Month: January 2013

That Cuddly Kitty Is Deadlier Than You Think

>>That Cuddly Kitty Is Deadlier Than You Think <<

That’s right folks that friendly household cat you see performing cute tricks and playing with yarn is actually a cold blooded killer. I realize this is a real issue and all but I really can’t help chuckle at the mental image of a fluffy kitty sparring with a much larger dog as they claim in the article. Also while this article is interesting, I can’t help but wonder what conclusion they are trying to make. It almost seems like they are trying to prove a point without offending anyone (aka cat lovers).

-Monisha

The Lingering Effects of Adolescence

I feel like we’re constantly posting all these articles about (not) growing up, but here’s another one from New York Magazine that a friend sent to me.  It’s kind of a long piece, but it could actually be read as a series of mini articles.

>> Why You Never Truly Leave High School <<

I highly recommend reading through the whole thing, so I’ve included some highlights to whet your appetite:

Pg. 1 – The “reminiscence bump” suggests that memories made between the ages of 15 and 25 are the most vividly retained.

Pg. 2 – Your height, weight and attractiveness at the age of 16 are correlated with your adult success and earning power.

Pg. 3 – This part has two interesting proponents.  The first is that when they incited fear in adolescent mice, this fear was vividly recalled in the mice even after reaching adulthood.  The analogous experiment in adults and children did not have the same result; these mice forgot.  Second, high school and other teenage social environments are a fairly modern idea.  Just a couple of generations ago, many teens didn’t graduate from high school and instead worked alongside adults.  Maybe sequestering teens amongst themselves isn’t the most successful idea…

Pg. 5 – In studies where teens were asked who their best friends were, only 37% of them were reciprocated. When asked by high school students to categorize their classmates into groups (Popular, Smart, Jocks, Outcasts…) only 27% and 37% (in two separate iterations of the study) of the thought-to-be-Popular kids thought of themselves as Popular.

Pg. 6 – In 2000, 10th graders were asked to align themselves with a character from The Breakfast Club.  When evaluated 8 years later, these earlier characterizations proved predictive… EXCEPT for the ones who had identified themselves as princesses at 16.  These women – now 24 – had lower self-esteem than the women who had identified themselves as brainy.

What do you guys think?

– Sandra

A Flood of Suits Fights Coverage of Birth Control

While I don’t know if I completely agree with the government and institutions deciding whether or not women should get to be covered by their insurance for contraception, I can’t deny that this is a pretty hot topic. Also in the article you’ll find a statistic that 99% of women use birth control at some point in their lives, which kind of opens your eyes to how wide the scope of this issue is. I think the stigma with birth control, especially in more conservative areas is that it’s used by younger women looking to cover their bases so to speak. But according to this that is far from the truth. Of course, the fact that insurance providers may be asked to cover things like the morning-after pill throws a whole new wrench into the matter. Whatever your side may be, this is worth taking a look at.

>>A Flood of Suits Fights Coverage of Birth Control<<

-Monisha

Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed

So this is more of a blog post than an article but I think it poses some interesting perspective on some things a lot of 20-somethings deal with in today’s day and age. In fact, I was having a conversation with one of my good friends about this just the other day. I think the best way conversations like that, or articles like this help us though is that they make us self-aware and think about our lives in a way we maybe would not have considered. This guy had to travel the world before he could figure out.

>>Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed<<

-Monisha