Marriage could be a good behaviour bond for men

Tuesday, 14 December, 2010

Marriage – one way or another – plays a big part in reducing instances of antisocial behaviour in men.

Of course, Burt acknowledges, this may not be the marriage talking. It may be that a guy who has a wife doesn’t hang out with his ne’er-do-well friends so much or that he’s learned, by dating, to bond better. Or that he knows that if he drives drunk/gets in a fight/gets arrested again and manages to escape unscathed, his wife will kill him.

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Should be ratified, a code of conduct for cinema-goers

Wednesday, 24 November, 2010

BBC film critics Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo have – in collaboration with their Twitter followers – compiled a cinema-goers code of conduct.

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Superheroes may save the world, but make for poor role models

Wednesday, 18 August, 2010

Too many superheroes today have excessively macho and self-indulgent traits, and unlike their more selfless counterparts, could be setting a bad example for their impressionable young fans, fears a British psychologist, who names Iron Man as an example:

Unlike conventional superheroes such as Superman, who stood for justice, fairness and decency, the modern macho superheroes portray a negative masculinity, characterised by mindless aggression and rampant sexism. Lamb, who surveyed 674 boys aged four to 18, claimed these hardnosed heroes may be damaging the social skills of teenagers and even affecting their performance at school.

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Do you remember when it was good etiquette to have etiquette?

Wednesday, 7 July, 2010

Ten apparently forgotten rules of social etiquette… a couple of these have become antiquated, rather than forgotten, in my opinion though.

Guests are supposed to arrive at the given time and not wait about at home till they are sure that they will either make a grand entrance or be fashionably late. In the olden times, if you arrived at a dinner part even 15 minutes late, you would be expected to eat in the kitchen with the staff and join the rest of the guests only when they were done eating.

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Gentleman, you have to learn the rules before breaking them

Tuesday, 27 April, 2010

The Rules of a Gentleman, compiled by Ryan Evans. Some of these guidelines are relatively easy to abide by, others however may prove a little testing

Shut the computer and pick up a newspaper every once in a while.

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Lost undercover of the night, truth and light in the world

Friday, 5 March, 2010

Despite the fact our actions are not really concealed, there is still a tendency to lie or deceive after dark, in low light situations, or even while wearing sunglasses.

But they do speculate that even when we communicate via e-mail, we may be more inclined to lie or distort if the lights are low than if the room were filled with sunshine. Perhaps the next time you – or your kids – sit down at the computer to chat or text, it’s best to raise the blinds and insist that the person on the other end do so too.

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An audience with the audience, a nightmare at the movies

Friday, 29 January, 2010

Thankfully my experiences at the movies are nothing like what Ryan Gilbey has to put with:

But for a while now I have found myself tensing slightly in the foyer, knowing full well that, for reasons unconnected with whichever film I am seeing, it will be a miracle if I leave a few hours later having had a satisfying experience. More likely I will have paid a tenner to listen to other people’s conversations, phone calls and heckles.

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No matter what you do the laws of human nature can’t be broken

Tuesday, 22 December, 2009

Ok, so we’re not quite as unique and individual was we thought we were, there seems to be a law of human nature covering our every thought and action

We’re used to the idea that nature is governed by laws that spell out how things work. But the idea that human nature is governed by such laws raises hackles. Perhaps because of this, they have often been proposed with tongue in cheek – which makes it all the more disconcerting when they turn out to be backed up by evidence.

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Good avatar, bad avatar, who are you going to be online?

Thursday, 12 November, 2009

The avatars we choose to represent ourselves on the web may also have some influence on our conduct online thinks Jorge Peña, an assistant professor at the University of Texas, with people who, say, adopt a Batman avatar subsequently assuming some of the Dark Knight’s traits.

“When you step into a virtual environment, you can potentially become ‘Mario’ or whatever other character you are portraying,” said Peña, who studies how humans think, behave and feel online. “Oftentimes, the connotations of our own virtual character will subtly remind us of common stereotypes, such as ‘bad guys wear black or dress up in hooded robes.’ This association may surreptitiously steer users to think and behave more antisocially, but also inhibit more pro-social thoughts and responses in a virtual environment.”

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How do you spell office etiquette?

Friday, 28 November, 2008

Ten tips that may (or may not) help make working in an office a more rewarding and fulfilling experience (if that is at all possible ;).

Don’t ask co-workers how to spell. Microsoft Word has a spell checker. Use it. Don’t bother your co-workers with such questions. It hampers their productivity and lowers their opinion of you. Some probably won’t even want to answer, because doing so makes them feel stupid. When I get such questions, my response is, “Wait a minute while I check the dictionary” or “Wait while I use the Word dictionary.”

What can I say? Isn’t it always the small, petty, matters that tend to create the most animosity and ill will?

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