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Abi Santel I think there are many words to describe my personality. I range from being the nicest kid in the world to be the biggest brat in the world. The word I would most describe myself as, though, is shy. You will soon see why I think I am shy. We were at soccer camp, the summer before I would be in sixth grade. "We" means my friend Kara and me. It was the very first time I had been to a soccer camp, and a sports camp-or any camp- at that. I was very nervous. Kara was nervous too, but she isn't as shy as I am. The first few days that I was at camp, I wanted to participate in small things. What I consider small things are things like being the example to show the other campers how to do drills and different things liked that. I, of course, couldn't find it possible to volunteer for that. They would probably laugh at me. Besides, half of the other campers were ten times better than me. All through camp I went on stepping back when there was a chance to participate in things I wanted to do. Then the real time I wanted to volunteer came. It was the last day of the week at camp, and the campers were going to play the instructors in a game of soccer. I really, really, really wanted to play. Of course I didn't. I just sat back and watched while Kara and the rest of the girls had fun playing against the instructors. When Kara came to get a drink from her water bottle, she said to me, "Abi, why don't you come play?" "I don't want to," I said. Boy, was that lying. I hope you realized that there is no advantage to being shy. It is much more fun to go on ahead and do the things you want to in life. You should be glad if shyness is not included in your personality.
If I Could Change One Thing About Myself
Perhaps, one of the most unpleasant feelings one can experience in life is being discontent with oneself. Whereas we are prone to notice negative features in other people, we rarely turn our eyes on ourselves to critically evaluate our behavior or personal qualities. But, if we do, we can notice many traits within ourselves that we would not like to be there. I try to stay tolerant towards the majority of my personality features. Though, simultaneously with my positive qualities, I can be a lazy, irresponsible, apathetic downer. I learned to live with these and other drawbacks; but, the quality that I would enjoy getting rid of is my tendency to doubt my decisions. It is human nature to doubt ourselves from time to time. Imagine the situation when the five best universities in the United States are willing to have you as their student. This is one chance in a million, and you know this decision could define your entire life. Most likely, you will not randomly point your finger at one of them and say: “I will study here” (well, not immediately, at least).
My Secret Place What is your attitude towards loneliness? Do you think it is a curse. appreciating each moment of silence you can snatch from the surrounding world? These small breaks can help you replenish your energy and reorganize your thoughts. who lived in our town a long time ago – those people were thought to have kept slaves in the old warehouse. This is my approach towards my proneness to doubtfulness: I can live with it. I am sometimes prone to doubt even after I made a decision. Some said that smugglers used it during World War II for their purposes. and then doubt about the decision for a while. bloody story of love and treason. In real life. at the same time. you must start working to actualize it without hesitation. we had a steep hill on the outskirts. In my child and teen years. uninformed decisions regardless of their possible consequences. so that you can start each day as a new one – not as an extension of a previous one. And after intense doubts and worries. In a small town in the center of America. The more you think over a certain action of yours. you will sketch out your future career perspectives as a graduate of each of these universities. I would choose a university carefully. But.Instead you will conduct serious research. without this ability we would most likely make random. others told stories about local slaveholders. . which is valued less by people than it should be accorded. I know it is mine. I agree with this thesis. As for me. seemed to know who had built that warehouse in such an inconvenient place. where I lived back then. and this is the moment when doubts become troublesome. This is the most reasonable approach. and what for. the more likely you will delay the actual realization of what is on your mind. and accept both their negative and positive traits. such a peculiarity manifests in more everyday situations. I had a perfect place to go to when I felt like being on my own. left face-to-face with yourself? Or do you. On its top. No one. and check a number of other parameters. but more often that I would like. make a final decision. but I am persistently working on getting rid of this quality. I start to reflect about trivial decisions. I am more of the second kind of person. when you are isolated from the rest of the world. For us children. seek it. Doubts are a natural mechanism which helps us make the best possible decision in every particular case. an old warehouse stood. when the decision is made. you would finally choose your favored institution. Most likely. even older people. To stay at home or to hang out with friends? Whatever I choose. even though I would be already studying there. on the contrary. that old wooden shack was a haunted place with a grim. But in my case. Wise people teach us to be tolerant towards themselves. but with one small specification: this acceptance must not be an excuse for not working towards personal development and growth. solitude for me is a gift. To buy chocolate milk or beer? To go to the cinema or to the theater? To spend vacations in the mountains or at the sea? Not always. I will spend some time thinking about the opposite variant. Would I like to completely quit doubting about anything? I think not. figuring out the advantages and drawbacks of being a student of each particular university.
