How Technology Impacts Personal Relationships

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Is technology affecting relationships? You bet – in ways both good and bad. It’s all about how you use the technology and the type of relationship you have with your partner. We’re going to go over some of the various ways that technology impacts personal relationships in the modern world. The good news is that there are pros and cons. It’s not all bad news.

Technology and Personal Relationships

Here’s a look at some of the specific ways that technology affects personal relationships. As you’ll see, it can help or hinder just as easily. It’s all about how you use it.

  • Isolation – While technology makes our lives easier in some ways, it also helps foster isolation. While communicating via technology is nice, real relationships require physical touch and being able to see a person in “the real world.”

  • Etiquette – Another thing to consider is etiquette. Because people are accustomed to spouting off on Facebook and Twitter, they sometimes forget their manners in the real world. And as you know, this can really affect a relationship in a negative way. Because of this, it’s important to make sure you’re always on your best behavior if you want to keep the friends you have currently.

  • Dangers – Other dangers exist when you rely too much on technology. This is why you should try to have a balanced life as much as you can. That’s really the best way to make sure you have healthy personal relationships. The fact is that you’re going to have dangers with or without technology.

  • Records – While you shouldn’t have a need to do this with a real relationship, if you find one going south, you may be able to turn to chat logs or Facebook posts to make a point. You don’t want to throw the past in someone’s face all the time, of course, but it can be a way to help you prove a point.

  • Balance – Can you be in contact with someone too much? Yes! Technology makes it easy to keep in touch constantly, but this isn’t always a good thing. Make sure that you take a break from technology – and your partner – so that you don’t go crazy! Keeping everything balanced is one of the best ways you can keep a relationship going steady no matter what the world throws at you.

As you can see from the list above, technology can impact a relationship in good ways and bad ways. By spending time with your significant other, a bond is going to be formed – even if it’s doing something like chatting with strangers online. If you’re currently in a long distance relationship and rely on technology, leave a link below and let us know what you think.

Google Teams With GM, Honda, and Audi to Bring Android to Cars

Google Teams With GM, Honda, and Audi to Bring Android to Cars

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With fancy screen sizes of tablets, hand held devices and phones bombarding the markets, there was little that had not been touched by the wizard of the OS, Android by Google. It was not very far fetched to think of cars coming with embedded screen systems that would be powered by Android too. And like they say, Google has done and dusted everything you could ever think of.

Yes, Google has signed up with the multinational car production brands Audi, Honda, General Motors and manufacturers of Nvidia(the supercharged computer chips) to come in alliance and create the Open Automotive Alliance. This association looks forward to building and bringing to the market, cars that are fitted with Android-integrated systems. The concept sounds pretty neat and with such big names associated with evolving the whole concept, the whole world has its eyes set on getting to see what they can come up with.

It was at the Consumer Electronics Show held at Las vegas where this grand announcement was made. The involved groups put forward their plans and goals on how they aim to ideate and collate their vision. Although the first Android powered vehicle is set for a launch by the end of 2014, release times of vehicles will completely depend on the respective manufacturer. Its been a while since Android took the mobile world by a storm with their superior technology, and since cars explain mobility in the most literal format, the alliance’s formation was only about a matter of time.

Ergonomics and Ease of Use

With most people owning an Android device in current times, it becomes a lot more easier for them to get used to its user interface on the car system as well. Google promises to deliver a much more convenient driving experience backed by its mobile technology which ensures a better focus on the road without the hassles of getting distracted by other things. Such is going to be the ergonomics of the complete in-built system.

Innovation scope for app developers

This system will open doors for a new genre of apps for app developers. Where most app niches have been explored and flooded by various technology firms, it gives a fresh new area to work on and innovate. One can only wonder the tangents that innovative app developers are going to go into for making drives more convenient and hassle free. The organizations that have gotten into the alliance share a common goal: to connect the automotive industry with mobile power for innovation and progress. Driver’s safety if a big concern for them too and with this platform, it gives opportunity to analytic thinkers to come up with innovative solutions for automobile and on road safety too.

Apple following Suite

Most interestingly, this alliance does not mark Google’s debut in the automotive world. They have been working on coming up with a driverless car. With Google stepping into the automotive world, it takes no rocket science to understand that Apple would very closely follow suite. For the same, the company has already filed a patent of a touchscreen dashboard system. It has also been reported that they are simultaneously working with Honda and Hyundai among other automotive organizations for backing up cars with the iOS system in them.


