Thinking of staying home this Friday night and wallowing on your couch? It’s not just the tub of ice cream that you’ll consume that’ll do you in. It turns out maintaining friendships is equally important to long-term health. advertisement advertisement Social networks–the real kind, consisting of people you know and see in person and not on Facebook or Twitter–are as important to your health as exercise and diet, a new study finds. What’s more, the number social ties you have directly affects your health. The report, out of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, details the kinds of social connections that are important at each stage of our lives. When young and old, the total number of friends we have is important, whereas in our middle years, we need fewer but deeper relationships. The study set out to see how our social connections affect us as we age and found that they have a profound physiological impact. Pulling data from … [Read more...] about Stop Being A Loner, It’ll Kill You
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The scandal hitting Facebook today has been in the works for years. With or without Cambridge Analytica, Facebook was collecting a lot of information about you, sharing it too liberally with outside apps, and ultimately disguising all this behavior with “user-friendly” dark patterns. advertisement advertisement Facebook has already announced some new policies and updates, but the response from Zuckerberg has run along the lines of “we’re fixing it, but this will take years.” With 2 billion people across the world, it’s complicated. It will take time. Still, when we challenged San Francisco design firm NewDealDesign to design a more transparent and honest Facebook, its designers–known for its products made for Google, Intel, and Fitbit–fixed some of the social network’s biggest problems in less than a week. Indeed, it’s easier to be nimble outside a company than inside it. The work, overseen by studio head Gadi … [Read more...] about Designers Just Fixed Facebook. Your Move, Zuckerberg
This is the second installment in The Design of Y2K , a series telling the stories behind the most influential products of the late 1990s and early 2000s. advertisement advertisement In 1996, the burgeoning internet service provider American Online, also known as AOL, was growing fast. The company had just implemented a radical new pricing model: unlimited internet for just $20 per month, rather than a price-per-minute system. User numbers exploded, and AOL’s engineers were fighting to keep up with demand. Eric Bosco joined the company a week before the unlimited plan rolled out. With the rest of the team busy building capacity, his boss assigned the young engineer a project that was still just an idea on a white board: AOL Instant Messenger. Bosco became part of a small, largely autonomous team, a kind of “skunkworks” within AOL, that was building the ambitious messaging functionality. They were led by the vision of Barry Appelman, who … [Read more...] about AIM was the killer app of 1997. It’s still shaping the internet today
Though we’ve never had more ways to connect, many studies suggest that people are getting lonelier, and that sense of loneliness is killing us. advertisement advertisement “Loneliness has a much more complicated effect on mortality, but its effects are just as strong or only slightly less strong than obesity and smoking,” says Dr. Dhruv Khullar, a resident physician at Massachusetts General Hospital who has written about the impact that social isolation and loneliness has on his patients. While there are many causes, ranging from the technology that’s replaced face-to-face communication to the deterioration of traditional community pillars, such as declining attendance at religious institutions and community centers, one major perpetrator might be the modern workplace. “As people grow more isolated in their work, which comprises more than half of most people’s day, that is in many cases a missed opportunity to interact,” says Khullar. … [Read more...] about Could Working Remotely Be As Bad For Your Health As Smoking?
According to data by LinkedIn, more summer interns are hired in March than any other month of the year. advertisement advertisement There were 70,000 U.S. internship listings on the professional networking site in February. If historical trends are any indicator, that number will likely jump above six figures during the month of March. “It is the dead center of internship season; it is a crucial month,” says Lauren Berger, founder of Internqueen.com and author of two books on interning, including All Work, No Pay and Welcome to the Real World. “If you don’t have those materials ready, sit down this weekend, block out some time, give those materials a facelift, go over your resume and your cover letter, and make sure you’ve got some references ready to go.” How To Get An Internship Without Experience It can feel like a catch-22: Experience is required to get an internship, but an internship is required to gain experience. But Berger says … [Read more...] about Why March Is The Best Time To Apply For A Summer Internship