is in fact a rare occasion. however. you know. unpaid labor and failed marriages. Sometimes. what was meaningful to me was only what I could see. I behaved like a cautious animal. and fortunately I never had problems with them. Sitting with my legs dangling from the attic’s crossbar. I enjoy the company of unfamiliar random people. soft shades in the attic. as well as many other things – did not exist. chimeras. or their joy with a 13-year-old kid from an American no-name remoteness. in train.None of the townsmen had ever visited the old warehouse. or seasonal workers traveling across the entire country further to the West. who appear in my life just for several moments: in an airplane. in a cafe. providing me with answers to issues that worry teenagers. In August of 2013. I met other people there. In their voices I could hear the wisdom and the ignorance of the world. Finch’s cat that I accidentally ran over by my bicycle – all this. the head of a lion. nature still can surprise us. in a hitch. Today. complicated. because almost 35 years have passed since the last time another carnivorous species had been discovered in both North and South Americas . and in exchange they told me their stories. as I visited the warehouse. the most well-known representative of this family is a raccoon. And. and the life beneath my outlook point. with all of its GPS and satellites. usually with an apple in my hand. And now. crashed hopes and vehement dreams. animal species. and the birds in a nest above my head (for some reason they were not afraid of me). The destinies of other people – perplexed. During such moments. curator of mammals at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Children were scared and adults just did not feel like climbing up the steep slope for no reason. and tiny ants running here and there. as there were much more undiscovered phenomena. those people. or smell. Its name is olinguito (or Bassaricyon neblina in Latin). I still enjoy solitude. Who am I? Why is everything as it is? Who are people around me? What should I do? How should I treat others? Those vagabonds. and it has been classified in the family ofprocyonidae. I was its only visitor. unrequited first love. werewolves. arguments with friends. it looks like even in the 21st century. Or even if I would (though I never did) – still they saw me for the first and last time in their lives. and even Mrs. or joked with me. Usually they were vagabonds. but at the same time keen and full of real life – helped me understand myself and the world around me. I remember the warm golden light. and a long horn. Along with scientific and technological progress. when I reminisce about my childhood. green scales. They shared their fears. The ancient Chinese manuscript Zuo Zhuan contains descriptions of the Qilin – a creature with a body of a deer. and the tile rooftops of my town. laws of nature. made by a Smithsonian scientist Kristofer Helgen. a new carnivorous mammalian species was discovered. I would bring them some canned food. their grief. The Latest Mammalian Species Discovered Ancient scientists must have had much more work than their modern colleagues. For most of a year. a smell of fresh hay. I believe that old warehouse determined my life. The discovery of olinguitos. I heard stories of loneliness and long railway trails. I watched the sunsets and sunrises. new animals are rarely being discovered. They tell me their stories and leave – and I carefully write them down… I am a writer. knowing that he will not spill the beans. whom people in our town contemptuously called ‘low-lives’ – they taught me things much more valuable than what I could study in vaunted universities. and so on. and other mythical creatures. when I have a free minute. just like in my adolescence. hear. people continued to believe in manticoras. My school worries. touch. If they stayed long enough. When this happened. staying for a couple of days before moving ahead.
