November 15, 2010 |
Evolutionary anthropologist Robin Dunbar has a famous theory that the number of people with whom one can maintain a close relationship is limited to 150 by the size of the neocortex, the part of the brain used for conscious thought and language. The Internet has made it quicker and easier to connect with far-flung acquaintances, but Dunbar says it's impossible to overcome that basic brain programming. With high rollers on Facebook boasting up to 5,000 "friends," digital friendship has become increasingly indiscriminate.
November 23, 2013 |
Keaton Row has added a new twist to online shopping. The website, created by Harvard Business School graduates Cheryl Han and Elenor Mak, pairs shoppers with fashion advisors from all over the country, based on a personal style Q&A given to each new member who signs onto the site. Think online dating but with a refreshed and personalized wardrobe, not a first date, as the goal. "What we realized is that people want a back-to-basics, personal touch when shopping online," Han says.
September 13, 2010 |
The old folk concept that our personal health behaviors rub off on those around us has received a staggering amount of scientific support of late. Over the last few years, study after study has shown that weight gain, drug and alcohol use, even loneliness and depression aren't islands unto themselves but are powerfully contagious — capable of spreading within our social networks just as germs scatter after a sneeze. If your friends are smokers, you tend to light up too, studies show.
January 1, 2011 |
Aries (March 21-April 19): You like things to stay the way they are. Knowing what's likely to happen next makes you feel relaxed and secure. Enjoy it while it lasts. Taurus (April 20-May 20): What would your life look like if you didn't have a worry in the world? Get a vision and analyze it — there is magic and direction there. Gemini (May 21-June 21): You can focus ahead when that's what's needed. But right now it is necessary to use your peripheral vision.
September 11, 2012 |
The number of Americans who consider themselves to be in the lower class is growing, rising to a third of Americans from a quarter four years ago. The Pew Research Center surveyed 2,508 adults and concluded that those who place themselves on the lower income rungs tend to be more pessimistic and stressed and less secure and satisfied than their better-off peers. The group of people ages 18 to 29 who consider themselves in the lower class ballooned in 2012 to nearly 40% from 25% in 2008.
February 21, 2000 |
Ever since my kid got a dog, my social horizons have broadened. Postal workers have forged contacts with me, to tell me they couldn't deliver my mail. Neighbors engage in chats over the hedge ("Boy, she was barking last night!"). And I am well-known at the vet's office, where we've engaged in stimulating discussions about ear mange. Of course, many of us have heard that having pets is supposed to lower stress and make us healthier.