Texting, Not Talking
In the Philippines alone, about 400 million text messages are sent in a day, which you may see as another nail in the coffin of human interaction.
But a survey by YouGov, an international internet-based market research firm, found that 43 percent of respondents felt mobile phones improved family communications.
A study by Professor Helen Haste of the Nestle Social Research Programme in London confirmed that for young adults, texting was crucial in their interaction with parents.
Experts suggest it’s the discreet nature of texting that makes it so appealing to young people, allowing them to keep in touch while maintaining their own space.
Phone calls may be more immediate, but texting means explosive emotions can be edited out and the misinterpretation of tones of voice, which often leads youngsters to avoid phone calls (parents may sound interrogative when they’re really just concerned), becomes a thing of the past.
Pounding the Pavements
Running, particularly on roads, has been blamed for wear and tear on the knees, which can lead to osteoarthritis. But a new study shows that those who regularly run are actually less likely to develop the condition than those who don’t. It seems running can strengthen the cartilage around the knee, preventing degeneration.
Researchers at Monash University in Victoria, Australia, followed 300 adults aged between 50 and 79 over a decade and found that cartilage volume increased in those who exercised the most.
Regular running can also reduce pain: a study at California’s found that older people engaging in regular exercise, including running, reported 25 percent less musculo-skeletal pain than sedentary people.