Ah, love. Romance, courtship, and relationships have always reflected society in a brutally honest way. A lot has changed over the years, and modern love is no exception to strange customs and rituals. We took a look at the current love landscape to define the New Rules of Dating worth falling for.
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Nobody’s perfect – but apparently, we’d all like to be. Our society’s obsession with self-improvement has become almost ubiquitous; in 2015, 94% of millennials reported making personal improvement commitments. Now, the self-improvement industry has ballooned, valued at $11B. And although millennials make half as much money as older generations, they’re spending twice as much as them on self-improvement (upwards of $300 a month) for methods ranging from the minor to the extreme to the bizarre. We’ve decided we are our own most important investment. Why are we so dissatisfied with our ourselves?
Fashion Week has descended upon New York, bringing with it flocks of peacocks, head-turning models, and perhaps surprisingly, a new era of technology and social activism.
Perhaps because fashion has long been considered a shallow and vapid industry, it’s taking steps to regain favorability and relevance in society. A tumultuous political climate has put pressure on the industry to step out of its elite shadows and make its powerful and influential voice heard. And in an age where feedback from the public is vocal and omnipresent, the fashion industry has come under a lot of fire for issues like body shaming, appropriation, and inappropriate images.
This perfect storm has culminated in New York Fashion week. As Heidi Klum likes to remind us, in fashion, one week you’re in and the next you’re out. So what’s in – and out – at NYFW this year?
We vehemently defend the concept of our privacy, yet give it up so easily. The Patriot Act paved the way for patriotism to be equated with the government invading our privacy, and now people joke about the NSA listening in on our phone conversations. We gripe about ‘big data’ listening to us constantly, collecting data on everything from our favorite gossip website to where we’re thinking about taking our next vacation.
Yet we painstakingly record every detail of our lives on social media, where our digital behaviors are sold to the highest bidder, and we invite smart devices into our homes to constantly listen to us. So do we truly have any privacy today? Do we even want it?
If you worry about future generations finding photos of you during your Kardashian contouring phase, take heart. Such incriminating photos will likely be forgotten as we enter a potential ‘digital dark age’ – a period in which the digital records of our entire generation are lost and forgotten by future historians. The phenomenon represents an irony inherent to modern technology: because we digitize our photos, music, films – and even official documents such as court rulings – to store them safely for long-term survival, we could actually be making ourselves more vulnerable to losing our information.
A wise man once said he does not discuss three things with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.
Americans are no more polarized today than they were 60 years ago. Be it religion, politics, sports teams, or the oxford comma, people have always found contention among one another. But in our particular day in America, the climate is particularly heavy with cultural conflict. With arguments erupting constantly on social media and hot button issues being echoed even in TV commercials, it feels like there’s no shortage of opportunities to clash over differing viewpoints. We think people should be equipped with the proper knowledge and tools to handle cultural conflicts as they emerge; we have a lot to learn from psychologists, diplomats, negotiators, human relations officers, and other professional fields.
Ah, back-to-school. A time when kids weep, parents quietly rejoice, and brands rush to fill the void with new products. If it’s been awhile since you’ve ended a summer by picking out some sick new notebooks, here’s the 411: school is way different than you remember.
How much has technology penetrated the classroom? What’s even cool, anyway? And how are brands getting in on the action? How are schools teaching the next generation to think and solve problems? And do kids still walk to school uphill both ways? We may not remember trigonometry, but we can still count – so here’s a rundown of back-to-school by the numbers.
Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk are both considered visionaries, yet are often pitted against each other as competitors. Both work closely with artificial intelligence, making them well qualified to state opinions on the matter. But last week, a barbed exchange between the two men sparked the nerdiest gossip mill ever, and set off a large scale debate of whether AI is a technology to fear and control, or if it is a key part of our success moving forward.
The debate took on new meaning (one could almost hear the chorus of ‘I told you so’) when two Facebook AI bots started chatting in a newly devised language. As many people joked about it being the sign that Skynet was becoming a reality, the debate intensified over whether or not AI is to be trusted. Is AI our friend or foe?
Today, teams are more important than ever. One study, published in The Harvard Business Review last year, found that at many companies, more than three-quarters of an employee’s day is spent communicating with colleagues. And thanks to the psychologists, statisticians, and sociologists working across academic and corporate spaces, there is perpetually new data about everything from email patterns to team compositions (Google’s People Operations department even explored how often certain people eat together).
What is it that makes reality television so incidiniarily, hair-grabbingly, #!@&* popular? Unlike other forms of entertainment, it creates characters that are larger than life and transcend screens (as well as the limits of syndicated airtime) to the point where it’s impossible to tell where the TV reality ends and true reality begins. But the most compelling and enduring factor behind reality TV’s success is its inextricable link with human nature. It exposes how endlessly curious we are about each other, and the hours we’re willing to spend lost in someone else’s world. We look for an escape from our own lives, but we also look for ourselves in the experiences of others. And the most dangerous part is, unlike scripted content, we can all too easily believe it’s all real.