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What do bilingualism and video games have in common?

What do bilingualism and video games have in common?

We speak of bilingualism when a person masters two languages ​​at a similar level and speaks them fluently (either from the cradle or at a later age). Today in our global society, millions of people are able to communicate in more than one language . Speaking several languages ​​is often worthy of admiration by people who do not have […] … learn more→

College students in Austin, Texas, have dwelled in windowless rooms for years − here’s why the city finally decided to ban them

College students in Austin, Texas, have dwelled in windowless rooms for years − here’s why the city finally decided to ban them

In the past few years, the city of Austin, Texas, has approved the construction of thousands of windowless rooms in new apartment buildings next to The University of Texas at Austin. Most of these rooms are being leased to UT students, resulting in a deterioration of their well-being. In April 2024, the Austin City Council finally voted to ban […] … learn more→

A musing on email signatures

A musing on email signatures

I haven’t often thought about the work that’s done in email signatures. But I do generally have a look at what people have sitting there underneath their name. And I’ve recently been struck by five things: a lot of colleagues put a prepared corporate logo from their university or research centre in their signature. I have […] … learn more→

The metaverse could change our religious experiences, and create new ones

The metaverse could change our religious experiences, and create new ones

New technologies have always informed and changed our religious experiences. Listening to early radio broadcasts in the 1880s was experienced by many as religious because radio voices seemed to come from some other dimension. Séances became wildly popular at the time because it was thought by some that radio had opened a door to the spirit world. […] … learn more→

Gen Zers and millennials are still big fans of books – even if they don’t call themselves ‘readers’

Gen Zers and millennials are still big fans of books – even if they don’t call themselves ‘readers’

Identifying with an activity is different from actually doing it. For example, 49% of Americans play video games, but only 10% identify as gamers. According to a recent survey we conducted, there’s also a small gap between reading activity and identity for younger readers: 61% of Generation Z and millennials have read a print book, e-book […] … learn more→

Have smartphones created an ‘anxious generation’? Jonathan Haidt sounds the alarm

Have smartphones created an ‘anxious generation’? Jonathan Haidt sounds the alarm

The social psychologist Jonathan Haidt’s new book The Anxious Generation delivers an urgent call for action. Haidt argues that the evidence is in. Teenagers’ widespread use of smartphones is causing a mental health crisis. Individual, collective and legislative action is required to limit their smartphone access. Haidt begins his book with an allegory. Imagine someone offered you the […] … learn more→

Ways to simplify your life as you get older

Ways to simplify your life as you get older

As you get older, you should be spending your time enjoying the things you have worked hard for, not unnecessary tasks. Simplifying your life can help you save time and money while reducing stress. It’s easy to become attached to routines or habits that don’t really serve you well, and this is a great time […] … learn more→

Healthy aging: Wellness tips for seniors in senior living communities

Healthy aging: Wellness tips for seniors in senior living communities

Key Takeaways: Regular physical activity tailored to seniors promotes mobility and wellness. A balanced, nutrient-rich diet supports overall health and can prevent diseases. Active social engagement is crucial for emotional well-being in senior communities. Mental stimulation through cognitive activities enhances brain health. Quality sleep and stress management contribute to seniors’ healthier, happier lives. Table of […] … learn more→

What is meaningful work? A philosopher’s view

What is meaningful work? A philosopher’s view

Work is an inescapable feature of the modern world. Most of us, except for a lucky few, spend a significant portion of our lives working. If this is the case, we may as well try and make it meaningful. In a 2019 report, 82% of employees reported that it is important to have a purpose in their work […] … learn more→