How Technology Provides Us Personal Time
Our always-on society is becoming a Golden Age for introverts, in which it has become easier to carve out time for oneself while meeting the needs of our extroverted friends.
What's the Latest Development?
With each new social networking tool introduced to your computer or mobile phone, it may seem like you have no time to yourself anymore. The reality is just the opposite, says Philip Bump: Social media can give others the illusion of busyness—declare your mountain climbing trip from the comfort of the sofa; email gives you the power to determine when you respond, unlike making yourself available by rushing to the phone; as online conversations are increasingly becoming synonymous with information exchange, introverts need not reveal themselves.
What's the Big Idea?
In principle, the answering machine guaranteed that you would never miss a call, in a sense being permanently available to those calling you. In reality, it allowed people to choose when to be available, if ever, to answer their phone. It is a curious irony of our communication age that networking technology makes us unavailable rather than available. Like the answering machine, it makes us unavailable in the sense that we choose when we are available to converse, surely a desirable characteristic when everyone is connected all the time.
How a cataclysm worse than what killed the dinosaurs destroyed 90 percent of all life on Earth.
While the demise of the dinosaurs gets more attention as far as mass extinctions go, an even more disastrous event called "the Great Dying” or the “End-Permian Extinction” happened on Earth prior to that. Now scientists discovered how this cataclysm, which took place about 250 million years ago, managed to kill off more than 90 percent of all life on the planet.
A new study discovers the “liking gap” — the difference between how we view others we’re meeting for the first time, and the way we think they’re seeing us.
We tend to be defensive socially. When we meet new people, we’re often concerned with how we’re coming off. Our anxiety causes us to be so concerned with the impression we’re creating that we fail to notice that the same is true of the other person as well. A new study led by Erica J. Boothby, published on September 5 in Psychological Science, reveals how people tend to like us more in first encounters than we’d ever suspect.
Using advanced laser technology, scientists at NASA will track global changes in ice with greater accuracy.
Leaving from Vandenberg Air Force base in California this coming Saturday, at 8:46 a.m. ET, the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite-2 — or, the "ICESat-2" — is perched atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, and when it assumes its orbit, it will study ice layers at Earth's poles, using its only payload, the Advance Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS).
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