Be Polite to Your Robots

I learned this lesson from a two-year-old, actually. To be clear, her interaction was with Alexa, who is more of a tech-enabled virtual assistant than a robot. But whenever she asked Alexa a question, this two-year-old said “please,” and “thank … Read More

Cultural and Societal Shifts Shape New Thanksgiving Traditions

Chicago, November 22, 2016 — Thanksgiving traditions are evolving to reflect the new cultural and societal makeup of the U.S., finds The NPD Group, a leading global information company, and its research partner, CultureWaves®, a consumer qualitative insights company that … Read More

Gen X Anthem

There’s a video going around that has been re-posted by so many of my Gen X friends that I had to take a closer look. It’s part of Yahoo’s in-house Sketchy comedy series- which explains the high production values, I … Read More

The Meta Watch

Did you know that Almost 60% of 16-34 year olds use a phone as their primary timepiece?  I haven’t worn a watch since my Mickey Mouse one fell off my wrist into Sydney Harbor when I was 11 years old.  … Read More

Losing Your Self In Literature

Here’s an eye-catching campaign that fits nicely in the Living Vicariously™ wave. It’s called “Become Someone Else. Pick your hero at Mint Vinetu” by Lithuania based Love Agency.  The print ads seek to encourage people to lose themselves in literature.  … Read More

24 hr Tweeting

I’m no stranger to internet addiction. I feel withdrawals when I’m unplugged for a prolonged period.  The woman who wrote this blog post knows what I mean … and then some. Her article reveals her secret habit of going to … Read More

Can You Do Nothing For 2mins?

As someone that has a love of Yoga and meditation, I thought this will be a breeze.  But about 30 secs in, I got a text and instinctively, completely unthinkingly, I picked up my phone to read it.  Now, technically … Read More

The Why Behind Why

Something that often baffles people is the question of why. We all have our reasoning behind what we do and how we do it, but people often have to pause before they can answer why. … Read More

Gender Nurturing

Whether you act like a girl or play like a boy may not correspond to the sex you happen to be. In a recent study, researchers disguised the gender of the babies in the test and allowed adults to observe them. … Read More

CultureWaves Trends

Pacifying vs Checking Out

Here’s the thing: “Scientists believe a common heart medicine may be able to banish fearful memories from the mind. The Dutch investigators believe beta-blocker drugs could help people suffering from the emotional after-effects of traumatic experiences.”  Sounds hunky dory right?  … Read More