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Decline of Face to Face Communication due to Technology

Vikhyat Verma

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Decline of Face to Face Communication due to Technology

Growing concern exists among researchers regarding the effects of the Internet on youth regarding potential risks to safety, well-being, and skill development. Recent technological advancements have had a drastic impact on the way individuals communicate. The 20th century was epitomized by youth staying connected through face-to face interaction or the use of the landline telephones.

The decline of Face to Face Communication due to Technology

According to statistics gathered by ComScore Networks, 713 million people ages 15 or older, which was 14% of the global population, used the Internet in June 2006.

As technological advancements are made, the residual impact of social networking on society’s young generation is of valuable importance to researchers in the social work field. Left unattended, the lack of skills to effectively communicate and resolve conflicts in person may negatively affect behavior and impair the ability to develop and maintain relationships. Modern conveniences such as using cell phones and the creation of social networking sites (Facebook, Myspace, YouTube, Twitter) for interaction have shown a variety of influences in the research. Further, the 2010 Media Industry Fact Sheet reported that two-thirds of the population over the age of 13 are connected by cell phones, Therefore, it is the purpose of this Article to examine the impact of social networking and mobiles being the main culprit on the skills of communication and conflict resolution within the young adult population.

“Who are we when the internet is gone?”

This has become the question and concern for many leading phycologists in general and is the topic of this research paper. Do you remember the last time you had a peaceful evening meal with your family without your phone beeping for a message or group chat? Social media has had an impact on every generation ranging from mild to extreme.

Although the increasing technology and constant innovation in today’s time is making lives easier, that everything is accessible and available to us at the touch of a button, but the same is becoming a bane rather than a boon as rather than using the same for long distance and emergency purposes and the same is being used to call a friend or family member who is sitting in the next room (one instance) or sometimes even in the same room. Everything being a click away is making physical and verbal interaction fade away from our lives. Some of the main culprits for the same have been tools like instant messaging which started off as texting. While for some using social media is for merely creating a virtual world/getaway for themselves and for some it is out of being lazy. It is an addiction for all and leading to our communication methods declining and the elimination of emotions as well, deteriorating relationships.

Example: Having 3000 friends on Facebook and not even 5 mean something to us. This is ruining the quality of social interaction that all human beings need. There is a need to make relationships that count last and not rely on technology to do the job for us.

The presence and the constantly increasing advancement in Technology have led to things becoming ‘easy’ as everything is available at the click of a button, at the same time it has ‘texts’ have started replacing and acting as the intermediaries in people life instead of actual verbal communication which is a matter of concern.

If a brief chronological analysis is done for the same then we can see that: –

  • 76% of households reported having a computer in 2011, compared with only 8% in 1984
  • 72% of households reported accessing the Internet, up from just 18% in 1998
  • 90% of American adults had a cell phone of some kind, and for people under the age of 44, the number was closer to 97%

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After interviewing more than 300 young people and 150 adults in a lot of studies, it was found that children were often times the ones complaining about their parents’ obsession with technology. It was also discovered that many children believed their parents paid less attention to them than to their smartphones, often times neglecting to interact with them face to face until they had finished responding to emails, due to parents being involved excessively on social media in front of their own children, it sets an example for children to do the same as well. Hence. The next generation is fully immersed in social media, unlike its partial predecessor.

The transition from email to instant messaging to texting is one where the graph of social media spiked up with 75% using this medium and 48% doing so at least once a day. This format is typically private and can be an opportunity for adolescents to practice and develop social skills.

Different speculations regarding how and why are people especially young adults attracted to social media have been taken into consideration. While some say it’s just seen as a platform by them for instantly staying in touch with their loved ones and contact them instantly for sharing their thoughts and emotions, for others it is like a virtual getaway wherein they can express their thoughts unknown people and associate with them through varied perspectives and in some extreme cases it is an entry into a individuals world of desire a virtual world which the person doesn’t have in real life.

