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Today’s influencer economy can be explained by a 19th century economic theory

March 7th, 2019 at 12:38 pm » Comments Off

At the end of the 19th century, American economist and sociologist Thorstein Veblen said that people take their cues about what to consume from the social class immediately above their own. They want things just beyond their reach. A new paper in the journal Communication, Culture and Critique shows how this theory explains some dynamics […]



Study finds listening to music has negative impact on creativity

March 4th, 2019 at 12:35 pm » Comments Off

A new study has found that listening to music may have a negative impact on creativity. This is contrary to the popular idea that music and creativity often go hand in hand. According to the researchers, the negative impact was found even in cases where the music had a positive impact on mood and was […]



Millennial life: How young adulthood today compares with prior generations

February 26th, 2019 at 1:05 pm » Comments Off

Over the past 50 years – from the Silent Generation’s young adulthood to that of Millennials today – the United States has undergone large cultural and societal shifts. Now that the youngest Millennials are adults, how do they compare with those who were their age in the generations that came before them? In general, they’re […]



Should we retire ‘Retirement’?

February 21st, 2019 at 1:30 pm » Comments Off

As our lives have been getting longer and healthier – compared to prior generations – some people advocate doing away with the concept of retirement altogether. In support of that idea, increasing numbers of workers report in surveys that they expect never to retire, and not just because they can’t afford to but often because […]



Online dating isn’t a game. It’s literally changing humanity.

February 20th, 2019 at 12:15 pm » Comments Off

  Global Thermonuclear War has nothing on Tinder. In our Love App-tually series, Mashable shines a light into the foggy world of online dating. After all, it’s still cuffing season. The swipe is about as casual a gesture as it gets. On Tinder, Bumble and every copycat dating app, choices are made in the blink […]



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