Cell Phone Stress: How Social Media is Controlling Our Lives

Turn to your left. Turn to your right. Both of the people next to you were probably looking at their phones. Perhaps you’re even reading this on your phone right now. Digital technology has become such an integral part of our lives that people are actually becoming addicted to their cell phones. This is especially feared for the millennial generation, who are some of the most active mobile users. Who suffers from cell phone addiction the most? Anne Bowker, a professor of psychology at Carleton, said there are a myriad of causes for mental health problems related to cell phone overuse. “There is research that suggests a strong link between lack of sleep and heightened feelings of anxiety and stress,” […]

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Letter: Millennials are not prepared for the real world

As a society changes, so too does the mindset of the people within it. This is seen clearly in the change of each new generation, as they have learnt from the mistakes and triumphs of previous generations, and use this to change and base their lives on. The education around them adapts to these new changes, and shapes their children. But with the increase in mental health warnings and anti-bullying campaigns, is our generation really being shaped to deal with the rest of the world? I believe new generations are not taught to be prepared for what the world will throw at them. As an example, in my political science class, we were discussing our upcoming presentations for our research […]

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Tattoos or taboos? Self-expression and the treatment of tattoos in the workplace

Coloured hair, piercings, and tattoos are sometimes viewed as forms of self-expression. Tattoo culture continues to rise among young people, as part of a new generation that typically values openmindedness over “looking the part,” but it doesn’t mean that societal taboos will change in the workplace. The facts on tattoos Over the last decade, tattoo culture has become increasingly popular with young people in North America. Twenty-one per cent of Canadians have at least one tattoo, with a large sum of that number constituting young people between the ages of 20 and 31 years of age, according to a report by the National Post. The Post also reported that tattoos have often been associated with lower socioeconomic status and criminality, […]

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Silver spoons: Exploring the issue of academic entitlement among post-secondary students

“Academic entitlement refers to . . . when students have the expectation that they deserve preferential treatment or awards and outcomes independent of their input and performance,” said Amy Peirone, a PhD student at the University of Windsor who wrote a study on the relationship between academic and workplace entitlement. The issue of whether students are “entitled” and “coddled” has been a recent debate among psychologists, educators, and students themselves. Steffie Hawrylak-Young, an instructor at Nova Scotia Community College, spoke out about the issue, saying she thinks students are becoming increasingly entitled. Hawrylak-Young said her students “asked for special favours without justification, like extensions on papers . . . because they are accustomed to handing in assignments late in high school.” […]

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Letter: Selfies aren’t that narcissistic

RE: The kids are alright: generational stereotypes are nothing new, Oct. 8-14 Technology is changing at such a fast pace, it’s hard to keep up. Snapchat filters? I’m still trying to figure those out. So can we blame older generations for doing double-takes when they see someone taking a selfie? After all, we could commission a painting of ourselves, like in the Elizabethan era, or pay to have photographs done at Sears. We could do that, sure. Or, we could snap a picture of ourselves doing what we’re doing, add a quick caption, and send it off. The message is conveyed in 10 seconds, and often includes a lot more detail than words could describe. In a world of increasing […]

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