The fortysomething parents are not alright As birth rates in the US continue to fall, an educated older parent-driven ‘‘baby boom’’ is underway. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the number of first-time moms aged 35 and older is nine times higher than in the 1970s. American men are also becoming fathers at an older age, particularly if they have a bachelor’s degree or more. US Census figures show a steady increase over the past 15 years in the proportion of 40- to 49-year-old married dads to kids under the age of six. Amazon plans headphones that know when someone says your name Noise-canceling headphones provide a peaceful haven for those trying to work or sleep in loud environments, but make it difficult to hear when someone really needs your attention. To address this problem, Amazon has outlined plans for headphones that selectively listen out for certain sound patterns – such as someone saying a specific keyword, such as your name. Noise-canceling headphones have microphones that listen to the sound coming from the outside world – the chatter, traffic or building work – and actively mute those frequencies. Amazon is proposing a design, for which the company has just been awarded a patent, that would analyze the incoming noise and listen for specific trigger words, phrases or sounds – for example, “Hey, Judy.”
What You Learn in Your 40s Pamela Druckerman PARIS — IF all goes according to plan, I’ll turn 44 soon after this column appears. So far in my adult life, I’ve never managed to grasp a decade’s main point until long after it was over. It turns out that I wasn’t supposed to spend my 20s frantically looking for a husband; I should have been building my career and enjoying my last gasp of freedom. I then spent my 30s ruminating on grievances accumulated in my 20s. The joys of Pokémon Go: exercise, the outdoors and 'full-on escapism' “There’s a really rare Pokémon really close by,” confides Deann Rossi. She’s leaning against a wall near the World Trade Center, in lower Manhattan, surveying the landscape on her Pokémon Go app. The rare species is a Scyther, a nearly 5ft-tall green bug, known for its aggression and speed. It’s just a few blocks away, loitering on a street corner towards the Hudson River. Sadly for the busy Rossi, 31, she can’t catch the 123lb insectoid – this Scyther will live to fight another day.
Publications > Generation X Reports The LSAY has released issue three of the second volume on the young adults who have participated in the study since 1987 and who continue to complete an annual survey. This report examines lifelong learning of Gen Xers. The Generation X Report More than one in every 10 members of Generation X are enrolled in classes to continue their formal education, according to a new University of Michigan study released today. In addition, 48 percent of GenXers take continuing education courses, in-service training, and workshops required for professional licenses and certifications. “This is an impressive level of engagement in lifelong learning,” says Jon D. Facebook is chipping away at privacy – and my profile has been exposed Quietly, over the last year, Facebook has killed the concept of a private account. The site has always had a love-hate relationship with privacy: it’s long offered some of the most granular controls of any social network for choosing who sees what content, letting users make posts visible on a sliding scale from “everyone” to “only me”. That’s increasingly important for Facebook, which has seen a reduction of 21% in “original sharing”, users making posts about their own life. As people have become more aware of the downsides of sharing personal details publicly, it seems that they’ve stopped sharing altogether. Letting them have some control over who sees what they post is an important part of restoring trust.
‘I belong to a generation that has fundamentally failed you’ — commencement speaker In my continuing coverage of interesting 2014 commencement speeches, here’s one that Deborah Bial, president and founder of the Posse Foundation, delivered at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley in which she bashes her own generation, not the usual focus of such events: The Posse Foundation is a non-profit organization that identifies, recruits and trains public high school students with outstanding academic and leadership potential — many of them who have been overlooked in traditional college selection processes — and then arranges for full-tuition scholarships for four years at college. Since 1989, some 5,540 public high school students have been through the Posse program and 90 percent of them graduate from college.
Google's My Activity reveals just how much it knows about you Google has rolled out new tools to let users see what its ad-tracking service has learned about them, and to let users opt in or out of a new personalised ads service. The addition to Google’s account settings, called My Activity, allows users to review everything that Google has tracked about their behaviour – across search, YouTube, Chrome, Android and everything else – and edit or delete it at each step. If you use Google for everything you do, you might be surprised by just how much it catalogues about your comings and goings on the internet. The My Activity tools comes with new ad preferences. Slackersomething: “Portlandia” as Generational Therapy Jello Biafra wakes from a coma and really, really doesn’t like what he sees. That is, in an opening sketch this season on the IFC show Portlandia, a punk character played by Biafra (lead singer of seminal 1980s hardcore band the Dead Kennedys) wakes from a coma he’s been in since 1986. He wanders the streets of Portland, dismayed by the artfully coifed and clothed inhabitants, all of whom seem perfectly self-satisfied as they go about their business, from eating at a sidewalk café to doing Yoga in the park. “Yuppies! Yuppies! Yuppies!”
Facebook lurking makes you miserable, says study Image copyright iStock Too much Facebook browsing at Christmas - and seeing all those "perfect" families and holiday photos - is more likely to make you miserable than festive, research suggests. A University of Copenhagen study suggests excessive use of social media can create feelings of envy. It particularly warns about the negative impact of "lurking" on social media without connecting with anyone. The study suggests taking a break from using social media. The study of more than 1,300 participants, mostly women, says that "regular use of social networking such as Facebook can negatively affect your emotional well-being and satisfaction with life".
Winona Ryder Finally Agrees To Sleep With Generation X LOS ANGELES—After being a subject of Generation X desire for the better part of two decades, actress Winona Ryder announced Tuesday that she had finally conceded to having intercourse with every interested member within that age group. Ryder, 39, believes members of Gen-X are now finally mature enough to "handle her." "Fine," Ryder said in a statement addressed to the 71 million American men and women born between the years 1962 and 1981. "For more than 20 years, I've had to endure the yearnings of an entire generation of people, so I suppose I owe it to them to finally offer some relief. After all, they've avidly followed my career all this time.
TV anchor says live on-air 'Alexa, order me a dollhouse' – guess what happens next A San Diego TV station sparked complaints this week – after an on-air report about a girl who ordered a dollhouse via her parents' Amazon Echo caused Echoes in viewers' homes to also attempt to order dollhouses. Telly station CW-6 said the blunder happened during a Thursday morning news package about a Texan six-year-old who racked up big charges while talking to an Echo gadget in her home. According to her parents' Amazon account, their daughter said: "Can you play dollhouse with me and get me a dollhouse?" Next thing they knew, a $160 KidKraft Sparkle Mansion dollhouse and four pounds of sugar cookies arrived on their doorstep. During that story's segment, a CW-6 news presenter remarked: "I love the little girl, saying 'Alexa ordered me a dollhouse'." That, apparently, was enough to set off Alexa-powered Echo boxes around San Diego on their own shopping sprees.