You can now blame your gender on your inability to remember things. According to researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, men have worse memories than women.
“It was surprising to see that men forget more than women,” said Jostein Holmen, a NTNU professor. “This has not been documented before. It was also surprising to see that men are just as forgetful whether they are 30 or 60 years old. The results were unambiguous.”
More than 48,000 Norwegian people took part in a longitudinal study, and nine questions dealt with memory. The results—published in BMC Psychology—show that “subjective memory impairment” was reported by half the participants, with men reporting the most problems for eight out of the nine questions. Remembering names and dates were the most common problems. And your education level matters. Those more highly educated have better memories , and those who are more often anxious or depressed have memory problems.
“We have speculated a lot about why men report more frequent problems with remembering than women do, but have not been able to find an explanation,” Holmen said. “This is still an unsolved mystery.”
Forget wrath, greed, sloth, etc. These are the seven sins updated for an always-on culture that likes to keep its social media close and its email closer.
“Back in the dial-up era, when going online had a cost implication, most people checked email maybe once a day and often responded as soon as they read them,” said Dr. Emma Russell, a psychologist from Kingston Business School in England. “Now, with broadband and 3G, unlimited numbers of messages can be streamed through smartphones at any time of the day or night. However many of us haven’t adapted our behavior.”
Responding to emails on your off hours is one of the sins.
“This puts pressure on staff to be permanently on call and makes those they are dealing with feel the need to respond,” Russell said. “Some workers became so obsessed by email that they even reported experiencing so-called phantom alerts where they think their phone has vibrated or bleeped with an incoming email when in fact it has not. Others said they felt they needed to physically hold their smartphone when they were not at their desk so that they were in constant email contact.”
Russell analyzed email usage across different companies, marking positives and negatives, and identified these seven email sins.
1. Ping pong – constant emails back and forth creating long chains
2. Emailing out of hours
3. Emailing while in the company of other people
4. Ignoring emails completely
5. Requesting read receipts
6. Responding immediately to an email alert
7. Automated replies.
How many of these sins are you committing?
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There was a lot of news this past week you may have missed. Here are some headlines that caught our eyes.
Angry Birds Coming to NHL Stadiums Across the Country
“Not only will the HockeyBird mascot greet fans at stadiums in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Vancouver, but Rovio will launch new interactive Angry Birds games on jumbo screens. The two games are called Slingshot and Slapshot, both of which use ‘state-of-the-art voice activated technology.'”
Cities Create Music, Cultural Festivals to Make Money
“Municipal officials and entrepreneurs see the power of cultural events as a way to spur short-term tourism while shaping an image of the host city as a cool, dynamic location where companies and citizens in modern, creative industries can thrive.”
How the Australian Open Turns Match Data Into Dollars
“In a windowless bunker located meters away from the Rod Laver Tennis court, a team of IBM engineers are working feverishly to turn mundane match statistics into a money-spinner.”
How to Avoid “Square Peg in a Round Hole” Campus Event Scheduling
“Are you a campus scheduling rebel? Are you the event or venue manager at your college or university who is using a different system from the other departments to coordinate your events? You might be a square-peg-in-a-round-hole event scheduler.”
3 Time Management Tips That Will Improve Your Health And Productivity
“…how can we manage our time to live healthier and happier, do the things that we know are important, and still handle the responsibilities that are urgent?”
(Image: NHL/Rovio Entertainment Ltd.)
“The room’s too cold.” “Where’s our lunch?” “The security is harassing us!” —These comments could happen on any social media channel during any event at any venue, and it’s important that employees are monitoring and responding to them. While businesses are actively attuned to channels such as Facebook and Twitter during regular business hours, the level of monitoring drops off during an event, exactly when it should be increased. That’s just one of the findings in our 2013 Technology Report, available for purchase* at www.iavm.org/venueds.
*IAVM member venues that participated in the 2013 Technology Survey receive a copy of the report for free.
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