5 feet long and weighing only 2 pounds – and feed primarily on fruit. however. Though before the 18th century. humanity quickly and dramatically increased the amounts and quality of knowledge about the planet we live on. 95% of oceanic depths are still unexplored (LiveScience). perhaps. scientific progress had a rather slow pace. Since olinguitos are nocturnal creatures they have big eyes that help them navigate in the dark. Helgen said that it is rather unusual: “I honestly think that this could be the last time in history that we will turn up this kind of situation—both a new carnivore. They inhabit the misty forests of South America and are nocturnal creatures. According to the descriptions provided by scientists. one needs to look no further than giant squids. Olinguito share about 90 percent of their DNA with olingos – their “sister” species – but still remain a unique and brand new carnivore specimen (Time). but can also feed on insects. It is jokingly described by the scientists as a “cross between a house cat and a teddy bear” (Newsdesk). and one that’s widespread enough to have multiple kinds” (Smithsonian. This means that are an unimaginable number of wonders awaiting to be discovered. olinguitos reside in the misty forests of the South American Andes located in 5.000 to 9. and live in the treetops – they can move through the forests by jumping from one tree to another. enormous mantas. there seems to exist four subspecies of olinguitos that differ mostly by color (their fur can be of different shades of reds. There seem to exist four subspecies of olinguito. According to some data. One of such creatures is the oarfish. which could be a prototype for .5 feet long. Have You Ever Seen an Oarfish? Oarfish: Amazing Sea Giants Humankind has resided on Earth for thousands of years. Olinguito can be considered the smallest representative of the raccoon family. which results in the large size of their eyes.com). Discoveries made about Earth show that it is still full of wonders. which gives reasons to classify these animals as carnivores. fish-devils.(CNN). orange and browns) and by the area of the Andes which they inhabit. while being no bigger than 2. A perfect illustration of this thesis is represented by weird creatures that are regularly being found or filmed in the oceans across the entire planet. and weighs about two pounds. They are rather small – about 2. One of the biggest mysteries today are oceans. starting from the 20th century. differing only in fur color and regions of the Andes which they inhabit. For an example. Olinguitos primarily eat fruits. olinguitos seem to be cute carnivorous creatures belonging to the raccoon family. though bugs also make a part of their diet. According to Helgen.000 feet above sea level. this is one of the reasons why they have remained unclassified by science for such a long time. and other unique species that most likely had served ancient sailors as sources of inspiration for their legends about deep sea monsters. despite constant and persistent research conducted by scientists.
An oarfish is a unique and fascinating creature. and comprised of both land and marine routes.famous sea serpents. Its longest exemplar was known to reach 17 meters long. crustaceans. For example. An oarfish is a gigantic and extremely elongated sea creature. USA (CNN). Their flanks and undersides may be different in color. in October. which they strain from the water with their grill rakers. and well before the arrival of the airplane. they usually turn their bodies into a vertical position. 2001). The oarfish does not have any scales as well. it does not mean that all the exemplars of the oarfish are that long. which is caused by small crystals of guanine deposited in the upper layers of its skin. oarfish have other curious characteristics. krill. despite of its size. along the coastline of Asia. oarfish possesses a surprisingly small mouth with no visible teeth in it. Oarfish are a perfect example of the thesis that we still know little about our planet. However. one of the largest of its representatives was found in October. oarfish are known to feed entirely on plankton. It is interesting to know that when oarfish feed. However. the trading path between East and West was the artery which contributed to cultural and monetary exchange between civilizations. Passing through the expansive plains of the Indian subcontinent. across the known world at the time (Vadime. spanning more than 4000 miles. the Silk Route snaked through the high valleys of the Tibetan plateau and over the roof of the world – the Himalayan mountain ranges. 2013 one that spanned six meters was found in Southern California. Though in the older times oarfish could most likely inspire sailors to have stories about gigantic sea serpents. there still existed a way to connect the world. Oarfish usually inhabit the tropics. in most cases. From ancient China towards the West. and onwards to Europe via the sea. its Latin (and scientific) name. 2013 on the Southern California coast. the Silk Route knitted together the entire region in a triangular . and especially about oceans. Except its length. its length can reach about 17 meters long. silk. though sometimes it can be seen elsewhere. Simultaneously. The Silk Route Centuries prior to the Internet. though they also can be seen in other regions of the world ocean. is translated as “royal” which makes this species a “king” of other fish. dangerous and carnivorous. it ran across the deserts of Arabia to reach the Mediterranean Sea. Presumably. Despite its size and feeding requirements it does not possess a danger to humans. besides it inhabits deep waters of tropic areas. their length varies between 2-4 meters (New World Encyclopedia). but in the majority of cases they are also blue and black (New World Encyclopedia). It eats small fish. and other smaller prey. the Silk Route was established roughly 2200 years ago. there were documented cases when oarfish ate cnedarian medusa and little squids. much earlier than the steam engine. which sounds like Regalicidae. Anyways. The Silk Route. Its color is mostly bluish. Deriving its name from the then rare and highly in-demand commodity. they have earned their name due to their length and a slightly compressed body shape.
