According to a Netmums survey, 13 is the most difficult age. But it’s not only parents who find it hard going – it’s tough for the teenagers too. Here’s how to make it through to being 14, by Miranda Smith, aged 14 and four months.
1. Don’t put up pictures of yourself on Facebook with a bottle of WKD beside you and a comment like: “Got SO drunk last night.” No one thinks it’s cool – and WKD is only 4% proof.
2. You’re going to feel a whole lot more grumpy when you’re 13 than you did at 12. But the thing is it’s not just you – every other 13-year-old feels exactly the same. Knowing that helps a bit.
3. It’s tempting, but try not to be on your phone 24/7. It really bugs your parents but, worse, it’s boring for your friends.
4. Thirteen is the age when you’re likely to start getting attention from the opposite sex. Don’t get carried away by this – there’s nothing more moist than a lovesick 13-year-old.
5. Don’t send pictures of yourself in your underwear to ANYONE – because they’ll end up being spread around, and you’ll regret it.
6. Your friends will annoy you, make you angry and get on your nerves. But don’t insult them on Twitter – 13-year-olds do that all the time. Twitter is a public forum, and if you start tweeting about your issues anyone can get involved even if it’s none of their business.
7. A few months ago, you hardly thought about your body at all. Now it’s the only thing on your mind. Of course your body matters: but the thing to think is that no one else notices it as much as you do. So try to chill about it.
8. At precisely the moment when you decide there’s no better way to spend a Saturday than staying in bed til late afternoon, your parents will become obsessed with you doing the chores for them. Rule of thumb: you can only say, “I’ll do it later,” five times. After that, just do it.
9. Thirteen-year-olds have massive fights with their friends, all the time. A year on, you won’t even remember what those fights were about – but you will remember how unhappy they made you feel.
10. Plan a really good party for when you reach 14. When the parents say they want to be around you’ll think, “OMG no,” … but it’s probably going to be best to let them stay. Agree on the conditions, and stick to your side of the bargain provided they stick to theirs.
Siri is not a woman who lives inside your phone but a computer programme organising your life.
Siri is now in need of some new writers to put together jokes, witty banter, and other various bits of human-sounding things for Siri to say. Apple posted the job on LinkedIn, so get your résumé together. They clearly need some sort of a new writer, because if they really think “Siri’s known for ‘her’ wit, cultural knowledge, and zeal to explain things in engaging, funny, and practical ways,” then they’re more out of touch than anyone guessed …
Just a month after Pope Benedict XVI launched his official Twitter account, other representatives of the Catholic faith are giving new meaning to the term, “religious text.”
The Holy Name Province, self-described as the largest group of friars in the USA, announced that they are now accepting prayer intentions via text.
Called “Text a Prayer Intention to a Franciscan Friar,” the program encourages participants to text the word “PRAYER” to 306-44, according to a release. Senders will then receive a welcome message inviting them to submit their prayer intentions. After they are sent in, participants will receive another text confirming that their prayer has been received and will be prayed for.
Father David Convertino, executive director of development for the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province, said in a statement:
“With technology changing the way we communicate, we needed to offer people an updated way to ask for prayers for special intentions and needs either for themselves or others”
I see this as a great use of technology, an organisation which has existed for years, which many would see as irrelevant offering a connection in a thoroughly credible manner. Do you think text messaging is a good way for religious bodies to connect with their followers? Discuss in the comments below.
Today the Google doodle is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the London Underground.
The Metropolitan Railway, as it’s known, opened on this day in 1863. The first journey took place between Paddington and Farringdon. At the time there were seven stations. Since then, 263 more stations have been added. Some 1.17 billion passenger rides took place across the system last year.
A recent study found that 75% of homeless young people use social networks to stay connected to others – a number comparable to that of university and college students.
The study, led by the University of Alabama’s Rosanna Guadagno, surveyed 237 college and 65 homeless young people that were an average of 19 years old. A vast majority of both groups reported using social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook for at least one hour each day.
Over 90 percent of college students reported using social media programs for at least one hour every day.
“To the extent that our findings show a ‘digital divide’ between undergraduates at a four-year university and age-matched participants in a program for homeless young adults, it is mainly in types of Internet use and not access to the Internet, and that divide is relatively minor. Since it is clear that the proportions of undergraduates and homeless young adults accessing social networking sites are similar, we assert that the term digital divide is not descriptive of the young adult population.”
Another recent study from the University of Dayton found that homeless youth are closely linked to social media in their daily lives. They don’t only use such networks for social contact and equality, but as a means to solve practical daily issues.
Art Jipson, the head of the Dayton study, found that the homeless use social media as a place where all people are treated “equally,” and through a series of interviews, discovered that it can also be a medium to find social services, somewhere to sleep and their next hot meal.
I’d be interested to know if any similar research has occurred in the UK with the ever increasing group of sofa surfer teenagers.
I always find it interesting to see what different websites people recommends, here’s TIME’s 50 Best Websites for 2012 their annual salute to sites and services that keep you entertained and informed, save you time and money — and maybe even change your life:
Just a guess: You’re probably already aware that Google, Amazon and Twitter are worth checking out. So as usual, most of the sites on our 50 Best Websites list aren’t yet household names. They’re ones that we TIME editors find to be useful, entertaining, innovative or just plain addictive — and in some cases, all of the above. Read on and we’ll tell you about our favorites in 10 categories.
I wasn’t over impressed, but have a look, and let me know what you think?
News and Information
Family and Kids
What are some of your favourite websites of 2012?
I found Ivory Madison’s article on Why Your Social Media Metrics Are a Waste of Time to be an interesting read. Here’s a little snippet:
If you think pageviews, unique visitors, registered members, conversion rates, email-newsletter open rates, number of Twitter followers, or Facebook likes are important by themselves, you probably have no idea what you’re doing. Those metrics are the most common false idols of analytics. They’re what Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup, calls “vanity metrics.”
Vanity metrics look good but fail the “So what?” test. Before you tell your CEO you have a million Twitter followers, ask yourself, “So what?” A better metric is how many products you sell as a result of tweeting a link to your purchase path.
Here are four of the most important metrics you can follow — notice how little they have to do with popular social-media metrics:
- Relevant revenue. Note the word “relevant,” which refers to recurring sales in your core business. Don’t count revenue from one-time or stagnant sources.
- Sales volume. This can be a number like units sold or active subscriptions, something that shows whether or not enough people want to buy what you’re selling.
- Customer retention. Metrics like “new customers” can hide the fact that although you may attract 1,000 new users a month, you’re losing 900, which means you’re not going to scale.
- Relevant growth. Too often, companies compound the stupidity of their choice of metrics by creating a metric tracking the growth of vanity metrics. You should be looking for a traceable pattern in which the actions of your existing customers create new customers. That’s what Ries calls an “engine of growth.”