Kids These Days

High School Kids Earning $4K a Month Through Gaming Site ROBLOX

A screengrab from Mr. Correira's game, Paintball!. (Screengrab: YouTube)

Josh Correira will start his freshman year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute this fall, but already the 18-year-old is raking in up to $4,000 a month — all because he programmed an online video game.

Mr. Correira has been making money through ROBLOX, an online platform where users — typically kids and teens — create and play games featuring blocks of different shapes, sizes and colors. ROBLOX launched its Developer Exchange program last October, wherein creators can convert the virtual currency earned through their games — called ROBUX — into real live cash. Read More

Survey Says

Shooting Off Those Last Few Texts In Bed Is Ruining Your Sleep

BB. (Photo: Flickr)

Here’s a novel idea: Once you hit the pillow, turn off your phone. A new study (aren’t they all?) reveals that those spate of pre-slumber text messages are leading to a poor night’s sleep.

The Psychology of Popular Media Culture surveyed nearly 100 annoying college students about the quality of sleep and the average number of texts they send every day. Results showed that the more text messages sent, the worse off the night’s sleep is – probably due to all those tired fingers. Read More