Thursday, November 21, 2013
"The Knockout Game" is a phenomenon where teens assault strangers by trying to knock them out with one punch. Is this really something we need to worry about?
Friday, December 07, 2012
The New York Times isn't just a source for news; its also the authority on the latest cultural trends—at least, so says Slate contributor and chronically un-hip Brooklynite Justin Peters. He recently used the Times' Style section as a blueprint for living the trendiest life possible. Brooke asks Justin about the results of this "scientific" experiment.
Friday, July 20, 2012
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Young people aren't lining up to drive like they used to. Year over year, fewer 16 to 24 year-olds are getting driver's licenses according to a new study released today by Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle of the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute.
Take 16 year-olds: In 2008, 31 percent of them got driver's licenses. In 2010 it fell to 28 percent. That's part of a steady trend the researchers track back to 1983. That's when Return of the Jedi, Scarface and The Outsiders were in theaters, and 46 percent of 16 year-olds were licensed to drive. Now, with Netflix and iTunes, they don't need wheels to get to the movies.
"I drive less because I have become a couch potato. The Internet takes me anywhere I want to go. And services like Netflix provide entertainment at the touch of a button. It’s also a lot more affordable."
The U. Mich study found that the driver's license drop was a bit sharper for older teens: the percentage fell five percent for 18 year-olds from 2008 to 2010. Using Census and Federal Highway Administration data, the researchers identified a general decline in the percentage of people who sign up for a driver's license across almost all age groups, but it was especially pronounced for younger would-be drivers.
Study author Michael Sivak explained to Transportation Nation what he thinks is driving the trend:
"We think that there are three main reasons for the reduced percentage of young persons with a driver's license:
- Electronic communication reduces the need for actual contact (and some young people feel that driving interferes with texting)
- Current economic downturn is making it more difficult for young persons to buy and maintain a vehicle
- Young people are moving in increasing numbers to large cities with reasonable public transportation (e.g., New York and San Francisco)"
Monday, December 13, 2010
Over the past year, one good way to understand what people in the world are talking about has been to follow the trending topics on Twitter, usually preceded by a hashtag (#). From movies, to revolutions and natural disasters — love it or hate it — Twitter helped the world understand its own conversations in 2010. We take a look at some of the trending topics of the year.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Fall has always been the best time of year for fashion in New York City. The weather is finally cooling after endless humidity. Thick glossies are piled high on newsstands. And we, denizens of the city's five boroughs, will once again partake in storied activities like strolling through Central Park, popping in and out of galleries, window shopping in SoHo, and lingering over brunch. But only after donning our fall best.