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Has Technology Made You Lonely?

Posted: August 31st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: News, Relationship Matters | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Has Technology Made You Lonely?

Has Technology Made You Lonely?As we’ve previously mentioned – Has Our Online Social Experience Improved Our Offline Lives? – there’s little doubt that the social benefits of the internet far outweigh the negatives.

Online tools like email and social networking sites offer “low friction” opportunities to create, enhance, and rediscover social ties that make a huge difference in people’s lives. So in this age of technology, an era that has seen socialising based more and more internet social networking, you’d have to ponder how anyone could ever feel lonely.

But it seems the more technology we use, the lonelier we are likely to be? That’s according to a recent survey conducted by community based, relationship support group Relationships Australia.

According to the group, 42 per cent of Australians who use an average of 4 modes of technology to communicate, like email, SMS, Facebook and Twitter were lonely compared with 11 per cent of people who confined themselves to a single mode.

Relationships Australia survey results, which came from polling 1200 people, also challenged the idea that elderly people are society’s loneliest. The data revealed that people aged 25-34 were most likely to frequently feel lonely – 27 per cent – young adults aged 18-24 were the second loneliest group – with 19 per cent  – frequently feeling lonely. However, for survey participants over 70 years of age, the figure was a lowly 11 per cent.

Sue Miller from  Relationships Australia says she was genuinely surprised by the surveys results,  the survey also surprisingly indicated that respondents who said they frequently felt lonely were more likely to use Facebook to hook up with buddies, family and potential partners – 54 per cent – than respondents who infrequently – 39 per cent – and respondents who never – 28 per cent – felt lonely :: Read the full article »»»»

Who Makes You Feel?

Posted: February 27th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: News, Standout, That Human Condition | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Who Makes You Feel?

Who Makes You FeelIn our überpaced world, filled with trinkets, gadgets, all manner of bling, tastes, sounds and experiences, it’s often an ease to forget what it is makes us happy?  According to a new poll by Reuters and Ipsos, it’s a buddy not a bauble that gives us  joy. Nearly two-thirds of married couples and people with a significant other say their partner is the most important source of happiness in their lives. And nearly half of all singles yearn above all else to find a sweetheart, with about 45 percent saying finding a partner would bring them the greatest happiness. Almost 40 percent of married couples reported that having a good sex life does or could bring them the greatest happiness, while almost 35 per cent of singles reported the same tingles. This was especially true for Brazilians. Nearly 60 percent said that nothing could make them happier than having a good sex life.

South Africa reported the highest levels of domestic bliss, with 82 percent of settled South Africans saying nothing could make them happier than their partner. Japanese and South Korean couples were at the other end of the scale. Nearly half said they would hesitate to say their partner was the single best thing in their lives, although they conceded that he or she was the source of at least some of their happiness. Read the full article »»»»

Bipolar Blonde Moments: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes! For the Night!?

Posted: January 9th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Bipolar Blond Momentum, Favorite New Thought . . ., Relationship Matters | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Bipolar Blonde Moments: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes! For the Night!?

Blondes have more fun! Did you hear the one about the 2 blondes who got locked out of their car?

Bipolar Blond Moments - Gentlemen Prefer Blonds - For the NightOne blonde tried to break into the car, while the other watched. Finally the first blonde turned to the second with a resigned look on her face “I can’t get in!!” the second blonde said “keep trying, it looks like it’s going to rain and the roofs down!”

They’re the one thing on the planet that we’re still allowed to be cruel too, blondes, possibly because they insist on speaking, more likely because we view their egocentric follicle choice as simply asking for a trashing !?

I had a blonde once, she was completely nuts, by the end our überbrüsk liebesgeschichte I’d lost 3 cars, a bunch of cash, my clothes, my dog – literally – as well as all my furniture and twenty five per cent of my mind (clearly the good quarter). I did however learn a lesson, well that’s an exaggeration: I got left with a serious life question. Why does someone change their hair color from a perfectly acceptable color – gingers your excused – to blonde?

