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My Expats World | Gen Z is troubled by phone boredom

Generation Z is also known as the iGeneration, which has started using the internet since a young age. This makes them proficient users of current technology and social media.   Even though teens have a full access to the technology today, they claim they feel very bored by it.  A new type of boredom  This case may sound a bit strange since we have lost those moments of daydreaming. In fact, it is quite difficult nowadays to be bored when our phone can entertain us while having free moments: Facebook, emails, Candy Crush Saga, etc. However, today’s teenagers are still feeling bored, which creates a new type of boredom: phone bored.  Many of these teens and tweens are growing up with 4G internet, laptops, and social media. Well, basically with everything that earlier generations started to ...

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 ...

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...

Internet censorship in China

Internet in China is strictly controlled by many laws and administrative regulations. It is the most extensive and advanced online censorship operation in the world. More than sixty Internet regulations have been created by the government of China, which have been implemented by provincial branches of state-owned ISPs, companies, and organizations. The governmental authorities of China block access to selected foreign websites and slow down cross-border internet traffic, also monitors individual activity of users. Moreover, it limits the access of foreign international tools and mobile apps; and requires overseas companies to accustom to the indigenous regulations. For this reason, this phenomenon has a worldwide famous nickname “The Great Firewall of China”. (Wikipedia) The Gr...

People can’t handle more than 150 off and online friendships

We do have a limited capacity of energy to socialize. Which means there are limits to a specific amount of people with whom we maintain personal boundaries. So, those late-night conversations with strangers online consume the same energy that we keep for our friendships offline. Dunbar’s number The PhD of Psychology at Oxford University, R.I.M. Dunbar, claims that human beings “can only handle about 150 friends, including family members”. The professor Dunbar and other researchers made a study built on investigation of brain scans. The study revealed that this number is based on an individual brain size: the extent of our neocortex, which is responsible for managing relationships, determines the quantity of people we know and keep social (offline and online) contact with. Time matter...

The right ways to compliment someone’s body

Body talk is quite a sensitive matter. Especially nowadays with the worldwide obsession of body image, fitness culture, healthy eating habits and social networks like Instagram. The ideal body standard that society is shaping is almost unachievable. For this reason, the relationship that people are having with their bodies is also more complicated and faces the lack of self-acceptance and is usually based on a negative attitude. All that means is we have to mind our communication: a delivery of an innocent message can cause mutual harm – the receiver might feel offended meanwhile a sender can be considered as rough or not emotionally intelligent. Words hurt The main rule: if you don’t need to say anything, say nothing. Avoid saying anything about someone’s appearance. Especially if you don...