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Teenagers, Parents Often have Different Perceptions to the Same Online Situations

An increasing number of teenagers get discouraged to talk to their parents about potentially risky online experiences, such as cyber-bullying, sexual exchanges and viewing inappropriate content online, because parents tend to emote much stronger feelings and tend to freak out, become angry or scared, researchers have found.

The study showed that parents and children often have much different perceptions of and reactions to the same online situations.

“There seems to be a disconnect between what types of situations teenagers experience every day and what types of experiences parents have online,” said Pamela Wisniewski, Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida in the US.

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“Teenagers tended to be more nonchalant and say that the incident made them embarrassed, while parents, even though they were reporting more low-risk events, emoted much stronger feelings, becoming angry and scared.

“For teenagers, some felt these types of experiences were just par for the course,” Wisniewski added, in the study, presented at the ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing in Oregon.

Parents who overreact, when their children report any such events, are likely to curb communication as when risky situation are reported to parents, they tend to freak out and make things worse, causing teenagers to refrain from talking about situations that may upset their parents.

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“When teenagers actually talked to their parents about what had happened, they often wanted help understanding or navigating the situation, but parents tended to misinterpret their intent, not realizing that their teenagers were trying to open lines of communication,” Wisniewski said.

Parental reactions both over or under reactions may not just thwart teenagers from seeking their parents’ help with a current problem, but also diminish the teenagers’ ability to successfully navigate future online encounters that may be even more risky, the researchers revealed.


Adobe Digital Insights Data Reveals 89% of People are Positive About Automation

In a surprise find, 89 percent of people, including from India are positive about the role robots can play in helping them at workplace rather than taking away their jobs, a new report has found.

According to the “Future of Work” study by Adobe released on Friday, people are open to man and machine collaboration for work benefits. The study was conducted in regions including India, the US, Britain and Australia.

The report highlighted that automation mentions have doubled year-on-year, with a 70 per cent year-on-year increase in the average daily mentions of robots and jobs.

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Topics such as machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) were most popular on social conversations related to automation.

“The ‘Future of Work’ looks promising, as robotics and automation gear up to enable employees to be more productive and creative in their roles. The Adobe Digital Insights report reiterates the importance of workplaces embracing the benefits of digital transformation,” Abdul Jaleel, Vice President, People Resources India at Adobe, said in a statement.

The findings also revealed that topics such as people analytics, work environment and transportation are trending and form common conversations around the future of work.

Conversations about people analytics within the Future of Work context have increased 20 per cent year-on-year as more companies are focusing efforts on their people, leading to workplaces that continue to improve.

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With flexibility and impact being the key employee motivations, the report highlighted the emergence of the gig economy or contractual workforce.

“Mentions about the gig economy have seen a threefold year-on-year rise, as more people urge companies to incorporate mandatory office shutdowns and flexibility in work schedules,” the report added.

Faster and more self-propelled transportation has the potential to change how people travel to work and with self-driving cars receiving more than a million mentions, the future is bright for transportation, the study said.


Soda, Pizza and Salty Food increases Liver Disease in Kids: Study

Children who regularly intake fructose present in soda, sweetened beverages, pizza and salty food, biscuits, yogurt may be be prone to liver disease, researchers warn. According to a study, led by researchers from Bambino Gesu Hospital in Italy, dietary fructose increases serum uric acid concentrations.

Both uric acid concentration and fructose consumption may be high in individuals with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a condition where extra fat is accumulated in liver cells in people who drink little or no alcohol.

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It is estimated to affect up to 30 per cent of the general population in Western countries and up to 9.6 per cent of all children and 38 per cent of obese children across a spectrum of liver disease, including NASH (defined as steatosis, hepatocyte ballooning and inflammation).

Although NASH is a less aggressive form of NAFLD, it can progress to severe fibrosis and cirrhosis, with development of hepatocellular carcinoma in adults.

The findings suggested that fructose consumption was independently associated with high uric acid, which occurred more frequently in patients with NASH than in not-NASH patients.

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“It is plausible that dietary fructose intake and uric acid concentrations are potential risk factors for liver disease progression in NAFLD,” said Valerio Nobili from Bambino Gesu Hospital in Italy.

“The study shows for the first time that uric acid concentrations and dietary fructose consumption are independently and positively associated with NASH,” Nobili added.

For the study, reported in the Journal of Hepatology, the team analysed 271 obese children and adolescents with NAFLD 155 males, mean age 12.5 years — who underwent liver biopsy.

Nearly 90 per cent were found drinking sodas and soft drinks one or more times a week. Almost 95 per cent of patients regularly consumed morning and afternoon snacks consisting of crackers, pizza and salty food, biscuits, yogurt, or other snacks.

The development of NASH may markedly affect life expectancy and quality of life in affected individuals. Thus, “it is crucial to understand the risk factors for NASH in children and adolescents in order to design effective interventions,” Nobili said.


In India Adults Love Smartphones more than their Partners: Study

If you’ve ever felt disgusted when your partner paid more attention to his/her phone on a date, then you are not the only one. Most adults in India paid more attention to their smartphone than their partner when they were together, a new study has revealed.

Sixty percent of adults surveyed said their partner paid more attention to their smart device when they were together on a date.

The study, titled “Three’s Company: Lovers, Friends, and Devices” and released on Wednesday by Intel Security, aims to understand the online behavior of people and how it affects their relationship with friends and significant others.

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Money, gifts and a dinner in a charming restaurant mean nothing in a relationship when the partners pay no attention to each other. The study found that 57 percent of those studied had to compete with their partner’s smartphone for attention on a first date.

An intrusion into a relationship leads to a quarrel which is corroborated by the fact that 75 percent of the adults reported getting into an argument with a friend, significant other, or family member over being on a device while together. The study involved 1,400 Indian adults who use an internet-connected device on a daily basis.

Amid this lack of attention in relationships, it was revealed that 46 per cent of couples shares passwords to social media accounts, 38 percent share passwords to personal email accounts and, interestingly, nearly 35 percent of adults share their work-specific devices and accounts with their significant other.

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Intel Security suggested using long passwords including numbers, and lowercase and uppercase letters, as well as symbols. This Valentine’s Day, if you are planning to make your partner smile, make sure to pay more attention to his/her words than the text on your smartphone.

Source: IANS

Scientist Found the Way to Turn Water into Fuel

Griffith University Researchers has found the way to turn water into fuel. We all know fuel is a non-renewable energy. So scientist has invented a way to make fuel as renewable energy. In this process, they split oxygen and hydrogen components by using an altar thin catalyst.

This process is same as how we are generating electricity from solar energy, in the same way they are creating fuel from splitting water components.

Huijin Zhao, Director of Griffith University’s in the department of Centre for Clean Environment and Energy in Australia said the world is facing five major issues for survival they are the environment, food security, water, public health and energy.

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Global warming causes due to the burning of fossil fuels. As a result, much carbon dioxide is created and causes global warming. So to reduce this effect they had found the renewable and hydrogen equal clean energy.

Researchers also opinioned that if we create water from fuel that will be one scientific solution for the future of sustainable energy supplies.

Prof Zhao also said hydrogen would be a promising clean over fuel over petrol in the foreseeable future. Heterogeneous electro catalytic gas evolution reactions hold a key for clean energy and storage technologies, but their efficiencies are severely prevented by high over potentials caused by slow gaseous products detachment from catalyst surface.

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The outcome of the project will provide the sound scientific basis to design and develop high-performance electro catalysts for fuel gas production. The study was published in the journal Nature Energy.

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