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Thursday Jul 31

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Let’s Enjoy an Old-Fashioned

Thursday, 31 July 2014 12:32

Backlash against loud cell phone convos and dinner table texting evokes etiquette wave.  

After years of cell phone littered dinners and elevator doors slammed shut in our faces, Americans now yearn for a return to quaint, classic standards of etiquette, says a new report from Trendcentral. Etiquette experts and other professionals say that the demand is there and the time is right for Americans to reclaim good manners.  

How did we get to this point?

 

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Putting in the Hours

Thursday, 31 July 2014 12:32

We spend more and more time online every year. Is this good, bad or neither? 

Adults are spending increasing hours online with every passing year, reveals a Harris report that says people over the age of 18 are online an average of 13 hours a week. One in five (20 percent) of adult Internet users are online for only two hours or less a week while one in seven (14 percent) are spending 24 or more hours a week online. Hours spent online have increased from 7 hours in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002, to between 8 and 9 hours in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.  In 2007, it increased to 11 hours.  Last year (after the financial crisis broke and before the presidential election) Internet users were online for 14 hours a week, double what it was from 1999 to 2002, says Harris. What does the trend toward increase Internet usage mean?

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The Facebook Effect

Thursday, 31 July 2014 12:32

Online networking changes how we relate personally and professionally.

Made many Facebook friends? Tweeting much on Twitter? Online social networking has its own rules and etiquette, and has created new kinds of relationships. University of Kansas researcher Nancy Baym, PhD, has been exploring the online communication culture, particularly focusing on social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. How has this increasingly popular form of communication been shaping the way people relate to each other?

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Do Not Pass Go!

Thursday, 31 July 2014 12:32

Middle class squeeze is tightening and Americans feel trapped.

 

Fewer Americans than ever feel as if they are making progress, says the latest Pew Social and Demographic Trends Report. With America’s middle class making little economic progress, many feel “stuck in their tracks” says the report, and many feel dissatisfied in terms of financial success, standard of living and personal progress.

 

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