PRE-CRASTINATION: When it comes to structuring our work, many of us pre-crastinate – How often have you rushed to complete a task ahead of time? we’re constantly trying to check off tasks to free up our working memory—the information we remember in the short-term. Instead of being eager to get things done quickly, perhaps we need to focus on getting things done more slowly but with better quality and less revisions down the road.
Generation Nice (Bon Duke, NYTIMES)
GENERATION NICE: Millenials are not an entitled generation but a complex and introspective one — with a far higher proportion of nonwhites than its predecessors as well as a greater number of people raised by a single parent.
Its members also have weathered many large public traumas: the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, costly (and unresolved) wars, the Great Recession.
Add to those the flood of images of Iraq and Katrina (and, for older millennials, Oklahoma City and Columbine) — episodes lived and relived, played and replayed, on TV and computer screens.
Almost two-thirds or 64% of millennials said they would rather make $40,000 a year at a job they love than $100,000 a year at a job they think is boring.
DOG OR CAT COUNTRY? Overall, cats are the favored pet in most of Western Europe, with the exception of Spain, Portugal and Ireland. South America is strictly dog country, as is much of Asia.
Top Dog Loving States: Arkansas, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma
Top Cat Loving States: Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Vermont, District of Columbia
Dog Cat Countries (Euromonitor)
TOFU & FISH MCNUGGETS? McDonald’s Japan rolled out a doppelganger of Chicken McNuggets made from tofu and minced fish on Wednesday.
Tofu Shin-jo McNugget is made from minced white fish, tofu, edamame, soybeans, carrots and onions. Shaped just like regular Chicken McNuggets, these tofu-and-fish nuggets taste fluffy inside and crispy outside, and come with a ginger-flavored sauce that has a “refreshing” taste.
Made in Japanese factories, the tofu nuggets are available for $2.44 for four pieces.
McDonald’s has been localizing its menu items around the world: cheese quiche in Brazil, red bean pie in China, beef-less potato-patty burgers in India.
STRESSED OUT: Women are more stressed out than men in every category – too many responsibilities, finances, work, health, neighbors – except for friends.
18-29 year olds are most stressed out by “too many responsibilities.” 30-39 year-olds most stressed about finances. 65+ year-olds are least stressed out by their looks.
70% of people respond to extreme stress by sleeping less than usual.
83% of 18-29 year olds say stress has a positive effect in their lives – the highest in all age groups.
Sources of Stress by Age Group (NPR)
PARENTING AROUND THE WORLD: Dutch parents believe strongly in not pushing their children too hard. “People would talk about a cousin who got a PhD and was very unhappy because there were no jobs at universities, and said that you shouldn’t teach your child to read before they got to school, because then your child would be bored at school and not have any friends.”
MODERN MAN: Because men take longer to finish college and marry later than women, they are more likely to stick around their parents’ house. In 2012, 40% of millennial men (ages 18-31) lived at home. American men earn about 19% more than women.
Adults Age 25-34 Living At Home 1983-2013 (Alyson Hurt/NPR)
COLLEGE GRAD GENTRIFICATION: The more college grads, the more expensive the city, the more gentrification – less crime, better school, better restaurants, bars, museums, and art galleries. College graduates also live in the nicest cities in the country. They’re getting more benefits, even net of fact that they’re paying higher housing costs.
In 1980, a college graduate earned about 38% more than a worker with only a high-school diploma. By 2000, 57%. By 2011, 73%.
Nationwide education gentrification is at the scale of entire cities. Picture low-skilled workers increasingly excluded from Washington and San Francisco and segregated into cities like Toledo or Baton Rouge.
In the past, higher-wage cities attracted more workers, driving up the supply of labor and driving down the high wages that drew them to those cities in the first place, counteracting some of the inequality we see today.
A higher share of college graduates also yielded higher wages for workers without college degrees, likely because employers have to pay them more to keep them in higher-cost cities.
MILLENNIAL SAVE MORE: Millennials are more likely to have at least five months of living expenses saved. They tend to have lower expenses. They don’t have to put away as much because they are likely living at home with their parents or have roommates.
30 and 49 are more likely than any other age group to not have an emergency fund because those are the years they have a house, two or three kids and a dog. But they need the emergency savings more than anybody.”
Politics by Age (NYTIMES)
POLITICS BY BIRTH YEAR: Events at age 18 are about three times as powerful as those at age 40, according to the model.
Silent Generation (1941): By the time Eisenhower left office in 1961, people born in the early 1940s had accumulated pro-Republican sentiment that would last their entire lifetimes.
Baby Boomers (1952): Childhoods and formative years under Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon left them relatively pro-Democratic.