and culture. it cannot overcome one of the most amazing mechanisms that have ever existed – human emotions. However. free and open world. joy – these . soldier to soldiers. at least this is true for the human brain. it helped the spread of knowledge to humankind as it brought the pen. the Silk Route also facilitated the distribution of the wickedness of its era. Let us focus on the transhumanist idea about shifting our natural bodies to the artificial ones. guilt. or replacing human biological bodies with cloned or mechanical ones. culture. the Silk Route. it became the colloquial “melting pot. will most likely not change in the future. diplomacy. emerged to become the most significant and only conduit of all goods the world could have exchanged – and even the evils. Not surprisingly. humankind’s evolution has reached its peak. fear.” and a launch-pad for today’s internationalism and glottalization. thanks to the modern and efficient means of worldwide exchange like the airplane and the Internet. The “Black Death” or bubonic plague raged around the world to the deepest regions of Russia through the Silk Route. Shame. Likewise. a large group of people believe that the human race can be enhanced by the means of modern technology. the paper and even the printer to the world. Thus. It brought relative food security to regions short of rations. while the original and functional utility of Silk Route has diminished over time. artist to artists. and our mental capabilities. Primarily a carrier of silk from China to the world. One does not feel an emotion in their min d – it is a physical reflection of their mental condition. The Silk Route. It enabled the exchange of human values: religion. art. When Genghis Khan. A Note Against Transhumanism By the first quarter of the 21st century. and of rare goods from the world to China. compassion. prosperous. and despite its seeming attractiveness. This means that the shape of our bodies. with time. the human quest for the righteousness of the world based on the cherished principle of mutual coexistence far outweighed and outpaced the evils of those times. 2007).web of numerous marine routes – extending from Java in the far East to the coast of Africa in the Southwest (Wilson. And above all. he took the Silk Route southwards to deliver his wrath to the world. It aided civilizations in learning from other civilizations. a tribal wanderer. human to humans. it is a dangerous idea and a direct way to social instability and losing humaneness. It ushered in an unprecedented era of progress and prosperity for human civilization. Simply put. the Silk Route efficiently and effectively connected the entire known world. Yet. the timeless esteem the world holds for this historic route remains ceaseless. trader to traders. arose from the anonymity of Mongolia. as some neuroscientists claim (io9). to help shape the modern. as well as the functions of our organs. art. However. In essence. No matter how sophisticated is the technology. It introduced the world to Marco Polo and his stories. It promoted human values. and kings to the kings. an emotion is a reaction of an individual’s body to their thoughts or actions. along with reasonable ideas there exist radical theories about digital immortality (uploading one’s consciousness to external storages). if the human body is replaced by a mechanical analogue. economy. connected civilization to civilizations. technology and peace. This ideology is called transhumanism. how would this person be able to have feelings? Emotions serve as regulators of our behavior.
