There is no shortage of reality TV shows that focus on plastic surgery as a way of improving oneself, but what effect is this having on the viewers? Teenagers make up a large percentage of the audience for these types of shows, and it is not news that teenagers are especially self-conscious of their appearance. The problem with these reality television shows is that they make happiness appear to be just a surgery away.
If you’re wondering why Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paridis — or Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes — chose the other as a partner, new research by the University of St Andrews in Scotland may suggest why: because women are most attracted to men who look like the masculine version of themselves.
The 1980’s were the glory days of hypermasculinity. Stallone, Van Damme, Schwarzenegger, and their cohorts couldn’t wait to rip off their shirts to save the world. It was a time when you could settle an issue with an arm wrestle. But these days have long gone, and while a small number of steroid junkies still live for its revival, their efforts have landed American muscle in the background of reality television shows, like Jersey Shore, that are more of a punchline than a punch up hit.
A new study by the University of Chicago suggests that when accents make people less certain about what an individual is saying, they may transfer that uncertainty onto the statement itself, deciding that the statement is less credible. As a result, many people equate accents with a lack of trustworthiness.
Trends come and go (like the razor scooter), and this is no more apparent than on the internet. But according to a new study — and despite the loss of interest in MySpace — it looks like one trend is here to stay: social networking.
These days, politicians are no strangers to using social media to reach voters, but now actual governments are embracing this form of communication and taking it one step further. The British government has teamed up with Facebook to probe for ideas from the public on how to tackle their large deficit.