How to get people read and respond to emails

How to get people to read and respond to emails

Despite being one of the standard mediums of workplace communication, email often suffers considerable neglect. Some have a high tendency to disregard their inboxes especially when unread messages have piled up. Others are simply terrible at writing email messages. Getting colleagues and clients read and respond to emails has become challenging. With the emergence of […]

Gender equality study, education not enough

Gender equality study: Education not enough

Good news: Women are closing the education gap with men. Bad news: A global gender equality study reported that equal access to education does not necessarily mean equal access to quality jobs and government representation. It turns out gender inequality persists despite gains in education because key gender gap remains. In analysing decades of data […]

Dating in the era of dating apps and websites

Dating in the era of dating apps and websites

Dating websites and dating apps have created a new dating culture. The proliferation of portable communication devices such as smartphones and tablet computers has opened new ways to meet new people. But the impact of this merger between technology and romance in building and maintaining long-term relationships remains questionable. John T. Cacioppo et al conducted […]

Study, The case of virgin births in the United States

Study: The case of virgin births in the United States

Virgin births are best reserved for religious and cultural narratives. But there appears to be a growing case of similar miraculous births transpiring in modernity. Several women in the United States have claimed pregnancy without sexual intercourse or using assisted pregnancy technology according to a study published in the British Medical Journal in 2013. Researchers Dr. […]

Fa’afafine, The recognised third-gender of Samoa

Fa’afafine, The recognised third gender of Samoa

Somewhere in a group of islands in the South Pacific, a class of men who display effeminate behaviours and portray atypical masculine roles forms an integral part of traditional culture and greater social structure. They are the fa’afafine of the Independent State of Samoa, the American Samoa, and in several Samoan diaspora including New Zealand. […]

Sleek and mature, Purpose receives positive reviews

Sleek, mature Bieber: Purpose receives positive reviews

This is the year when we all become Beliebers. Staunch naysayers could shrug this idea off but there is no denying that “Purpose” from Justin Bieber is slaying both record sales and critical tastes. Purpose is the fourth studio album of Bieber and the most remarkable for several reasons. Remember that it has been almost […]

Made in the A.M. receives generally positive reviews

Made in the A.M. receives generally positive reviews

Before the English-Irish boy band One Direction goes on an indefinite hiatus next year, they are leaving fans with their fifth studio album—Made in the A.M. This album marks the five-year streak of the biggest boy band in the world and it is the first one to feature the group without the estranged Zayn Malik. […]

YouTube and the participatory culture in the Internet ageYouTube and the participatory culture in the Internet age

YouTube and the participatory culture in the Internet age

YouTube is remarkable for one particular reason. Apart from providing a medium for sharing online videos via a social networking platform, the website has also been credited for promoting participatory culture in this age of social media and global connectivity. Google has certainly done a great job in making YouTube as one of the most […]

The United Church of Bacon, A religion against religions

United Church of Bacon: A religion against religions

There is a church in Las Vegas named after bacon. Despite the humorous association, the United Church of Bacon is a legal church with a serious mission—to promote scepticism, advance secularism, and foster equal rights. Decorated military veteran and self-proclaimed Bacon Prophet John Whiteside founded the church in 2010. It began as a concept among […]

Secret to lasting relationship, Hedonic Adaptation Prevention

Secret to lasting relationship: Hedonic Adaptation Prevention

Some relationships die a natural death. After sometime, the euphoria of love fades and a strong feeling of indifference follows. Some may attribute this to boredom while others may blame complacency. But ruling out personal differences, situational complexities, or infidelity, it is quite tough to fathom why and how individuals in seeming perfect relationships can […]

Quotes, Influential people who support same-sex marriage

Quotes: Influential people who support same-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage is a polarising topic. In the United States alone, the issue has created a sharp divide in the American social and political landscapes. Elsewhere, opponents would often cite religious and moral reasons to justify their condescension. While there are sound social and moral reasons for same-sex marriage, for members of the LGBT community, […]

Rainbow Flag, From White House and celebrities to major brands

Rainbow Flag: From White House and celebrities to major brands

The support has been overwhelming. In the United States and other parts of the world, a rainbow appears to mark the victorious plight of the American LGBT Movement and the community. Love wins. Following the U.S. Supreme Court historic ruling that legalises same-sex marriage across all states, effectively ending a long legal battle over the […]

ISIS women: The role and status of women in the Islamic State

ISIS women: Role and status in the Islamic State

There is a shroud of mystery surrounding the Islamic State due to its isolation from the rest of the world. To a certain extent, the Islamist extremist organisation is a de facto state that has political and economic control over expansive territories in Iraq and Syria. It is also worth mentioning that the organisation has […]

Gender identity, Caitlyn Jenner is more than just a vanity fair

Gender identity: Caitlyn Jenner is more than a vanity fair

When a high profile celebrity undergoes drastic physical and personal reinvention, it would certainly generate extensive media coverage and a great deal of public interest. Thus, the revelation of Caitlyn Jenner was monumental. Appearing on the cover of the July 2015 issue of Vanity Fair, former Bruce Jenner, an Olympic gold medalist dubbed before as […]

Banning smartphones in schools can improve performance of students

Banning smartphones in schools can improve performance of students

A study conducted by economists revealed that banning mobile phones, including smartphones, in schools results in benefits tantamount to extending school year by five days. In other words, banning these consumer electronic devices can considerably improve the performance of students. Richard Murphy, an assistant professor of economics at The University of Texas at Austin, and […]

Why we should consider aging as a disease from a sociological perspective

Why we should consider aging as a disease from a sociological perspective

While human death is inevitable due to lifespan limitation, several scientists have hypothesised that aging is a disease that requires a cure. This proposition is both intriguing and promising because while it attempts to push the limits of science and medicine, it also challenges the social construct of aging. From a sociological perspective, aging is a […]

Buyer’s remorse theory - News consumers are naturally inclined toward bad news

Buyer’s remorse theory: News consumers are naturally inclined toward bad news

A study from economics and policy researchers revealed that the buying habits of news consumers drive media organizations to cover and publicize negative stories. In other words, the public actually demands bad news and the media is merely responding to an apparent market demand. Jill McCluskey, professor from the School of Economic Sciences at Washington […]