I must say when I came across the Wall Street Journal’s article my first reaction was, well yes we do get a good offer for Internet access over here in France. When my sister went to England recently I was looking at the prices for her and I was pretty astonished. I mean there were a few cheap offers but they were often accompanied with small print that indicated that you had a 5 Gig bandwidth limit for example and/or a 128K connection and that was it. No Wifi included and I can remember one offer saying and if you want to share the line it will cost you more.
Archives for March 2006
An article at emarketer presents the findings of a recent study that illustrates how the time women in Europe spend online has increased faster over the last three years than for men. This data may be the indication of an ongoing trend that would in effect lead to a shift where women will be spending more time on line than men…
The article is a very interesting read and also discusses how women use the internet differently that has in turn brought a high increase in the sophistication of medium and technology used by women.
I’ve just got back from a night at the theatre (I was doing the lights and sound). Two plays, one called “Three Sleepless Nights” by Caryl Churchill followed by “Mountain Language” by Harold Pinter. In the first play by Caryl Churchill there is a scene where a woman lying in bed and in despair cuts her wrist(s). On scene I bring the main lights down and shine a spot light on the sheet that has (fake) red blood that can be seen.
I must explain, this is in France, but tonight an older lady started shouting out saying that with all that was going on (i.e. the unrest and strikes I suppose) having this type of thing on display was disgraceful and she wanted her money back!!! She carried on about it for several minutes stopping and starting again with people from the audience asking her to leave / be quiet etc.
A recent study by John Cacioppo from Chicago University illustrates that loneliness can increase “the blood pressure of those nearing retirement age to the same degree as smoking or a sedentary lifestyle”.
The study explained on the New Scientist web site (and nowhere to be found on the Journal of Psychology and Aging web site at this moment!) expands on a previous study and collected data. It indicates that social connections are an important element of the lonely factor and perceived and real social connections are sometimes misleading as are people perceived as outgoing and how isolated they sometimes feel…