Category: Viral Topics

Cutting phone time when hours with your devices are a necessity

With social distancing protocols in place amid the Covid-19 pandemic, and hours of isolation taking a toll on our sanity, screens have been a saving grace for many.

Amid the crisis, views on Instagram Live doubled in one week, Facebook reported a 70% increase in Messenger group video calls and WhatsApp has seen a 40% increase in usage.

“Reaching for our phones is a common coping mechanism for the unknown,” says Doreen Dodgen-Magee, an psychologist based in the US state of Oregon and the author of Deviced!: Balancing Life and Technology in a Digital World. “We stay connected to our screens and the news that they provide, hoping that it will help us feel less anxious.”

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Here’s how you can stop bad information from going viral

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You want to help family and friends and keep them in the loop. So, when you receive fresh advice – whether by email, WhatsApp, Facebook or Twitter – you might quickly forward it on to them.
Coronavirus misinformation is flooding the internet and experts are calling on the public to practise “information hygiene”. What can you do to stop the spread of bad information?

Check out these seven steps before sending any information you receive to your friends and relatives. If you follow these pieces of advice, you’re already doing more than you think.

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5 curiosities behind the story of the Three Wise Men

They’ve been called magi, kings, and wise men. But who were they, really? We know that the Bible is inerrant, but do we know that throughout time traditions have been added to the true Biblical story? You may be shocked to hear this, but there are multiple myths surrounding this brief story written in Matthew 2. They were most likely the King’s personal advisors. Their responsibilities included reading the stars, and a host of wisdom-seeking work. Some early church traditions say there were twelve. Today, we choose to honour three, because three very significant gifts were offered. Over time, church traditions have assigned them names: Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar.

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How to get along with someone you don’t like at work

We all might work with people we do not like and most of the time we try to ignore it at first but, what about if the problem only gets worse and worse each time you see ‘that’ face? We spend half a life in our workplace so, why would not you want to be happy there? If you can think of someone that really gets under your skin, it is crucial to face the problem and not to put off the conversation, see if you can reach an agreement between both.

In this line of study, executive coach Jenny Bird and Acas’ Alex Newton teach us 5 tips on how to manage workplace conflict through this quite interesting video.

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The origins of trick-or-treat: how did Halloween start?

Trick-or-treating—setting off on Halloween night in costume and ringing doorbells to demand treats—has been a tradition in the United States and other countries for more than a century. Its origins remain murky but traces can be identified in ancient Celtic festivals, early Roman Catholic holidays, medieval practices—and even British politics.

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  • Did you know all this information? Do you celebrate (or have you ever celebrated) Halloween? Is it more for kids or can adults also enjoy it? Please leave your comments below!
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Young translators: children helping their parents to communicate

When a family arrives in a new country, often the children are first to pick up the new language – and inevitably, they become the family translators. Thousands of migrant children in the UK translate for their families every day. Often the children were not pleased to be dragged from Italy to the UK; learning a new language and translating for their parents was a burden. Researcher Dr Humera Iqbal describes what it’s like to be a child responsible for dealing with doctors and landlords, bank staff or restaurant suppliers.

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Femtech: what is it, a wrong term in the right time?

The meteoric rise of the label “femtech” to describe technology products, apps and hardware addressing women’s health and well-being issues divides opinion. While some say it helps the sector secure vital funding from male-dominated venture capitalists, others argue that it unnecessarily pigeonholes women’s health. Nevertheless, there are some relevant points to be taken into consideration such as Carolina Milanesi, an analyst from Creative Future declares: “If you’re looking at having babies and helping people figure it out, then that is not just a female problem, it’s a family problem“.

What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you think that your opinion might be influenced by your biological sex?

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“Oh my God! Es muy heavy.” Does English interfere with your day-to-day conversations?

English is increasingly mixing up with other languages, as it is the case with Spanish, which has already adopted a wide range of terminology as part of its own vocabulary. See, for example; feedback, post, hashtag, CEO, brainstorming or community manager. And who doesn’t remember the famous ”relaxing cup of café con leche in Plaza Mayor” during Spain’s bid for the 2020 Olympic Games? The RAE states that not all Anglicisms are needed because the Spanish language is rich in the lexicon but the proper use of vocabulary is being lost, is this the case? Do you think that learning English can interfere with your mother-tongue linguistic usage?

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Spain is Taking Care of Business

How many people do you know either in GB or in Spain who are somewhat up in the air with the Brexit ordeal?  They have invested their life savings in living in Spain, or have dedicated their career to working in Great Britain – so – what will happen next? How will things continue?  Can things get even worse?  When you purchase a home in a different country, I would venture to say that it is some sort of risk, after all, one must abide by the local laws, and those are bound to change one day or another.  However, there is some underlying understanding that we all share, in the first world, that, well – everything is going to be fine – what could happen after all, eh?  Well – it can happen – and it seems that – it will!  I trust that people are getting their affairs in order, but it seems that they are quite dependant on other factors.

So – suggested homework:  read this article.

Answer the question, make a list – what would those affairs be?

Have a great day.

The Eye in the Sky

Drones – what outweighs their advantages?  A few years ago I met a person who was somewhat frustrated, at having started a drone company – and not having the legislation to back it up.  He was utterly convinced of the brilliant future for the technology.  This hasn’t been a topic of conversation for me since, nobody has brought it up.  I think it’s one of those “givens” – something that we just all accept as part of the onslought of technology that we will have no say in.

Let’s take traffic – for example.  It’s an honourable way for the government to keep the flash flow coming, no? In the end – it is to protect us.  The only thing is that up until now – most of us at least – could see it coming.   Well – not any more!  Beware, as this article states – you could be given a ticket by a drone!

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Questions that come to mind:  Will they eventually replace human police officers for most traffice activities?  Will it effect traffic in a positive way?  Will people become more responsible behind the wheel?

I certainly hope so!

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