Talk to many bosses of younger employees, from 18 to just under 40 (which takes in Generation Y and Z workers as well) and you will hear many of the same complaints about them being chronically late; uninspired to do work that isn't always exciting; more effective when working in teams than when working alone; attention, reward, and praise-seeking; and always looking for technology solutions (the next killer app) when the answer is to apply more elbow grease to the project. Why, if we narrow the lens of criticism of the below 30-crowd in particular, do we hear so many complaints beyond just managers and supervisors but from other certified, credentialed, experienced professionals, who feel they are second-guessed, argued with, ignored, discounted for "being old," or challenged for their expertise by people who have none of their own. Physicians now post signs in their exam rooms that declare, "Please don't confuse your Google search with my medical degree." Few … [Read more...] about Why Do So Many Young People Doubt Real Authority Figures?
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And if you think I stole that title from a popular song, you’re very wrong Source: Flickr/Carol Von Canon Hawaii recently introduced some bills aimed at prohibiting the sale of games with for-purchase loot boxes to anyone under 21. For those not already in the know concerning the world of gaming, loot boxes are effectively semi-random grab bags of items within video games. These loot boxes are usually received by players either as a reward for achieving something within a game (such as leveling up) and/or can be purchased with currency, be that in-game currency or real world money. Specifically, then, the bills in question are aimed at games that sell loot boxes for real money, attempting to keep them out of the hands of people under 21. Just like tobacco companies aren’t permitted to advertise to minors out of fear that children will come to find smoking an interesting prospect, the fear here is that children who play games with loot boxes might develop a … [Read more...] about My Father Was A Gambling Man
For parents of children who are interested in video games, it can be difficult to understand what makes one game harmful and another benign. How do you know whether to buy a game for your child? The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rates most mainstream games on a system from Early Childhood (EC) to Adults Only (AO). It is similar to the ratings given movies; a game rated “Mature” is roughly equivalent to a movie rated “R.” This is a good indicator of the content of the games, but not the mechanics. For example, Candy Crush contains no violence, sexual content, or inappropriate language, but it is highly addictive; there are reports of people playing the game instead of spending time with friends and family and neglecting to pick up their children from school. Many parents feel helpless, for good reason. Games have changed in the decades since Pacman was released, and it’s hard to keep up. … [Read more...] about Why Is This Game So Addictive?
In December 2016, a man playing Pokémon GO while driving a construction crane hit and killed a woman who was riding a minibike. Ten days later, a middle school teacher playing Pokémon GO veered off the road and struck two pedestrians. Dozens of similar cases have been reported since the game was released in 2016. This is tragic, but not at all surprising, based on how the game is set up. The idea of video game addiction is becoming more mainstream. The World Health Organization recently added it to their list of recognized diseases and the DSM 5, the guide mental health professionals use to help diagnose clients, added it as a “condition for further study.” However, critics point out that it’s difficult or impossible to distinguish from depression. This was cleverly summarized by an author who wrote, “we would not diagnose depressed individuals with hypersomnia with a comorbid ‘bed … [Read more...] about “Gotta Catch ‘Em All”
Source: Canterbury/CreativeCommons The expression “low man on the totem pole”—a colloquial expression signifying someone of little importance—is actually irrelevant in First Nations culture. I argue it should become irrelevant to our thinking as well. Figures on any totem are not arranged in a specific hierarchy and the most important figure can sometimes be the lowest one. One thing I have learned is that we ought to be unwilling to easily accept things for what they appear to be. Let’s investigate another metaphor. One might hear the adage, “canary in a coal mine” to signify the unlucky plight of what is arguably one of nature’s most charming birds. Canaries are acutely sensitive to gases such as carbon monoxide and methane that harbor in coalmines. “Canary in a coal mine” is not simply a figure of speech. In days gone by, canaries were actually used to detect gas breeches in various coal mines. If the canary … [Read more...] about That Time I Almost Wrecked My Personal Purpose