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Well this came as a shock to many people. To others, it was a pleasant, and long overdue, surprise. TikTok just announced a major change in their servicing, nypost.com reported. The viral video platform is limiting screen time for their users who are under the age of eighteen. This might seem counterproductive to a company that gets paid every time a user watches their videos. But this decision isn’t about making money.

It’s about protecting the mental health of young people in our country.

And it’s about time. Recent studies are showing that young people, especially teen girls, have an unprecedented rate of depression and suicide. In 2021, a whopping third of teen girls reported having contemplated suicide. Yes, that is shocking. And the explosion of social media in the past twenty years is a huge contributor to this decline in our youth’s mental health.

And now companies like TikTok are doing something about it.

Effect immediately, TikTok will automatically limit screen time for minors to 60-minutes per day. The decision came today after social media companies are seeing increasing calls to protect our youth online. For those under 13, the limit will also be 60-minutes per day. The difference being that parents will have to enter a password to give that younger age group more time. Those between 13 and 18 can enter their own passwords to extend their daily use.

Ball’s in your court, parents.

So now it’s up to the parents to ensure that what might be a mere delay in getting more screen time is actually enforced. TikTok is doing an impressive amount of parenting themselves. In addition to the daily time limits, the company has other safeguards. One example is that they will send every teen user a report of their weekly use. In addition, any teen that spends more than 100 minutes a day on the app gets a notification. That prompt is a reminder for the teen to limit their screen time.

TikTok is also changing the schedule of their push notifications.

Currently, 13 to 15 year olds don’t receive notifications after 9pm. 16 and 17 year old users don’t get them after 10pm. But now TikTok will add new “muting” features to Family Pairing. This allows parents to customize when their child receives push notifications. So parents can mute them for earlier bedtimes or when it’s time to do homework or be in school.

The Family Pairing feature also allows parents to get reports of screen time for their kids. Including how often the app was opened and how much time was spent on it.

Research has shown numerous benefits to limiting screen time.

Including an increase in self-esteem and better decision-making. Research has also linked TikTok to shorter attention spans and an increase in ADHD in the brains of children. Numerous deaths across the globe have also been a result of TikTok “challenges” taken by young users.

The new changes will be effective immediately. Thank you, TikTok. Thank you for giving a crap about our kids.

– Wendy Rush

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Classic Rock Singers That Ranked Higher Than Steve Perry

Rolling Stone Magazine just released their list of 200 Best Singers Of All Time. And people are all up in arms about the results. And I’m not just talking about the snub Celine Dion got. There are other people not on the list. I mean, Barbra Streisand? Pat Benatar? Come on…While we are focusing on classic rock artists, their list encompasses all genres

It makes you wonder what this list is based on. It doesn’t seemed based on the singer’s skill or range of vocals. Is it based on relevancy? Bribes given to the list makers? And maybe the snubs are about more than just an authentic grading system. Pat Benatar kept getting snubbed from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for years. It was rumored she ticked off the powers-that-be and was omitted for that reason. Maybe that’s part of what’s in play here.

In any case, a list that sandwiches Bob Dylan between Prince and Freddie Mercury, isn’t celebrating vocal range. In Rolling Stone Magazine‘s defense, they didn’t say they were. They specifically said their list was celebrating something very different: the “deep, empathetic bond between artist and listener” (Rolling Stone Magazine).

And when it comes to vocal quality of some people on this specific list, Rolling Stone Magazine wasn’t focused on that either. They were more interested in the people that have “je ne sais quoi”. The “it factor” in their voice. That explains the likes of Dylan, Ozzy Osbourne and Stevie Nicks. Great singers? No. Great artists? Hell, yes.

Rolling Stone‘s list is a far cry from the “100 Greatest Singers Of All Time” list they did in 2008. That one had a vocal grading system with input from panel experts. This newest list focuses instead on “originality, influence, the depth of an artist’s catalog, and the breadth of their musical legacy” (Rolling Stone Magazine). Okay, we can see where they’re going with this then.

Since we like all things classic, we’re focusing on the list of classic rock artists that landed higher than one of our favorites, Steve Perry, who came in at #82. Wendy Rush

  • #80 - Chris Cornell

    Rolling Stone called him the “Seattle Sound in one singular voice.”

  • #78 - Janis Joplin

    Rolling Stone attributes her position to the fact that she made legend status in her short five years in the limelight.

  • #77 - Bruce Springsteen

    Rolling Stone says his gift is his dynamics, and we couldn’t agree more. Plus he’s got decent dance moves! 🙂

  • #71 - Roy Orbison

    Elvis Presley had so much respect for this man that he wouldn’t cover any of his songs.

  • #70 - Ronnie Spector

    Rolling Stone said Spector’s Be My Baby had “the most yearning vocal in all of rock”.

  • #63 - Robert Plant

    Plant could nail screeching vocals and serene ballads alike. Being the lead singer of one of the best bands of all time isn’t bad either.

  • #57 - Brian Wilson

    Hard to isolate his vocals on some of the Beach Boys songs, but this one really highlights Brian’s voice.

  • #55- Tina Turner

    All hail the Queen of Rock and Roll.

  • #52 - Mick Jagger

    Rolling Stone said of Jagger’s voice: “His guttural-growl moments show off his love of the blues, his flights into falsetto reveal his deep bond with R&B and soul, and those deadpan drawls connect him to country and other roots music.”

  • #50 - Joni Mitchell

    Mitchell‘s vocal range and diversity is just ridiculous.

  • #49 - Rod Stewart

    When it comes to music catalog, stage presence and staying power, Rod Stewart on this list is a no-brainer.

  • #47 - Linda Ronstadt

    Even though Rolling Stone dubs her “country rock”, Ronstadt was famous for trying different genres of music.

  • #37 - Van Morrison

    Van Morrison‘s vocal genius doesn’t just include his singing style. His lyrics reach into your soul and hold on.

  • #36 - Kurt Cobain

    When it comes to Cobain‘s voice, Rolling Stone summed it up pretty well, calling it “a sound at war with itself: often harsh to the point of being grotesque but resolutely melodic even at its ugliest.”

  • #34 - Thom Yorke

    You might only know him as the lead singer from Radiohead, but this guy on his own has a haunting voice.

  • #32 - David Bowie

    His falsetto vocals and unique thespian-esque performances made this guy legendary and a shoo-in for the list.

  • #26 - Paul McCartney

    Paul McCartney has shown that he can stand the test of time, the test of songwriting, and the test of being both a solo artist and part of the greatest band in history.

  • #17 - Elvis Presley

    He’s called the King of Rock and Roll, but Elvis actually spanned across many genres with his music, including gospel, R&B and country.

  • #16 - Prince

    Prince‘s success as an artist is in no part due to his personal connection to his music. He was famous for kicking engineers out of the studio when he was laying vocal tracks.

  • #15 - Bob Dylan

    What Bob Dylan lacks in vocal skill, he makes up for in songwriting ability and uniqueness.

  • #14 - Freddie Mercury

    Freddie Mercury will undoubtedly land on any list of best singers anywhere. Not only because of his four-octave vocal range, but also for his stage prowess. He’s both a good singer and a good performer.

  • #12 - John Lennon

    John Lennon sang in a way that really conveyed his emotion. One of the many reasons he’s on this list.

  • #11 - Little Richard

    Rolling Stone calls him “patron saint of every singer who’s ever pushed their voice to the limit, and right past it, in the name of sending the listener into a frenzy.”