Don’t Let Politics Ruin the Holidays (Again)

In the Age of Trump, How to Create Healthy Discourse During the Holidays Through Sharing Nostalgic Family Photos, Rather Than Waging a Political Minefield of Bellicose Bickering


A family is thicker than water – except in this post-2016 election era. How many of you walked away from nine punishing rounds of political “discourse” during Thanksgiving last year, vowing never to speak to your once-favorite cousin or idiotic brother-in-law ever again?



If the data is any indication, a lot of us cut visits short or avoided Thanksgiving altogether. In a paper M. Keith Chen of UCLA and Ryne Rohla of Washington State University just released, politically divided families avoided each other last year. Using smartphone data, the researchers determined where people live versus where they spent Thanksgiving – and how long they stayed. Then they collected 2016 presidential voting data at the precinct level to approximate political leanings.



The results were startling. Compared to 2015, Democratic voters were about 5 percent less likely than Republicans to travel for Thanksgiving in 2016. Those who did travel did not significantly shorten their visits to Republican hosts. Republicans were more likely to travel to a distant Thanksgiving dinner, but they shortened their visits by over 40 minutes. Visits were also shortened proportionally to the number of political ads aired in the traveler’s home media market. For every thousand political ads, visits were shortened by 1.5 minutes. In Florida, that resulted in a 1.2-hour reduction in Thanksgiving time for politically divided families.



At the ScanMyPhotos.com corporate headquarters in Irvine, CA, more than 500 million pictures have been digitized

Given the divisive political climate, we continue to live in, things might not be much different this year. So, the big question is, how do we cross that divide? How do we enjoy a calm and (mostly) happy Thanksgiving dinner? How do we get through Christmas without resorting to sword fights with rolls of wrapping paper? How do we survive – and maybe even heal – our broken families?


Agree ahead of time to focus the conversation on what binds you together: your shared family history. Revisit photos and home movies from yesteryear. Put together a slide show of digitized photos and display it on your TV. Ask everyone to bring their favorite family memories to share over dinner. If you have a family historian, request that they tote along the big photo album that contains images going back generations. (And let them know that they don’t have to bring along great-grandma’s fruit cake recipe this year.)


My photo scanning company has digitized more than 1/2 billion family photos, and I often hear from customers about how much these photos mean to them, how many memories they conjured, how many new stories they got to hear from great-grandma because the photos jogged her memory.


Pull out the photos. Share the stories. Maybe instead of reaming each other out this year, you’ll reminisce. Instead of lunging at each other, you’ll laugh. Instead of screaming at each other, you’ll cry together. How far would you travel for that kind of togetherness?


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Published by, Mitch Goldstone, President & CEO, ScanMyPhotos.com

 

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Updated News Revealed From the World of Photo Scanning

Among the hundreds of news profiles over the past 28-years are these recent podcast stories where ScanMyPhotos discusses the world of photography, tech innovations and the art of digitizing 500 million pictures.


TechCrunch: ScanMyPhoto’s Mitch Goldstone Talks About the Ephemerality of Media


TechCrunchExcerpt: In this episode of Technotopia I talk with Mitch Goldstone, the founder of ScanMyPhotos. Mitch started his company with a mission to scan the millions of photos that clog our dresser drawers and closets and he is now scanning hundreds of thousands of photos a day. During the recent California wildfires, Goldstone and his team worked tirelessly to help homeowners who lost their photos and needed access to their old backups. In this podcast, I talk to Mitch about the future of photography, the miracle of digitization, and how many weird photos he’s seen flow by during the scanning process. He’s offering you all a discount if you use the checkout code TECHCRUNCH, which should get you a few dollars off your next scan.



Parenting Bytes Podcast: Preserving Photos From Disasters


Excerpt: Amy Oztan and Andrea Smith hosts the widely popular Parenting Bytes, talk about how to preserve your photos in case of a disaster, including a conversation with ScanMyPhotos.com’s CEO Mitch Goldstone. CLICK TO LISTEN



This Organized Life — simply B organized’s Podcast: ScanMyPhotos!

Excerpt: On today’s simplyBOrganzed episode, we are joined by Mitch Goldstone, Founder of Scan My Photos. If you are overwhelmed with photos, especially ones from years past, this is one episode you won’t want to miss! 



The Dead Pixel’s Society: ScanMyPhotos’ Mitch Goldstone Interviewed on TechCrunch Podcast


The Dead Pixels SocietyExcerpt: Photo-industry PR master Mitch Goldstone of ScanMyPhotos scored another high-profile win with a lengthy interview on TechCrunch’s Technotopia podcast. Host John Biggs described the episode this way: “In this podcast, I talk to Mitch about the future of photography, the miracle of digitization, and how many weird photos he’s seen flow by during the scanning process


 

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Photo Scanning Deal: 6,000* Photos Scanned Under $300, Including Free S/H

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This Organized Life Podcast Profiles ScanMyPhotos

If you are overwhelmed with photos, especially ones from years past, on this episode of Laurie Palau’s weekly This Organized Life — simply B organized’s Podcast, ScanMyPhotos shares advice on how to organize your family pictures and so much more. It is a journey behind the company and how it has digitized 400 million photos.


Listen to the entire episode here.




As an added bonus for everyone seeking professional advice on how to unclutter their homes, our top-rated, must-read organizing book is HOT MESS: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized on Amazon.



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‘Tis the Season to Embrace the Warm and Cozy Concept of Hygge, Here’s What You Need to Know

HyggeThe days are getting shorter and the temperatures are falling. For many the winter months are a time of isolation and weariness—but this is not the case for the Danish.

 

Scandinavians are no stranger to long, dark, and cold days, but rather than begrudgingly deal with the winter blues, they’ve found a way to embrace it through the concept of hygge.

 

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