The Dramatic Change In the Lives Of Young Adults Over the Last 40 Years (2 min read)

I recently came across a fascinating study called “The Changing Economics and Demographics of Young Adulthood: 1975-2016”. It was put together by the US Census Bureau and the US Department of Commerce. It defines young adults as 18 to 34 year olds, what we call “millennials” today, and compares them to the same age group back in the 1970s. Some of the findings are stark: Continue reading “The Dramatic Change In the Lives Of Young Adults Over the Last 40 Years (2 min read)”

How the Year 2010 Changed the World


We love to narrow turning points in history to certain years. When we think of 1939, we think World War 2, we when think 2001, we think 9/11 terrorist attacks and we think 2008, we think the global financial crisis. Each of these years had far-reaching impacts on the countries affected and the wider world.

However, there are some years that only later do we recognise as pivotal years in history. For me, 2010 has to be one such year. Continue reading “How the Year 2010 Changed the World”

Me: I Can’t Find the Teacups. Partner: It’s In Front of You!!!


Your wife/girlfriend tells you to get the teacups from the kitchen cupboard. She tells you its on the second shelf in the cupboard above the cooker. You go, look, and cannot find it. Your wife/girlfriend walks in, opens the cupboard, and points to the teacups straight in front of you. But it was on the first shelf, not the second. You feel silly, but now you have an excuse –  inattentional blindness: Continue reading “Me: I Can’t Find the Teacups. Partner: It’s In Front of You!!!”

How to Stop Violence (2min read)


“Wishing for something the other person doesn’t want is called violence”

so said David Ellis after a mediation session had ended. I had been invited along with others to observe the session which involved a couple* fighting over custody rights of their child. It was eye-opening to see how David operated. Continue reading “How to Stop Violence (2min read)”

Owned By Your Phone?

“Technology doesn’t just change what we do, it changes who we are.”
I listened to an interview of MIT Professor, Sherry Turkle, on  her new book, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age. She’s an expert on how technology affects us.

Put your mobile phone on the table when you’re with someone and it immediately destroys the possibility of deep conversation. Without even realizing it, everything gets superficial. Both of you will be ready to to scratch the near-addictive phone-checking itch. So you’ll never go deep as you know one of you will pick up their phone as a result.

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The 3 Stages Of Life According to Shakespeare


The beauty of Shakespeare’s works is that they can interpreted in many different ways. One of my favourite is to think of his biggest plays as representing the three stages of life- youth, adulthood and old-age: Continue reading “The 3 Stages Of Life According to Shakespeare”

What the Kids Are Watching These Days!


It’s summer, so silly season. I thought I’d check out what the youngsters are watching these days. The first two are their popular choices, while the second two are my choice from the YouTube universe where tweens seem to live! Continue reading “What the Kids Are Watching These Days!”

Letting Your Kids Take Risks In the Real World, Not the Digital One

It’s easy to forget how young social media is. Facebook, Twitter and the I-Phone were all launched around 2006 and 2007 [1], and have since connected people in ways never seen before, Naturally the young have embraced it. While the very young may not have entered the social media world, it will likely only be a matter of time. They are already more well versed on I-phones and I-pad than us grown-ups. Continue reading “Letting Your Kids Take Risks In the Real World, Not the Digital One”

Raising Boys


I attended a talk by Philip Zimbardo a few weeks ago. He’s an accomplished psychologist known for his famous Stanford Prison experiment, where randomly selected students were assigned roles of prison guards and prisoners in a mock prison. Within days, the guards engaged in psychological torture and many prisoners passively accepted it. The experiment showed that the situation, rather than personality, caused the change in behavior.

But on this occasion his talk was on masculinity. Continue reading “Raising Boys”