calls for lowering the drinking age have sounded for a rather long time. Alzheimer. But our minds are biologically programmed to function within a certain time lapse (ScientificBase). According to data provided by the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Even if a cloned biological body would be used instead of the mechanical one – where are the guarantees that nothing would go wrong? Emotionality is perhaps one of the strongest anchors of humaneness that we possess. the drinking age should not be lowered. schizophrenia.” Therefore. Respectively. but instead of creating digital universes. for example. which is one of the key criteria of humaneness. Many of us know people with Alzheimer’s disease at 60 or 70 years old. they help us distinguish rights from wrongs. and other negative consequences of this artificial and uncontrolled evolution are directly connected to the previous thesis about the loss of emotions. one of the first associations that come to mind when talking about alcohol is driving. humans in fact would have to fight idiocy and mental disorders. One of the scourges of human civilization of the 21st century are mental diseases. in a number of countries such as Australia. if youth were officially allowed to consume alcohol from 18 years old.1% out of 10. they empower our ethics. and many other mental dysfunctions are rather common within an average lifespan of 70-80 years. It is ironical: transhumanists like Ray Kurzweil or Hans Moravec dream of godlike abilities. Another problem related to transhumanism is a global shift in social processes. Considering this. dementia. It can be compared to an expiration date. transhumanism and its ideals are hardly applicable to humanity. this index of car accidents would necessarily be much higher. and denying it would most likely lead to unforeseen consequences. according to certain criteria. it is obvious that respective procedures will be available only to those who can afford paying money for it (as it will not be cheap). Some transhumanist ideas could be even applied for the sake of humanity. in particular – are dystopic. would an immortal entity be able to remain fully sane for hundreds of years? A mental disease is not a virus or glitch. China. Social life would change drastically. our moral norms (FAKE 1). transhumanists believe that the ability to transfer minds to the external storages would literally make people immortal. Hence. For citizens of the United States. human rights infringement. Paranoia. radical transhumanist ideas – transferring the human mind to artificial external carriers. In the United states. considering that alcohol can lead to unpredictable behavior and other negative social consequences. discrimination. Perhaps. in 2010 a high percentage of car accidents connected to drunk driving (15. as augmented people would most likely treat “simple” people as inferior beings. But most likely the minds of such augmented and literally immortal people would simply collapse. At the same time. However. or Russia. Crimes. having a car is a must starting from the age when a teenager is allowed to receive a driving license. so one cannot start an anti-viral program to delete it. Most often this criteria is age. the worse the mind condition is.and many other emotions we feel every day. in the majority of cases it is set to 21 years. Why the Drinking Age Should Not Be Lowered Alcohol belongs in the category of psychoactive substances that one can legally buy in almost any country in the world. On the other hand. Transhumanism as an ideology of the artificial evolution of humankind by the means of technology can be rather attractive. . However. some kind of a cyber-psychotherapy would become medical discipline number one in the transhumanist future.228 individuals) was observed among young people aged between 18-20 years (PolicyMic). because a human mind has a biologically programmed “expiration date. hence. people would lose their ability to feel emotions. it is set to 18 (ICAP). and seems to be inevitable. they might be able to form a sort of a higher caste that would treat regular “non-augmented” humans as inferior beings (Anselmo). artificial enhancements will most likely make these new human beings more effective in terms of mental and physical capabilities. and the more time passes after it. Artificial or cloned bodies would cause “augmented” human beings a number of severe problems. all kinds of obsessive-compulsive disorders. Since transhumanism implies a person voluntarily undergoing bodily changes.
