Saturday, 19th June 2021

This Month's Magazine
Did you know that..?

Did you know that..?

A pick of useless but interesting newspapers extracts and topics, some even curious.

Divorce boom forecast as lockdown  sees advice queries rise. The coronavirus pandemic is creating an “enormous strain” on relationships, an advice charity has warned,  with family lawyers predicting a “post-lockdown divorce boom”. Citizens Advice said views on its divorce webpage on the first weekend of September were up 25%  compared with the same date in 2019. BBC

Youth job aspirations mismatched. An OECD survey across 41 countries suggests 15-year-olds’ career aspirations lie mainly in traditional roles such as doctors,   teachers,business managers or lawyers. In other words, they have “unrealistic expectations” about what work will be available. Some of the fastest-growing   ccupations, such as user support technician, are rarely mentioned by young people. Also of note, a gender gap is apparent: More boys than girls expect to work in  science or engineering - with the average gap being more than 10 percentage points. The Economist.

Study finds majority of those with coronavirus are asymptomatic. Seven in 10 of those who tested positive for coronavirus had no symptoms, according to the first  nationally representative sample. The same study also found that only one in 15 people had antibodies, denting hopes that herd immunity would halt the epidemic  without the need for a vaccine or treatments. Weekly figures from the Office for National Statistics show that just under 8,000 people a day are becoming infected with coronavirus. The Daily Mail


The kind of job that can kill you. A combination of high stress and low autonomy can prove deadly on the job, according to research from Northern Illinois University and Indiana University. People who hold down such jobs face a higher risk of death in mid-life than employees in less stressful, more independent work environments.  While some jobs are simply stressful by definition, those workers can benefit immensely by being given someautonomy on the job. This can range from having control  over which tasks you do first to deciding where and when you work. Those small bits of freedom can go a very long way. Quartz

Why do we wave goodbye on Zoom? If you find yourself waving goodbye at the end of every video call, know you’re not alone. But if we don’t do it at the end of a  physical meeting, why do we do it on video calls? There could be several explanations: from the craving of personal touch and human connection, to the lack of subtle   social cues - such as shutting notebooks or checking watches - that tend to wrap up a traditional meeting. And of course, a friendly wave helps to soften those awkward  and abrupt endings. Editor

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