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Successfully maneuvering through life requires attaining a set of skills, for example, the

ability to communicate with others and work through conflicts, that are acquired through

different avenues during a person’s developmental journey. And if there is continued reliance on social media for the same then an individual’s ability to handle real-life conflicts will absolutely become nil.

The conclusion to this article is that the usage of Social Media has become a subconscious culture/habit within our heads and as each generation that takes birth on this planet is gradually being fully hardwired to use social media and technology by birth, only a witty guess would determine what the future has in store for humans and technology as the dependability of the former on the later is much more than just the required use.

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Response to Bipolar Treatment is also Affected by Diet and Weight

MK Tomar

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Response to Bipolar Treatment is also Affected by Diet and Weight

A new clinical trial at the ENCP (European College of Neuropsychopharmacology), Barcelona, has shown that people’s response to treatments for bipolar disorder is also affected by their diet quality and body weight. This is a positive sign for those having bipolar disorder since it means that making changes in quality of a diet can also help in treating the problem itself. Though the results are still very early.

A group of German, Australian and American scientists have also shown that the patients who have better diet quality, low BMI (Body Mass Index) and lower inflammatory diet, response better towards nutraceutical treatment, that is included as a part of the clinical trial.

Around 133 participants were randomly asked to take a combination of nutraceuticals (compounds taken from foods like vitamins or minerals that treat or prevent a disease/disorder). Participants also received the study medication in addition to some stable treatments they were already being given.

The researchers then measured their BMI and then the depression, and how a person is able to function in their daily life. Researchers also rated whether a participant was improving, and how much, over the past 20 weeks. After that, the participants filled a questionnaire in which they wrote about what they generally eat throughout a year. From this, the researchers calculated their diet quality score. In that, a good diet involved fruits, vegetables, while a poorer diet included saturated fat, alcohol, and refined carbohydrates. Then they were categorized as either anti-inflammatory or pro-inflammatory diets, based on foods affecting inflammation.

This directly means that the bipolar disorder treatments would also need to take care of what a person eats and also their weight.

Speaking about this study, Melanie Ashton, researcher of Deakin University in Australia, said that if they can confirm the results after this study, then it’s a good news for people having bipolar disorder since there is a great need for better treatments for the depressive phase of Bipolar Disorder.

She also said that the team found that those who had a better quality of diet, a diet with anti-inflammatory properties, or a lower BMI, showed a better response to add-on nutraceutical treatment than did those who were found to be having a low-quality diet or who were overweight.

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The Grandeur of BJP Ft. Sambit Patra: The Man Who Knows Everything!

MK Tomar

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The Grandeur of BJP Ft. Sambit Patra: The Man Who Knows Everything!

If you are a human, then you know that you have a mind, a stable one of course. And if you have a stable mind, then it implies that you can be rational, at some time, which also means having a common sense, the presence of mind and many other notable terms that a normal human being is attributed to. But in the case of Mr. Sambit Patra-the present National Spokesperson of the biggest political, ruling party of the country, BJP-all these terms make no sense at all. In fact, he has come out with his own, ‘crafted terminology’ in recent years, consistently, which he showcases at every regular press conference event, or a debate show, on any ‘mainstream media channel’.

For those, who somehow don’t know who Sambit Patra is, he is the official BJP spokesperson, since 2011. He is a former Medical Officer of Hindu Rao Hospital and a qualified physician with a degree of Master of Surgery in General Surgery.

Be it a direct question about a political issue, a government issue, a scandalous issue or any other significant issue, Mr. Patra is a man who always knows everything about anything, which the person asking him doesn’t!

The recent press conference about the ongoing ‘Rafale deal issue’, on 24th September, is just another consistent ‘trivial’ example of his great speaking skills, clever mind and fantastic analytical, detailed abilities about a topic being asked!

He was asked a direct question regarding the ‘Rafale deal’ that how HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) got sidelined, and how come Reliance was chosen for the contract of manufacturing the fighter planes?

Guess what his answer came out to be!

It was about Congress and Pakistan having a commonality-what a digressing (permanent) ability, Mr. Patra!