Considering the specifics of adolescence. Medical irresponsibility of allowing teenagers to drink alcohol on a legal basis is also obvious to those that have at least a basic knowledge in biology. decreased ability of decision-making. and it should not be lowered. Therefore. is another reason against lowering drinking age that should be taken to consideration. 21-year old students buy beer or spirits for themselves and for their friends who can be of the age 18-20. In the case of the drinking age being lowered to 18 years. it would also negatively affect the youth’s cognitive development. Though in a number of countries worldwide the drinking age is 18 years – in the United States this index is 21. Underage individuals who consume alcohol put themselves at more risks of addiction. the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration claims that since establishing the drinking age of 21 in 1975. among the most important decision an individual makes throughout their life. taking a so-called gap year after graduating from high school is a reasonable alternative for those students who are not yet sure about their goals. The so-called “trickle-down effect. dreams. perhaps. When students . and that nobody should interfere in his or her decision-making process. granting teenagers with a wider access to alcohol can have negative consequences for their health and wellbeing. the first factor speaking in favor of taking a gap year is that by doing so a student learns responsibility and how to organize their life to a greater extent. tend to behave less responsibly. reaching ages of 15-17 or even less. Why Students Should Take a Gap Year The choice of a future career is. and may become violent. This effect implies that individuals who already have a right to legally purchase and consume alcohol tend to buy it for their younger peers (ProCon. depressed. will not necessarily design and determine their future. And despite the fact that a particular college or university. clouding their ability to make decisions and plans.org). as well as for planning and organization (ProCon. and expectations for the future.org). which are responsible for emotional regulation. due to the so-called “trickle-down effect” lowering the drinking age would also mean grantin g access to alcohol to individuals who are younger than 18 years old. Taking a gap year is expensive in terms of travelling (which is one of the main occupations of students during their gap years) or spending free time in some other way. Consuming alcohol on a regular basis can negatively affect the development of an individual’s brain’s frontal lobes. and would make them more vulnerable to addiction and other negative effects. Lowering the drinking age to 18 years old would lead to an increase of car accidents connected to drunk driving.” well-known to sociologists. the number of car fatalities among 18-20 year old drivers in the United States decreased by 13% (SFGate). for example. where former school students enter after graduating from high school. Perhaps. Even though a profession may change with the flow of time. and even prone to suicide. a necessity to select a college – which equals making a fateful decision – requires deep analysis and contemplation. for many it is true. Assuming that a student is left to decide what they want to become on their own terms. the age of individuals who in fact have access to alcohol will decrease even more.Moreover. making the first step on this path is an essential and responsible act.
different perspectives. technologies have also metamorphisized the way we communicate. To some degree this chance is the only one a person may have throughout their entire life. During the gap year students learn more about responsibility and organizing their lives. broadens their outlooks.realize this simple fact. Researchers believe it is connected to the possibility to choose one’s sphere of interests. Students who take a year off usually demonstrate better academic performance than those who enter colleges immediately after high school. another reason why the second category of students often may perform worse is fatigue from studying at high school. social. Changes in Communication I often try to comprehend cultural. taking a gap year to take a breath and look around seems to be a more reasonable alternative. Finally. Whereas many students and their parents are concerned about possible problems with academic performance after taking a year off.1-0. recent research proves the opposite. The pace of everyday life has increased dramatically compared even to the middle of the 20th century. Perhaps. assignments – they are able make new friends around the world. In addition. To a large extent these changes were caused by technological progress: new inventions often transformed the way of people’s lives and respectively. mobile communication devices. and other manifestations of life in higher education (Mihaylova). there is no need to rush to enroll in a college immediately after high school. Airplanes. the way they spend money. assignments. political. and so on. these rules allowed people to enter the communication process smoothly. those who take a gap year do not experience this problem. because they have to earn their own money to pay for the leisurely part of the gap year. moral and other changes that humanity has undergone throughout centuries of its existence and development. But. As it turns out. and today people have to sacrifice courtesy in favor of productiveness and efficiency (IFResearch). However. In particular. nowadays we can see that etiquette is rather often neglected in favor of the efficiency of communication. studies show that students who decide to take a gap year before entering a college had a GPA that was on average 0.4 higher than those students who enrolled into higher education immediately after high school (FoxBusiness). academic assignments. what is even more curious. Englishmen have a tradition to talk about the weather when they met an unfamiliar (or even a familiar) person. and make a more balanced and reasonable decision before choosing what to major in. Japanese people have multiple complex ways to start a conversation politely. career choices. because in the future there awaits all kinds of credits. career. and organize their time. a gap year is most likely the only chance for a person to see the world without being bothered by such problems as loans. cars. They can also collect money for further education to decrease the amount of student loans which they need to take out. The other significant reason for taking a gap year is better academic performance. Many students choose to visit countries that they know they will never go to in the future. they usually take temporary part-time jobs to cover the expenditures of future vacations (WhateverResources). All this makes students more self-sufficient and responsible for their decisions. and dedicate time to introspect about their own behavior. the norms by which societies lived. troubles. family. from the . and helps them to understand the diversity of the world they live in on a deeper level. as well as other technological wonders have reformed the way we think and live. Taking a year off is also a perfect opportunity to see the world and feel completely free of daily routines. computers. Many other nations also had their own rules of etiquette. this often provides them with inspiration. find inspiration.