GIFs and Internet Memes You May Have Missed

Animated Madness and Mayhem to Make you Laugh

If you look at the animated GIF to the right, you’ll see a good example of a classic animated GIF. It’s a short sequence of images but when put together they work really well. Add a one liner that’s funny and you have a winner.

Animated GIFs have been around since the very early days of the Internet, but it’s really become an art form to come up with one that goes viral and becomes an official meme that spreads quickly around the world.

Classic Animated GIF Memes

Here are some other classic animated GIFs you may have missed over the years somehow.

Haters Gonna Hate

The origin of this meme starts back in 2008 when an artist put up an animated gif of a cartoon character strutting in an endless loop. Then, in 2009 someone started the idea of using the phrase “Haters Gonna Hate” with a still picture of some sort of activity taking place – the more ridiculous the better. Eventually the two memes bled together and an outbreak of “Haters Gonna Hate” animated GIFs broke out in 2011 – and still continues to this day unfortunately!

Internet Fight

This meme started as a way to make fun of people who argue online in virtual forums. Because Internet arguing is so futile and doesn’t really solve anything, people began labeling pictures of people fighting with words saying that Internet arguments are pretty stupid. As always, the animated GIF people jumped on board with this meme and really helped it spread. Here’s one example you may have missed.

Scarlett Johansson Falling Down

Scarlett Johansson is a doll, a perfect sweetheart, but unfortunately that makes for a funny animated GIF for some people. This one was spread thanks to BuzzFeed originally, but since that time many others have taken up the cause and have gone out of their way to loop a GIF of her falling here, there and everywhere. How many times can you watch her fall? The record is 128 times by a man with no job in New Jersey.

Make Your Own

If you’ve been inspired by some of the classic animated GIFs above, you need to get your own GIF maker. Luckily, you can easily find a free GIF maker online that works really well. Once you have that, it’s all a matter of finding the right images and stringing them together so they’re animated. Just be careful, once you start making animated GIFs it can be very hard to stop – especially if one goes viral. Don’t let that stop you from getting some software and seeing what you can do. It really can be a lot of fun.

Exam Results – Are They All In The Genes?

Despite all the talk about school performance league tables, declining exam results and investing in education, it would seem that how well you or your children do at school can actually have more to do with genetics than it does the right teacher.

Recent research looked at results from over 11,000 teenagers who had recently sat their GCSEs, and found that for the core subjects at least, genetics affected their results by almost 60 per cent. Results in English, maths and science were 58% affected by genetics, whereas artist and musical ability seems to be less affected by genetics, with only 42% genetic factors involved.

Testing to see how genes affected exam results involved looking at the GCSE scores of identical and non-identical twins, who would share the same environment and either 50 or 100 per cent of their genes.

Comparing the scores of different types of twins gave the scientists a way to find out how much of the variation in exam results was down to their environment, and how much could be attributed to genetic make-up. It meant that if identical twins got different scores in the same subject but were in different classes, the difference could be put down to their learning environment – classmates or teacher, rather than genetic ability in that subject.

The study showed that although a child’s DNA influences academic ability to a great extent, it’s not the only factor involved, and it’s still very possible for one identical twin to excel at a subject their twin doesn’t do as well at. However, on average, over half the variations could be put down to genetics. A child’s upbringing, home and learning environment accounted for 36% of the variation across all subjects. Details of the study appear in the journal, Plos One.

So, why do genetics have such a big effect on our academic ability? The reason that the researchers gave for genetics being such a major influence on exam scores is that the education system places a lot of importance on giving every child the same opportunities and education. It follows that if the school, teaching and other factors are equal, genetic similarities (or differences) will show up more.

Michael Reiss, professor of science education at the Institute of Education in London, was unimpressed by the findings, saying that while he could accept that genetics played a part in a child’s academic performance, knowing this might not actually be of much use.

He added that in the last decade, plenty of programmes had been created to help children who were falling behind in any area of their education, such as reading programmes for children who were struggling. These programmes don’t take genetics into account at all, they just focus on helping the individual child get to grips with whatever they are struggling with, and bring them up to the same level as other students.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re teaching maths or the trombone.” Reiss said, “A good teacher is sensitive to the needs of the learner, and I don’t think that genetics is going to help very much with that.”

Even so, it’s certainly an interesting debate and brings the whole question of ‘nature –v- nurture’ back into the spotlight.

Written by Kerry Jones, a teaching assistant and GCSE exam marker.