Culture

How our age affects our appetite?

Food is the daily fuel of humans. And our relationship with food is formed by income, availability, trends and even peer pressure. Which means that the relationship can be as much complicated as it is joyful. Hunger is the main stimulant that affects our appetite and informs the brain when it’s time to have a bite. However, nowadays we got into the trap of overconsumption: smell, sound and advertising which all make us eat even we are not hungry. This also affects our eating habits. Anyway, our appetite changes with aging as well. Our lives are divided into seven stages that illustrate the differences of our relationship with food. Knowing this might help fighting against a few main the twenty first century issues: overconsumption, obesity and eating disorders. The first decade, 0-10 In th...

Individualistic vs. Collectivistic Cultures

Cultures are dynamic manifestations of a society’s value choices. They reflect a society’s preferences and approaches to problem-solving together with its citizen’s source of inspiration and motivation. In the world of psychology, cultures are often classified into two camps. Firstly, there are those cultures that are innately collectivist. Secondly, there are those cultures that are that are inclined to be more individualist in their philosophy. The Individualist – Collectivist Divide Individualist cultures, usually represented by Western cultures such as Western Europe and the United States, stress individual fulfilment without regard for their potential impact on collective group goals. This produces a robust framework of competition within a society. Collectivist cultures, often repres...

The Danish unemployment rate is the lowest since 2009

The unemployment rate in Denmark is falling. The number of people who receive social welfare support diminished by 1,400 in June.  Statistics Officially, there are 107,300 people who aren’t working currently and who receive government support. According to the statistics department, the unemployment level is the lowest since 2009 taking into account both the percentage of people who aren’t working and the number of individuals in full-time positions. Even though there has been a steady decrease since 2009 there were some insignificant increases of unemployment in 2016 and 2017. Moreover, the number of people, who are suitable to work but aren’t employed yet, reach 152,000. Meanwhile, it was 148,000 in March last year. So, as we can see, not all numbers are looking better. The labour market...

Millennials are poorer than previous generations

Each generation has their standards of living. Millennials aren’t an exception. Even though their economic situation is discussed aloud as the most challenging, there are some reasons for this. University loans and the coinciding debts (especially in USA), the outcomes of the latest recession, higher expenses towards housing and living costs, excessively competitive job markets, etc. don’t make their life easier. Let’s take a closer look at the financial situation of millennials.  The fundamentals Millennials are people between 18 and 35 years old, also known as generation Y. It’s the largest and most powerful consumer generation (1.8 billion) surpassing Baby Boomers (1.1 billion). These young adults have totally different habits of buying, spending, and saving. This generation grew ...

Tuscan city bans fast food, sex shops, and non-Italian shop signs

Pistoia, a charming Tuscan city, has banned new fast-food restaurants and sex shops from opening in the historic centre. In addition, they have ordered that all store signs must be written only using the Latin alphabet. Tough new rules Earlier this year these tough new rules were set out by the city council and these rules apply to the entire historic centre of the medieval city. Neon cannot be used in any new shop signs or window decals. Signage must all be composed of the Latin alphabet’s own characters, except for texts translated for communication with tourists. In addition to signage, the aesthetic impact of new businesses in the historical sense will be considered and new businesses will have to submit applications of their proposed impact to the city hall. Quality standards Qu...

8 worldwide facts from the 2018 report

These facts are taken from the 2018 best countries ranking report. The survey, based on more than 21,000 people’s opinions, reveals the worldwide condition of global affairs.  1.     The common view about the general situation of the world seems quite somber. 57% of respondents think that the world became less of a nicer place in the last year. A third of them do believe that it’s safe. And around 70% of people assume that the world’s economy is declining, despite the country, reports say. 2.     Over 60% of respondents count more on private companies rather than governmental ones. Moreover, at least three-quarter claims that the internet impacts them to act like a global citizen. 3.     Switzerland is recognized as the best country to live in (the second year in a row) and as a place whic...