it happens often enough to send a photograph or an image file to explain yourself rather than describe your condition or situation in words (Instagram is a perfect example of how it works). moreover. All kinds of emoticons in social networks and messengers serve the purpose of mitigating plain insentient text. The pace of life has increased. Internet communication has also contributed to the development of a peculiar language layer. we would most likely look like rude and straightforward people. their existence seems impossible out of the Internetcommunications context. Poets. Lots of neologisms such as cul8r or brb appear almost on a daily basis. but also regular language is changing. and other languages. However. Spanish.com). another specific word) via cell phones and other mobile gadgets. and thus lingual etiquette has also evolved. but also the language that we use on a daily basis. and recipes. The modern English language is regularly updated by the expressions that were unknown less than a decade ago. artists. but also the emotional palette and even images. The term “like-shock” is used to describe a condition of a person who has posted something in social networks and then gathered an unexpectedly huge amounts of “likes” under it. so called netspeak. imagining them exist out of the Internet and computer technologies context seems impossible.viewpoint of a person from the 1950s. as we have become less concerned about our culture of communication. LOL. romantic love. Russian. they are the real world and virtual reality (IDFS). a/s/l. and so on. reasons. romantic love appears to help a person hold focus on one specific partner. philosophers. Sex drive is necessary to make a person start looking for partners. basically. btw. compared even to the middle of the 20th century. that has evolved from regular English. It is not completely slang—it is rather a new digital language. however. Not only has the language of the Internet changed. Helen Fisher. not only the language of Internet communication. biological origins. considering it to be archaic. and attachment. Communication today has undergone serious changes. . Many of its terms (such as “to computer-face” or “like-shock”) are familiar to people who often use computers. and other representatives of creative professions sought for its origins. Technological progress has allowed scientists to research this issue and provide valid arguments in favor of the theory. This is not to mention so called texting (by the way. attachment is crucial for building a long-lasting and reliable relationship with a selected partner (Chemistry. an anthropologist of Rutgers University. finally. The Internet has made it possible to transfer not only meaning. cul8r. u2. in the 21st century. people have become pragmatic enough to assume that love might have more grounded. The time we live in is interesting in terms of the existence of at least two levels of language usage. each with its own functional tasks and roles: sex drive. such neologisms as “to computer-face” means to throw quick disturbed glances at the monitor to create an impression of serious work pressure. And though they precisely describe situations and conditions which many modern people are familiar with. Such neologisms as brb. Besides. For example. Computer technologies are known to have influenced modern languages most of all. claiming that love is much (not totally though) about “simple” chemistry. Other peculiar terms such as “ghost-post” or “Facebook-minute” have also appeared in the modern English language due to the influence of computer technologies (Know-What). According to Dr. The Chemistry of Love Love has been referred to as a sublime feeling as long as written literature has existed. along with an altered use of grammar rules and other peculiarities form a completely new culture of digital communication. love as a holistic system can be divided in three basic subsystems.