And the answer will possibly never appear, infact it’s more likely that physicists will re-write the general theory of relativity before humanity works out why an outwardly normal human wants to tart it up…

The answer I suspect is deeper than this pages length, and it turns out the answer is also futile. Men Prefer Non-Blondes! :: Read the full article »»»»

UPDATE: Seymour Explains THAT KISS?!

Posted: September 3rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Favorite New Thought . . ., Kiss My . . ., Love and Other Drugs, Naked and Nude, Not Porn, Relationship Matters | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATE: Seymour Explains THAT KISS?!

Once and for all, Stephanie Seymour and her 18-year-old son, Peter Brant II, were not really engaged in a steamy lip-locking embrace. It was just role play. Yes. This whole thing just got a lot weirder.

The 42-year-old model, who was snapped in January by sneaky photogs on a St. Bart’s beach dressed in a bikini while strolling and kissing her eldest kid in what looked like a passionate clench, had dismissed the crazy talk about their affection on Oprah.

Likewise, her son took to Facebook right afterwards to say they had “nothing to hide” and that not only is he not dating his mother, he wouldn’t because he is openly gay :: Read the full article »»»»

Has Our Online Social Experience Improved Our Offline Lives?

Posted: June 22nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Chronic, Facebook, Love and Other Drugs, Michael Courtenay, Relationship Matters | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Has Our Online Social Experience Improved Our Offline Lives?

“I met my wife online, reconnected with old school friends, stay in touch with my family overseas and have a wide circle of close online friends. For those born in the internet age, this will be the norm. For those born before it, some will adapt, others will fail to adapt.” Jeremy Malcolm

There is little doubt that the social benefits of the internet far outweigh the negatives. Online tools like email and social networking sites offer “low friction” opportunities to create, enhance, and rediscover social ties that make a difference in people’s lives.

The internet lowers traditional communications constraints of cost, geography, and time; and it supports the type of open information sharing that brings people together. Electronic Social Networking is not a new concept at all. People have in one way or another been interacting with each other via some form of ‘social media’ since the 1950’s.

The modernisation of the telephone system in the 50’s and 60’s allowed millions of people to communicate quickly and cost effectively, what we see today has simply grown out of this technology. If we cast our memories back just a few short years – we may shudder when we recall –  faxes as a speedy way to communicate, internet with a ring-tone, email that strolled along slightly faster than faxes, but still less efficient than telephone.

Our digital worlds are now almost entirely linked, Facebook, Twitter, Email, Telephone all available on every digital device in our lives. Have Social Networking Sites improved our lives though?

I think if you look at the history of Electronic Social Networking, your conclusion has to be that anyone who claims to not get it must have been intentionally ignoring it, it’s been here since Telegraph and Morse Code, it’s been a slow steady grower :: Read the full article »»»»

Dating Sites Betting on Location Tracking

Posted: May 11th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blip, Diana Detox, Goolge, Kiss My . . ., Love and Other Drugs, Relationship Matters | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Dating Sites Betting on Location Tracking

While Apple and Google are desperately trying to reassure U.S regulators that location tracking is a harmless pass-time, as well as soothing iPhone and Android handset users they aren’t tracking their locations. Online dating companies are betting their bottom lines on doing just that.

Meetic SA, the French owner of the European operations of Match.com, is joining start-ups including New York-based MeetMoi in offering location-based dating services. Meetic will introduce features this year that let handset users find out real-time who’s around them and interested in meeting, and match potential soulmates who, for example, frequent the same gym, managing director Philippe Chainieux said in an interview.

Taking advantage of smartphones’ location data is a logical step for dating services, whose users are increasingly accessing their matches from handsets. The number of European web users visiting a dating service “almost every day” through a mobile device rose 49 per cent between February 2010 and the same month this year to 2.8 million, according to researcher comScore. The number doing so at least once a week climbed 44 per cent :: Read the full article »»»»