Well it's a good thing I don't use twitter that much. Though some might say otherwise because of my politics .
Study: People Who Text Frequently Tend To Be More Racist, Shallow
WINNIPEG (CBS Cleveland) - A new study indicates that people who engage in text messaging tend to be more racist and shallow than their less technologically savvy counterparts.
Researchers at the University of Winnipeg found that young people are specifically susceptible to the trend, according to the Edmonton Journal.
The study was conducted by observing 2,300 psychology students for three years, with observations beginning during their first years of college. Participants were asked to fill out online surveys during the course of the several-year study.
Students who said they sent more than 100 text messages per day were reportedly 30 percent less likely to concern themselves with living ethical lives, researchers including Dr. Paul Trapnell and Dr. Lisa Sinclair were said to have observed.
On the other hand, those who said they sent 50 text messages or less were far more likely to care about living principled lives.
Researchers additionally asked some students to send text messages, talk on cell phones, or abstain from all phone activity during a lab experiment connected to the study.
Afterwards, those participants were asked to rate their approval levels of different groups of minorities and the people who sent more text messages during the experiment also gave more generally negative ratings to different demographics than those who did not.
The brevity of modern forms of communication is said to be a contributing factor to the phenomenon.
Ultra-brief social media like texting and Twitter encourages rapid, relatively shallow thought and consequently very frequent daily use of such media should be associated with cognitive and moral shallowness, researchers noted, according to the Journal.
Well he did say he missed my random blog news snippets, so this is for Sumiki. Enjoy buddy.
And now, from Taiwan, a cautionary tale with the following lesson: Don’t wear T-shirts with writing that you can’t understand.
A fugitive in the town of Huwei, in the southern country of Yunlin, learned that the hard way when he was arrested earlier this month while wearing a shirt bearing the word “Wanted," a police spokesperson told the French news agency AFP.
The criminal, identified in reports by only his surname Wu, didn't know any English, and had no clue what his shirt, a gift from his son, meant.
But as it turned out, a patrolling police officer did; he’d passed a proficiency test and was curious about the word on the tee.
That exchange led to Wu inspiring more questions—no doubt he appeared nervous—and to the cop checking his status on his police system. Which led to Wu being hauled in on drug charges.
End of lesson. Capiche?
Victory for Victor Meldrew, as pessimistic people 'live longer'
It may be an unfamiliar concept to them, but the Victor Meldrews of the world finally have
something to rejoice about.
Richard Wilson as Victor Meldrew in One Foot in the Grave Photo: BBC
By Hannah Furness
10:00PM GMT 27 Feb 2013
Older people blighted by pessimism and fear for the future are more likely to live longer, according
A study, into 40,000 adults across ten years, has found those with low expectations for a “satisfying
future” actually led healthier lives.
In contrast, people who were “overly optimistic” about the days ahead had a greater risk of disability
or death within ten years.
The extraordinary research, published by the American Psychological Association, will not doubt
prove comfort to anyone with a tendency to grumpiness.
Frieder R. Lang, lead author of the study from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany,
said: “Our findings revealed that being overly optimistic in predicting a better future was associated
with a greater risk of disability and death within the following decade.
"Pessimism about the future may encourage people to live more carefully, taking health and safety
The research, based on data collected between 1993 and 2003, asked 40,000 respondents to rate how
satisfied they believed they would be in five years time.
They were interviewed again five years later, and their satisfaction levels compared with their own
Those who overestimated how happy they would be were found to have a 9.5 per cent increase in
reporting disabilities, and a ten per cent high risk of death.
Older people, who tended to have a “darker outlook” on the future, were shown to be the most
accurate in their predictions, with optimistic youngsters overestimating their success.
"Unexpectedly, we also found that stable and good health and income were associated with expecting a
greater decline compared with those in poor health or with low incomes," said Dr Lang.
"Moreover, we found that higher income was related to a greater risk of disability.
"We argue, though, that the outcomes of optimistic, accurate or pessimistic forecasts may depend on
age and available resources.
"These findings shed new light on how our perspectives can either help or hinder us in taking actions
that can help improve our chances of a long healthy life."
Of those interviewed, 43 percent of the oldest group were found to have underestimated their future
life satisfaction, 25 percent had predicted accurately and 32 percent had overestimated, according to
Research published last year by the Office for National Statistics found most people are now living
six years longer than current life expectancy projections, with no sign of an upper age limit.
Previous studies have suggested that “unrealistic optimism” about the future can help people feel
better while facing inevitable negative outcomes, such as terminal disease.
Another, published in 2009, noted that a positive outlook depended largely on where one lives, with
those in London being the grumpiest and those in the countryside being the most relaxed
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Interests: Bionicle, fan fiction, Harry Potter, PS3, Littlebigplanet, BZpower, reading other fanfics, music, tv, philosophy, sociology (the study of human behavior), politics (don't worry I won't bring politics up on BZPower), iPod, weather, Hurricanes, and history.
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Political beliefs: right wing Conservative (John Galt in the flesh IMO )
Religion: Roman Catholic
My Pony Oc
Credit to Toa Mata Pony for drawing this. She's awesome at this stuff.
Vectored image credit to Calamity who lost it then did it again.
In an odd turn of events six Makuta are forced to be the heroes to defeat Six evil Toa and gain the riches of the mythological island of Dermis Nui.
The Unforgiven Sin (working Title)
Three stories, one killer. The island of Cyro Nui has had a long turbulent past, the island has undergone a revolution, lunatics run free and are now animals in the jungles, and the island is divided between North and South. A killer who strangles his or her victims leaving a rose bud near or on the victim is now terrorizing the island one Makuta, two Toa, and three Order of Mata Nui agents begin searching for the Strangler of Cyro Nui.