says that men are usually exposed to a greater risk of getting. Testosterone and oestrogen cause sex drive to be present. this is why using the expression “love chemistry” is fully justified. Even though a love relationship is a lot about psychology. or attraction. specialists admit that sex can give a start to romance.com). finally. attachment is sustained by such hormones as oxytocin and vasopressin (BBC Science). Michael Schmidt. however. In many of them. For the sex drive subsystem.Each of these subsystems needs a driving force to operate and impact an individual’s behavior. act impulsively. romantic love stage. Office Dangers The majority of urban populations spend at least eight hours per day in an office. for mother-and-child bonds (oxytocin). or at least moving much. oxytocin. it becomes reinforced by the hormones oxytocin and vasopressin. Along with natural psychological processes. good mood. impulsiveness. in particular. As a relationship develops. Testosterone and oestrogen are respectively male and female sex hormones that are responsible for sex-related physiological reactions. and the motivation to look for a partner. The popular expression “love chemistry” should be understood literally. lust. which makes us look for new partners (if we do not have one already). according to a study conducted by microbiologists of the San Diego State University and the University of Arizona. Working in an office means sharing an environment with a number of other people. it is still fueled by hormones. working conditions do not assume regular physical exercising. is “driven” mostly by dopamine and serotonin. This fact means possible issues with germs and bacteria. During moments of intimacy. is the same hormone that is responsible for the forming of mother-and-child bonds. So. Such conditions can hardly be called healthy or natural. This especially refers to male office workers. for example. a serious relationship is more about care and tenderness. this hormone is also believed to be secreted when the two partners get intimate. as they usually do not pay a strict attention to . In its turn. a norovirus. attachment – as the most long-lasting phase of a love relationship – is driven by the same hormones that are responsible. as all people have different hygienic habits. as it increases the influx of dopamine to the brain (Chemistry. such as euphoria. Thus. the brain is affected by dopamine and serotonin – the hormones that are responsible for all the symptoms of romantic love. and so they almost necessarily result into manifold health issues. a microbiologist at the Medical University of South Carolina. in particular. and “get stuck” on the person which they fell in love with. employees have to sit in one place throughout their entire working day. And whereas some of them such as back pain or bad posture are obvious. Dopamine and serotonin are hormones that cause euphoria. despite the claims that love is purely a solemn and sublime feeling. testosterone and oestrogen are crucial. concentration on the object of love. other problems may be difficult to identify. love is also to a significant extent dependent on the hormones secreted by our bodies during various stages of a relationship’s development. and so on. Sex drive. than romance and turbulent feelings. Experts who did not participate in this research still confirmed the results obtained by their colleagues. it also has a lot to do about biology and chemistry. so this is why one can be “high” from the feeling of love. which have become typical among office workers. is regulated by the hormones of testosterone and oestrogen. men’s office spaces contain on average 10 percent to 20 percent more bacteria than in women’s working environments (MSN). the same hormones are also secreted after taking certain drugs.
Along with such obvious health issues as poor posture or short sight. on average 16% of workers reported that anger at the workplace had led them to a company’s property damage. energy-saving fluorescent light bulbs are claimed to be able to cause skin damage by emitting excessive ultraviolet radiation if located 5 feet or closer to a person. PROJECT IN . Though today it is common knowledge that there are direct psychological and psychosomatic health-related impacts of excessive stress at the workplace. Working in the office implies exposure to hidden dangers posed by the specifics of the environment. 9% of workers reported that violence caused by stress had occurred at their workplace. there also exist problems which can be noticed only when they manifest themselves. Coworkers’ sneezing. For example. as well as other factors can also be harmful for one’s health (MSN). or snuffling can also become a source of germs. photodermatoses and skin cancer are among the most often reported diseases. 10 more percent expressed fear that their environs might not be safe (RJC Associates). Free candies and coffee. ultraviolet radiation from energy-saving light bulbs. In particular. coughing. it can be even more dangerous in terms of the safety of surrounding people. Among such harmful effects one should name germs. conditioned air.hand hygiene after using a bathroom as women usually do. In 2007. open office spaces that increases stress because of the lack of privacy. Appliances used in offices can also be dangerous. conditioned office air (as well as too cool or overheated air). and workplace rage caused by excessive stress. according to the researchers from Stony Brook University in New York (Scientific American).
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