Some Good Advice About Chasing Dreams and Following Your Passion

We all have the ability to dream, but not all of us have the courage to live out our dreams. Limiting self-belief systems are often the reason why people aren’t living their dreams. Many believe that their current circumstances or surroundings are keeping them from achieving the things they dream of. Everyone has things they can use as excuses but learning to find those workarounds in our life that give us the ability to succeed, can inspire us to start implementing changes in our lives that need to be made. There really are no excuses; you are never too old, too poor, or too sick to live your dreams. The road getting there may not be the same way as others but if you start chasing your dreams now you eventually will get there. Dreams remain just that until you decide they are going to be ...

The Highest Educated Countries in the World

A Global Competitiveness Report is issued annually by the World Economic Forum. This report provides a set of rankings (well-researched) of all the countries in the world. There are a host of factors related to education which provide holistic scores for each nation. Consideration is given to things such as access to schools, tuition fees, diversity, school quality and educational attainment within the population. Below is a list of the highest educated countries in the world. Nations are ranked in 4 key areas: Capacity This quantifies to what extend a countries overall population has received education, or educational experiences. Deployment Deployment calculates to what degree skills are accumulated and applied among the population in a given country. Development The ability to adapt the...

Italian driving peculiarities

Italians are one of the best car manufacturers in the world. However, their driving skills are widely discussed. Public opinion suggests that Italians are  the worst European drivers. How so? Italians are among the top in the world for owning cars per capita, accordingly, the traffic accidents are numerous. Chaotic driving (fast line changing and braking while in the most cases disregarding the turn signals), anarchical parking, disrespectful behaviour with pedestrians, constant infringement actions against traffic rules are all very common on the roads. In Italian cities an aggressive and fast-paced driving style can be found. Meanwhile, countryside traffic is more laid back. On the other hand, it can also feel annoying when a bus, that is going in front of you, randomly stops without a t...

Relationship tendencies in the 21st century

Relationship rules are shifting very rapidly, and they have become totally different from those we had in the past.  The art of negotiation  The old-fashioned relationship model has a clear task and role distribution among partners. It gave less freedom and had more responsibility (usually based on social stereotypes) but in a way, it ensured certainty. People knew what was expected of them, e.g. it was clear who earned the money, who looked after the children, or who had to take care of the household.  Everything has now changed. Partly, it is an impact of the gender equality movement and women’s rights. These strict rules are fading: there are no clearly-defined roles anymore. Instead, there are many possibilities how to behave and how to construct relationships. Accordingly, it re...

Current social media demographics

4.021 billion people use an internet on a daily basis. This number grows 7% annually. 42% of the world’s population, which is 3.196 billion people, are social media users. Since last year, this number grew 13%. As we can see, social media is inherent in our lifestyle in this century. For this reason, the top 5 social networks and their demographics are revealed in this article. Keep reading it, since there is a great chance that you are a part of these statistics. The list is made according to Spredfast data. Top 5 social networks The first five positions that contain the biggest number of active social networks’ users don’t change much from year-to-year. In fact, they will not surprise you at all. However, the most popular social media sites vary a lot by level of usage in different...

Are the Swiss eating less chocolate?

The Swiss chocolate industry counts 190,731 tons of the treat sold at home and abroad last year. However, the domestic consumption has fallen for the  third year in a row. Meanwhile, exports have been rising since 2012. Does it mean the Swiss started eating less chocolate? 1 bar of chocolate every one and a half days Even though, Aztecs are considered as the ancestors of chocolate, in the modern world Switzerland is widely known to be a chocolate country.   It all started when Francois-Louis Cailler opened a chocolate factory in Corsier near Vevey in 1819. Additionally, the man also founded “Cailler chocolate”, the oldest local brand still in existence.  Since this sweet relationship has lasted almost 200 years, it is not surprising that the average Swiss person eats 240 bars per year. Thi...