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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...

Why we can’t stop going back to the same places?

Have you ever noticed that usually when we are meeting our besties, we choose the same places to hang out most of the time? Researchers, who are studying the nature of human behavior, revealed that a groups of friends stick to a small number of certain places. A specific number of places Even though there is always something new in town that people are up to trying, in most cases, we end up going to a maximum of 25 already tried and approved places at any given time.  Basically, when we are extending our geographic circle with a new bar or restaurant, a previous one is taken away from our list. Yes, it is all about the number. The researchers explain this situation as a result of our laziness and curiosity.   Laura Alessandretti, co-author and Ph.D. researcher at University of London, clar...

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...

Why do we tend to forget people’s names?

Everyone knows that embarassing feeling when you are standing in front of a person and can’t remember his or her name a few minutes later after the introduction. It seems this is a trait that all human beings have in common. Here are the main reasons why it is so easy to forget people’s names. The next-in-line effect If there is a group of people and everyone has to introduce ones’ self, it is hard to concentrate and listen properly. Usually the concentration is devoted to our future performance, when we will need to say our name. Thus, there is not enough of capacity to memorize new names when the brain power is focused on ones’ self. The interest is not there Having interest is key. Some sociologists claim that more socially aware people tend to learn other person name much f...

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...

Why Valencia?

If anyone ever asks you the question, “Why Valencia?” after you’ve explained you have just relocated there, the simple answer is, “Why not?” Safely tucked away out of the hurley burley between Madrid and Barcelona, Valencia is comfortable in its own skin. And what a skin that is. Valencia is an effortlessly livable city, a haven for foodies, culture-vultures and night owls. Valencia has never looked back since it courageously diverted its avowedly flood-prone river around to its outskirts and converted the now dry riverbed into an illustrious verdant park twining its way through the city. On it, Valencia unleashed innovative architectural designs such as the futuristic Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. Just as critical to Valencia’s enduring attractiveness to residents, visitors and expa...

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...