The Rehabilitation and Science of Nostalgia


Nostalgia's not what it used to be
‘For nearly the last decade my colleagues and I have been striving to answer these and other unanswered questions about nostalgia. We were specifically interested in resolving the questions of what characterizes the experience of nostalgia, what effects (positive or negative) it has on people, and what causes people to become nostalgic. We have now conducted dozens of laboratory experiments and surveys and can, with some confidence, offer a new perspective on this old emotion…’

Your Social-Media Genotype
Be careful of what you post on socials if you don’t want your actions predicted
‘One of the curious features of human behaviour is that it is predictable in certain circumstances but not in others. Knowing the difference is a fantastically valuable skill.

‘That’s why social-media researchers the world over are scrutinising social networks for clues they can use to predict people’s behaviour on scales that have never before been achieved. On this blog, we’ve looked at various attempts to show social media can be used to predict, with varying degrees of success, people’s buying habits, movie tastes, and even future stock market purchases…’
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Ways to Bypass Internet Censorship and Filtering
‘More and more Internet connections are being filtered, from public Wi-Fi and workplace connection filtering to ISP and country-level censorship. However, there are still ways to get around this filtering and view blocked websites.

‘Some of these methods may be restricted by harsh filtering. For example, the Great Firewall of China is now interfering with outgoing VPN connections, although VPNs were left alone for years…’
the methods

Go Mobile or Die
‘The time to go mobile is now. Pull out your phone or tablet device. If you don’t have one, ask a friend.

‘Bring up your website and see what you find. Is it difficult to read? Do you have to zoom-in to view a legible version of the text? Is your header running off the edge of the screen?…’
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SimpleWash
‘You spent the last four years being a college kid. That’s wonderful, but a lot can happen in four years. The internet never forgets. You’ve partied, you’ve befriended some questionable characters, and you’ve posted things meant only for friends. Heck, you just lived your life and did your thing – and now, you’ve got the posts and pics to show it.

‘Do you have the time, energy or robotic perfection to hunt down all those little details that may not be okay to show grandma or your new boss? No! And even if you just said, “Yes!”, you’re wrong. These things creep into the corners of the internet and lie in wait for the day you decide to BECOME A PROFESSIONAL.

‘GROW UP! Let us help you with the transition from ‘21st birthday’ to ‘Business Causal’ with SimpleWash™. Wash away all those dirty jokes and beer talk, those late night snapshots, those forgotten “likes.” Keep track of all the dirt and grime that attaches to your internet identity and make you STAY FRESH…’
How to Use SimpleWash

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Poch is a Bookrix author and a freelance writer. He is a frequent contributor to TED Conversations.
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