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Children As Young As 8 Years Old Are Battling With Poor Body Image

Startling new research has found that Aussie kids as young as eight are suffering from poor body image, and the consequences could be catastrophic. Children as young as eight are suffering from body image issues that could have serious and long-term health consequences, startling new research has found. A study released by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute has discovered a link [...]

By |2019-02-15T10:53:47+10:00February 15th, 2019|Categories: Body Image, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Want to be happier? Try getting to know yourself

The unexamined life is not worth living, said the Greek philosopher Socrates. He was reflecting on the expression “Know Thyself” – an aphorism inscribed on the temple of Apollo at Delphi and one of the ultimate achievements in ancient Greece. While we walk around the world more or less successful in our endeavours, many of [...]

By |2019-01-22T09:45:48+10:00January 21st, 2019|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Porn making teen boys ‘impotent’

Teenage boys as young as 16 are experiencing symptoms of erectile dysfunction due to excessively viewing violent and hardcore pornography, an expert has revealed. And the ready access to porn on every device at any time of the day is teaching dangerous lessons about what healthy sexual relationships should be like. Psychologist and writer Collett [...]

By |2019-01-14T20:42:33+10:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Society & Culture, Technology, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Memes are Taking the Alt-Right’s Message of Hate Mainstream

Think of an internet meme and you’ll probably smile. The most memorable viral images are usually funny, from Distracted Boyfriend to classics like Grumpy Cat. But some memes have a much more sinister meaning. They might look as innocuous as a frog, but are in fact symbols of hate. And as memes have become more [...]

By |2019-01-14T19:13:01+10:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Society & Culture, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Tech Giants Need to Take more Responsibility for the Advertising that Makes Them Billions

Last week I was followed around the Internet by a pair of shoes. I had looked at them online as a gift for my father-in-law, but he didn’t like them, and neither did I. Yet no matter what site I visited, there they were, staring at me in their full moccasin glory. Digital advertising can [...]

By |2019-01-14T19:13:32+10:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Society & Culture, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Could smartphones be making us more stupid?

Smartphones. Facebook. Reality TV. It’s easy to look at our changing world and come to the following conclusion: we’re all getting stupid. That’s not the case. In fact, over the last century, the average Australian IQ has dramatically increased. Compared to Australians who lived 100 years ago, we’re a nation of geniuses. But now, some [...]

By |2019-01-14T20:06:37+10:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Society & Culture, Technology|Tags: |0 Comments

Jameela Jamil on why Airbrushing Should Be Illegal

The actress Jameela Jamil, best known for her role in US TV series The Good Place, says airbrushing is a crime against women and should be illegal. She's one of this year's BBC 100 Women and has also started @i_weigh - a social media initiative designed for people to share what makes them unique and [...]

Sexting Law Changes to Protect Consenting Teens from Criminal Convictions

Sexting among teens could be considered legal in some cases under new laws aimed to reduce the risk of consenting children being convicted of possessing child pornography. The changes will reduce the risk that children engaging in "normal sexual development and experimentation among teenagers" becoming criminalised, the Government said. The laws also provide a "similar [...]

By |2018-12-03T14:49:36+10:00December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Society & Culture, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Understanding the NDIS: A History of Disability Welfare from ‘Deserving Poor’ to Consumers in Control

On July 1, 2016, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) moved from a trial phase to a full national roll-out. In this series on Understanding the NDIS, we explore how the scheme works, why Australia needs it, and the issues to be addressed before eligible Australians, such as many Indigenous people with disability, can receive [...]

‘Warped Views on Reality’: Private Schools are Banning Mobile Phones

Newington College has joined a growing number of schools banning mobile phones, saying they lead to lower concentration, higher stress and "warped views on reality". The inner west school told students to keep phones in their lockers from the beginning of term four after an attempt to encourage boys to use them responsibly failed. But [...]