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As the old adage says: youth is wasted on the young.

NPR recently shared the tale of a 22-year old blogger named Cassie Boorn, who posed an interesting question to the women of the world via her blog. The NPR story explains the intriguing premise:

Say you're in your 30s or 40s and you could write a letter to your 20-year-old self. What would you say?

So far, she's received some extremely varied and wise thoughts. Among them:

  • "Speaking of money, way to not have a credit card yet, that is a good move. Although, seriously: you have no concept of managing money in any kind of real way. That's going to suck in a few years when you do get a credit card, and aren't as good as you should be about paying off the balance."
  • "You look like a damn model. Enjoy that concave stomach and stop being self-conscious about your body."
  • "As for prince charming, thanks for believing that he exists. When you meet him, don't be surprised if he doesn't appear to be much more than a friend at first."
  • "You didn't develop your character because you did everything right.  As that rickety old woman told once you, flowers grow in the valley, not the mountaintop. And you have to walk through the valley to get back up there."

So, the question is: what would you say? Give us a few of your own pearls of wisdom before you send your full letter to her blog.

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Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked
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Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

Netflix infographic "The Year in Bingeing"
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