumers, or skyrocketed in sales in the midst of the fad.

In 2016, the rise in popularity of food parks was followed by multiple food parks in most places within Quezon City and in other cities. The demand for vacant lots for food parks increased by more than 10 times in Metro Manila in that same year.

Over time they began to offer more cuisines, from Mexican to Thai to Indian dishes. With what they have to offer, no wonder they had a hold on the local millennial audience for quite some time.

But rapid popularity led to many ripoff versions. Lots of enterprising people danced with the fad even when the food they served were below satisfactory. Then there's overpricing. Many faddish food hubs tend to sell their wares at prices higher than those you would find at a local restaurant.

In contrast, while the craze passes, business in some food parks remains steady. While they aren't as crowded as they used to be, the crowd of its heyday arrives during weekends. In a working day, when I and my family had dinner at a nearby food park, there were lesser activity. But one Saturday evening when we visited again, the number of customers were plenty.


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Nicole Asensio on the cover of FHM's September 2017 issue
General Luna's frontwoman Nicole Laurel Asensio is FHM's September cover girl.

Coming from a family of artists (Fides Cuyugan-Asensio, Cocoy Laurel, Iwi Laurel, Denise Laurel, Rajo Laurel, etc.), Nicole started her professional career in musical theaters, before doing lead vocals for the all-female band General Luna.

This month's issue also includes an exclusive chat with legendary hitmaker Jose Mari Chan—just in time for the -ber months—and a first-timer's gentleman's club field trip.

FHM September 2017 is available in supermarkets, convenience stores, newsstands, and bookstores nationwide!


Nicole Asensio FHM September 2017

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Is your car an SUV or a crossover MPV? Here's how you can tell the difference
It can be confusing at times.

When you go and shop for a family car, chances are you've considered big, bulky vehicles that can accommodate more passengers and at the same time, allow a generous cargo space. You could have chosen between a sports utility vehicle (SUV) and a crossover multi-purpose vehicle (MPV). Both vehicles can carry 7 passengers, and both permit a liberal amount of load in their boots.

If you're starting to wonder "what's the difference?", here's how you can distinguish one from the other.


The difference is all about the platform

SUV - A sport utility vehicle or suburban utility vehicle (SUV) is a vehicle which uses the chassis of a light truck, but operated as a family vehicle. SUVs are similar to a large station wagon or estate car, though typically featuring tall interior packaging, high H-point seating, high center of gravity, high ground-clearance and especially four- or all-wheel-drive capability for on- or off-road ability. Some SUVs include the towing capacity of a pickup truck with the passenger-carrying space of a minivan or large sedan. Examples are the Ford Expedition (full size SUV) Toyota Fortuner (mid-size SUV) and the Hyundai Tucson (compact SUV).

MPV - A crossover or multi-purpose utility vehicle (MPV), meanwhile, is a vehicle built on a unibody car platform combining in highly variable degrees features of a sport utility vehicle (SUV) with those of a passenger vehicle, especially a station wagon or hatchback. It usually has the two-box design of a shared passenger and cargo volume with rear access via a third or fifth door, a liftgate – and flexibility to allow configurations that favor either passenger or cargo volume, e.g., fold-down rear seats. Examples are the Toyota Innova, Suzuki Ertiga, Honda Mobilio, and the Mitsubishi Xpander.


Common ground

Using unibody construction typical of passenger vehicles instead of the body-on-frame design of light trucks and the original SUVs, the crossover MPV combines SUV features – such as a tall interior, high H-point seating, high ground-clearance, and all-wheel-drive – with those of an automobile – including independent rear suspension, car-like handling, and lighter weight and better fuel economy than trucks or truck-based vehicles.

Crossover MPVs are typically designed for only light off-road capability, if any at all, and are offered with front wheel drive, rear wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

The term "crossover" is to describe a vehicle that was "crossing over" from the practicality of an SUV to the drivability and fuel efficiency of a car.


Afterword

While the difference between an SUV and an MPV is clear, it doesn't always work in practice. Many shoppers have been using the terms interchangeably, referring to car-based, unibody vehicles as SUVs even though they're crossover MPVs by definition.

Not only are there a lot from which to choose, but with car manufacturers often swapping these terms, it can be tough even to know what’s what.

The result is that the term "SUV" is now often applied to both crossover MPVs and SUVs.


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Mara Lopez, Amanda Villanueva on the cover of FHM's August 2017
It's twice the fun inside the territory this rainy August.

Mara Lopez and Amanda Villanueva are the twofold cover girls for FHM's August 2017 issue.

Mara is the daughter of beauty queen and sexy actress Mara Isabel Lopez, who is also a surfer and TV personality. Amanda, meanwhile, is a volleyball player for the Premier Volleyball League team BanKo Perlas.

Featuring in this month's issue: the uncommon obsessions of rare find collections, a complete guide to not being a Mr. Creeper of women, and where to eat unlimited bacon in the city.


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Mara Lopez, Amanda Villanueva FHM August 2017

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