Month: July 2013

Young Women… Linguistic Pioneers?

Young women are known to gravitate towards several things: clothes, shoes, gossip, frivolity in general… One lesser known – but arguably more groundbreaking – penchant is, believe it or not, determining new linguistic patterns!

From end-of-sentence vocal inflections to “creaky voice”, college-aged women have been and are changing the way the rest of society talks!

>> Young Women Often Trendsetters in Vocal Patterns <<

>> Vocal Fry or Creaky Voice <<

 

– Sandra

The Case of the Ex(es)

Living on the other side of the world from an ex makes things easier, right?  Right?!  Wrong.  In this New York Magazine article, Maureen O’Connor talks about the change in the dating landscape effected by social media and smartphones.  And her conclusions are scarily on point.

>> All My Exes Live in Texts : Why the Social Media Generation Never Really Breaks Up <<

So have you ever de-friended an ex who kept popping up on your Facebook newsfeed with pictures of his new squeeze?  Blocked him on Gchat?  Boycotted social media for a month to detox?  You’re not alone.  Apparently, we’re all doing it.  And it’s seriously ruining our lives.

– Sandra

Those were the Days

What is it about an old song that brings a smile to your face? Maybe it brings with it memories of good time, an old friend or a younger age. Whatever it may be no one can deny feeling nostalgic from time to time after hearing an old song, seeing a photograph or even just looking at the date. While nostalgia was touted for a long time as a negative feeling which brought about depression, studies have recently found that feeling nostalgic a few times a week can actually benefit your overall emotional health and actually make you feel warmer from the inside out. Have a look at this article and then maybe even indulge in some reminiscing yourself!

>> What is Nostalgia Good For? <<

-Monisha

A Storm is Brewing

I recently read Dan Brown’s Inferno which revolves around the theme of over-population and the threat it presents to future generations. This article  talks about another future threat–global warming and the increasing number of natural disasters. The facts presented in this article about the increase in natural disasters in the  future are not surprising but it is interesting to see how unprepared we are to face the impending doom.

I think the increase in natural disasters may just be nature’s way of posing its own solution to the aforementioned problem of overpopulation. Take a look at the article to see if you agree, and read Inferno to see how Dan Brown’s characters find a solution to this problem in the novel.

>>Climate Change Could Make Hurricanes Stronger—and More Frequent <<

-Monisha