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MealPal gobbles $20M for its restaurant meal subscription service

 We’ve seen a huge wave of food-on-demand startups hit the market in the last several years: those who deliver restaurant food, those who deliver meal kits to you, those who bring groceries, and those who are building machines to help you eat better at home are just a few of the variations on the theme that have come (and gone). In one of the latest variations, a startup called MealPal… Read More

Entertainment

See How Police Get False Confessions In These Crime Documentaries

Are you looking for something to binge-watch on Netflix this week? Try watching some crime documentaries. There are many documentaries to choose from so we’ve narrowed it down to five. They range from full-length movies to ones that break it down to a series of episodes. These documentaries cover different cases from murder to false […]

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Business

A 40-year study finds Generation Z is avoiding sex, alcohol, and driving like never before

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Today’s teenagers don’t seem to care much about hitting the open road, scoring a six-pack with a fake ID, or asking their peers out on dates.

According to a new study from psychologists Jean Twenge and Heejung Park, teenagers instead prefer to sit at home, say no to drugs and alcohol, and scroll through a litany of social media apps.

The study, published in the journal Child Development, analyzed survey responses from 8.3 million teenagers given between 1976 and 2016. Overwhelmingly, today’s teens were found to be less likely to drive, work for pay, go on dates, have sex, or go out without their parents.

“This isn’t just about parenting,” Twenge told Business Insider. “It’s also about teens themselves and the economy and fertility rates and people living longer.”

Of course, since the study’s conclusions are based on personal survey responses, the findings may not apply broadly to all of Gen Z. There are also bound to be members of the generation for whom the traits don’t apply, as with any demographic study.

But Twenge chalked the findings up to an overall shift in the way society has operated. She is the author of “iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy – and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood.” The book explores the conditions in which today’s youth are being raised. Contrary to popular belief, Twenge said, teens aren’t lazy or square — they’re a product of their environment like every other generation.

In the mid-20th-century, she said, people adopted what evolutionary psychologists call a “fast-life strategy.” Lifespans were shorter, work was more imperative, and so kids grew up relatively quickly without as much supervision from their parents. By the year 2000, though, the US had taken up a “slow-life strategy.” People were living longer, resources were more abundant, and people started raising their kids to stay kids longer.

Because there seems to be less of a need for modern teens to become adults, Twenge and Park’s research suggests that today’s 18-year-old more closely resembles a 15-year-old of the 1970s or ’80s.

However, one of the most disturbing characteristics of Generation Z, or “iGen” in Twenge’s parlance, is that suicide rates have now surpassed homicide rates. Twenge believes smartphones may play a crucial role. Gen Z is the first generation to be raised according to this slow-life strategy as smart phones became prominent. (Its members, after all, are the first to have no concept of life without the internet.) Instead of working or playing outside, teens are more likely to feel isolated and tethered to their devices.

“Today’s teens may go to fewer parties and spend less time together in person, but when they do congregate, they document their hangouts relentlessly — on Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook,” Twenge wrote recently in The Atlantic. “Those not invited to come along are keenly aware of it.”

But getting rid of smartphones shouldn’t be parents’ first goal if they want to safeguard their kids’ mental health. As per the study’s findings, Twenge said the first goal should be encouraging independence. If kids are more concerned with working or getting involved in their community, they’ll naturally have less idle time to fill with their smartphone.

At the same time, not all of Gen Z’s traits are problems that need to be solved, she said, like the lower incidences of drinking and sex.

“Let’s have those go to zero,” she said. “That would be just fine.”

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Music

LAEM Sessions: Chymes performs a cover of Jon Bellion’s All Time Low on the Lost At E Minor rooftop

Put simply, Chymes are one of our favourite emerging Aussie musical talents. The duo – Cameron Taylor and songwriter Kiersten Nyman – mesh downbeat electro grooves and melodies with shimmering … Read more

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Fashion

H&M Foundation Is Trying to Fix the Sustainability Problem That We All Started

I open my closet and the first thought I have in my head is, “I don’t have anything to wear.” Cliché, but I’m sure you can relate given that we all probably have a closet full of clothes. It’s been said that we are the first or second generation in the history of civilization who […]

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Travel

Inca Trail permits to be released four months early

Travellers hoping to trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru next year are advised to book as soon as possible once permits become available on 1 October

Anyone hoping to trek the Inca Trail in 2018 better start planning, as permits are about to be released – four months earlier than usual.

Until this year, the initial tranche of permits for travel were released in January of the same year and the rest in February, but for the first time the Ministry of Culture is releasing all permits for 2018 on 1 October 2017.

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Architecture

Hero driver rescues possum being harassed by two birds

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No one likes a bully.

Especially Laurence Kirk in Sydney, Australia, who decided to take matters into his own hands when he spotted two magpies giving a possum on the road a hard time.

Beeping the confrontation didn’t seem to work, so Kirk decides to hop out and deal with the matter — taking the possum off the road and escorting it back into nature. What a guy. Read more…

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Business

10 Start-up Tips From Female Entrepreneurs

Do not get too hung up on the idea that starting on your own to do what you love means “you do not have to work a day”. Passion for what you do only goes as far as motivating you to keep on trying and striving to achieve your goals despite the many challenges and difficulties that are sure to come. No need to stress yourself about always making the cut, though; even successful entrepreneurs of today had experiences of failure in the past. After all, what defines a great entrepreneur is not only her willingness to work hard but also her perseverance and determination in overcoming the challenges. We have gathered for you the best start-up tips from female entrepreneurs for all you ladies planning to be the boss of you. Think big, but not without a corresponding plan that is feasible. You already got a lot of advice in the past, but remember that sometimes, they are simply too good to be true. One of them is the advice that you should “aim high”. While it is important for a booming business to have a unique, big idea as a foundation, you should also think of whether or

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Entertainment

Ellen DeGeneres declares support for marriage equality in Australia in the sweetest way

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Australia’s marriage equality debate has sparked the attention of celebrities and major companies worldwide, including Ellen DeGeneres.

Australians are currently in the midst of a non-binding, non-compulsory nationwide survey asking the question: “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?” Parliament can make the change now, but before it does, it’s taking the country’s temperature on the matter. 

Declaring her support for the ‘Yes’ vote to her casual 73.5 million Twitter followers, the dance-happy comedian posted a very sweet message on Monday, featuring her wife of nine years, Australian-American actor Portia de Rossi.  Read more…

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Business

Paying for antivirus software is mostly BS

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You’re just an average consumer, trying to keep your expensive electronics free from malware. And so you, like many before you, decide to pony up and pay for some fancy antivirus software. But this isn’t the ’90s, and it turns out that you might just be being taken for a ride. 

Much has changed since the heyday of programs like Norton AntiVirus, and these days installing third-party software on your computer might actually do more harm than good. Figuring out the difference between vital protection and dangerous bloatware is a tricky task, but it’s not one you can afford to ignore.

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Tech

Index is a clean, colorful app for organizing your ideas and digital content

 The makers of Index are hoping they’ve created the only app you’ll need to access all your files, notes and links. “We’re giving people a full control panel for the digital world,” founder Brian Cox told me. Cox said he actually developed Index for his own personal use five years ago. And while he would occasionally give friends a copy, he was too busy developing… Read More