Mitch Albom Detroit Free Press Published 12:00 AM EDT Apr 14, 2019 God is tied. A recent survey showed there are now as many Americans who claim “no religion” — 23 percent — as there are who identify as Catholic or evangelical, the two largest affiliations. This trend has been rising steadily, reportedly growing nearly 270 percent in the last 30 years. Which means next time they take the poll, America's most popular answer to "What is your religious tradition?" will be "None."” None? This might shock our forefathers, who created this country for the right to religious freedom, and who referenced the “Creator” in the Declaration of Independence. So why are people so discouraged? Has God lost His (or Her) luster? Or is it something else? Well. Before we look to the heavens, let’s look across the earth. Bad things, in the name of religion Here is a random sampling of things done or said by “religious” people in the … [Read more...] about Mitch Albom: New American tune: Losing our religion
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By Moiz Subhan Published: October 16, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email We do not realise just how damaging excessive social media use can be. PHOTO: PICJUMBO “He is only 19 and so accomplished, what am I doing with my life?” “My hair never looks like that model on Instagram.” “Man! He is having the time of his life and I am just stuck in this miserable job!”“Why am I just sitting here in my pyjamas at home while this guy is vacationing in Bali?” Do you recognise the pattern in these statements? Have similar thoughts gone through your mind recently? If they have, you were probably thinking like this while surfing through your social media, being too depressed to do anything. Unfortunately, we do not realise just how damaging excessive social media use can be. Is the impact of social media on our mental health worth talking about? Yes, it is! Most of us come across news of individuals committing suicide, either due to depression … [Read more...] about The new high: You’re depressed not because “your life sucks” but because of Facebook and Instagram
Since Facebook reported last week that hackers had stolen access tokens to almost 50 million accounts, there have been no signs that the perpetrators leaked any user data online or published content on the site without permission. That’s an encouraging sign, say security experts. “The good news is there’s no evidence that it’s happened, and trust me, everybody’s looking,” Chester Wisniewski, principal research scientist at security firm Sophos, told Fast Company. But many Facebook users are understandably still concerned about the ramifications of the attack, which could have allowed hackers to siphon off personal data about themselves or their friends, or potentially gain access to third-party sites and apps that support Facebook login. Those services run the gamut from dating services like Tinder and Bumble to streaming services including Spotify and Tidal to e-commerce sites such as Etsy and Airbnb. “Most of those [thousands of] … [Read more...] about Facebook data breach: 4 simple steps to stay safer right now
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Personal Tech Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today's Paper Advertisement Supported by Tech Fix ByBrian X. Chen Aug. 15, 2018 Online ads have always been annoying, but now they’re worse than ever. Consider what happens when you shop online for a wristwatch. You peruse a few watch websites and the next thing you know, a watch advertisement is following you everywhere. On your computer, it’s loading in your Facebook feed. On your phone, it’s popping up on Instagram. In your web browser on either, it’s appearing on news sites that have nothing to do with watches. Even if you end up ordering the watch, the ads continue trailing you everywhere. They’re stalker ads. And they are a symptom of how online ads are becoming increasingly targeted and persistent. Tracking technologies like web cookies are collecting information about our browsing activities … [Read more...] about Are Targeted Ads Stalking You? Here’s How to Make Them Stop.
Sometimes words just aren’t enough to convey what you have to say. People tend to use emoji in both normal and unorthodox ways, and the emoji you use actually says a lot about you. Enter Emojinalysis, a Tumblr blog that tells you what’s wrong with your life based on your recently used emoji. Dan Brill, the creator of Emojinalysis and copywriter at ad agency Droga5, felt inspired to start this project after realising that his recently used emoji were a bit concerning, he told Business Insider. There was a lot of booze, distressed faces, and things exploding. That made him question if he was actually OK. But instead of dealing with his own problems, Brill decided to instead analyse other people’s. “Mostly I just try to tell a good story,” Brill said. “It’s sort of like a crime scene investigation. You’re picking up a bunch of seemingly disconnected things and trying to see what fits together. Except instead of fingerprints it’s a … [Read more...] about The Emoji You Send Actually Say A Lot About You