Posts for Society

Lockdown mental fatigue rapidly reversed by social contact, study finds

Emerging from isolation has a profound effect on our cognitive functions. Koldunova Anna/Shutterstock Dr Christopher Hand, Glasgow Caledonian University; Greg Maciejewski, University of the West of Scotland, and Joanne Ingram, University of the West of Scotland Many of us are looking forward to a summer of relative freedom, with road-mapped […]

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Good news – steps to clear tobacco litter

It’s grim when you walk around to find cigarette ends flicked on the ground. A late friend of mine was a heavy smoker. Her local authority gave her a pouch type item to put her cigarette ends in and the local authority fined anyone they caught throwing tab ends on […]

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Census 2021: why are some people completing it online and others have paper forms?

Ink Drop/Shutterstock Nick Bearman, UCL In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, everyone should have received either a letter with a 16-digit code or a paper form for the 2021 census. There are lots of great reasons why we should respond to the census, aside from it being a legal requirement. […]

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Children not adversely impacted by working mothers

Amazing that we are still having this kind of discussion! Mothers who work full-time or part-time in the first six years of their child’s life have little impact on the child’s behaviour, according to new research by the University of Cologne, contrary to what many believe. The study, conducted by […]

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Inspirational women over 60

Sponsored post: To celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day on 8th March Look Fabulous Forever, the beauty brand for older women, polled nearly 1000 of their customers worldwide to discover and compile the definitive list of 60 inspirational women over the age of sixty. The survey highlights how much life is left […]

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I spoke to ‘minimalists’ to find out why they are giving up their personal possessions

NaksomritStudio / shutterstock Amber Martin-Woodhead, Coventry University I recently spoke to a man named Adam who told me that every object he owns could fit in one of Ikea’s famous shelving units. He owns two pairs of jeans and T-shirts in just three colours. He is so concerned with the […]

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When men started to obsess over six-packs

The ideal male body assumed a new definition in the 19th century. Strongman Project, CC BY Conor Heffernan, The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts The cultural obsession with six-pack abdominals shows no signs of abating. And if research into male body image is to be believed, […]

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Five ways boredom could be changing your behaviour, for better or worse

Boredom can be good and bad. Shutterstock/fizkes Wijnand Van Tilburg, University of Essex Many of us have probably felt bored at some point in the past year. Restrictions on social gatherings, travel and plenty of other activities may have been necessary to control the pandemic, but have left lots of […]

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British people are really missing the pub – here’s why

View Apart/Shutterstock Thomas Thurnell-Read, Loughborough University The events of the past year have had a devastating impact on the hospitality sector in the UK. At the forefront of lockdown’s sacrifices for many is the closure of an institution that is a cornerstone of british culture – the pub. An estimated […]

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Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year. Or Xin Nian Hao. It is the Year of the Ox, and a time of celebration. Welcome in the New Year and let happiness and good fortune shine in. Well, it’s worth a try, as traditional New Year here hasn’t been up to much. Last year […]

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