Not only this, the biggest unbelievable thing was that, to prove it he officially brought with him the ‘printed tweets’ of recent posts by some Pakistan ministers, backing Congress president Rahul Gandhi to become India’s PM in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

As is already mentioned above, Mr. Patra is a clever and intelligent being who knows how to alternate a question. About a question on a specific issue-in this case, it’s the rafale deal-he comes up with his own customized answer to prove the commonality between Congress and Pakistan! What’s going on with his brilliant brain? Is he having one? And if yes, then where’s the problem?

He has done it before too-not long ago. But yes, some ‘important and famous’ TV channels just invite him to showcase his talents of negative rhetoric words, nonsensical opinions, and deviated thoughts. They pose fake questions and he answers in his own style.

He is an all-knower, no doubt. With a smirking face, irritating way of answering and on top of that, his all-knowing abilities, Mr. Patra is always present to speak for BJP, at any press event or on a show. He is the face for telling all the lies, also with a sense of trustworthiness!

Just taking the case of Rafale deal itself, Sambit Patra has been continuously trying to digress the objective of any question targeted towards the ruling government or India’s PM’s actions involved in it.

What was the motive behind his efforts of bringing a ‘proper’ printout of the tweets of a few Pakistan ministers? Was it to show that Congress is making an international alliance with Pakistan to do campaigning for them in next year’s elections?

In that case, what if any other party or party leader said the same thing for the Indian PM, owing to his meetings with Pakistan’s current PM Imran Khan, back in December 2017, or his sudden unannounced visit to Pakistan during the tenure of former Pak PM, Nawaz Sharif? And what about those ‘supporting talks’ that Pakistan diplomats, including former PM Nawaz Sharif, had with several media personnel in 2014, in which they were backing Mr. Narendra Modi to become the PM of India so that he would provide strong leadership to pave the way for peace talks between both the nations?

Now, will you say that PM Modi had an alliance with Pakistan back then to campaign for him during 2014 Lok Sabha elections? Congress didn’t do anything like this, at that time.

What would have been the stance of BJP and Mr. Patra then? Well, in that case there would have been a storm on media channels against all those parties or opposition leaders. Why? Because they are in the opposition and you can’t ask a question to the present ruling government!

If you are in power, and accountable for something, then you are also responsible enough to answer for it. This must be clear by any means possible.

The objective of this article is not to take anyone’s side or of any party in opposition to BJP, or to target a particular individual, as some brainless beings may say, but to show a transparency to what is actually happening that is utterly meaningless from the perspective of the country’s citizens. And people like Mr. Patra have this kind of ideology that the Indian citizens are just fools who will buy anything that he sells on behalf of his party and for the sake of the ‘country’ as he mentions thousands of times.

And he’s not the only BJP leader to have this ideology, everybody who’s at some recognized post or position in the party is doing the same. And if this is it, what a big shame then.

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6 Strong & Strange Women in the World

Rajesh Khanna

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6 Strong & Strange Women in the World

Today I have brought an article about most strong & strangest women you will ever see in this world. Let me reveal their names & show their photos to all of you here.

6. Kristina Rei

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Let me tell you Kristina Rei has the world’s biggest lips after getting 100 injections at the very young age of 22. She hoped & wanted to look like Jessica Rabbit.

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5. Jyoti Amge

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Do you know, Indian girl jyoti holds the Guinness Book of World Record for World’s Smallest Woman. She is only 2 feet tall & has achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism.

4. Aneta Florczyk

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Aneta Florcyzk is a world’s strongest woman & she won the Guinness World Record for most people lifted & thrown in two minutes.

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3. Asha Zulu Mandela

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Asha has the longest hair you’ll ever see & It is too long of about 55 feet long & weighs 42 pounds.

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2. Pixee Fox

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She has an obsession with plastic surgery & she spent around $107,779 dollars on it. She removed her ribs to have a tiny waist & had cosmetic surgery on her eyes to make them “cartoon green.”

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1. Julia Günthel

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Let me tell you that She is one of the most flexible women in the world. Her ligaments are similar to babies & never hardened like they should have as she aged. Now, what do you say about this article guys?

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