Category Archives: Sociology

Bring up Matching‒How Dating Apps Are disappointing us

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It probably wouldn’t be too far-fetched to claim that most people seek, during the course of their lives, a soul mate, or at the very least, a significant other. And in their quest to find the perfect mate, some people opt to satisfy their desires by going after one-night stands. Nowadays, the most popular way to find potential partners is through the use of dating apps, but they come with noteworthy drawbacks. Not everyone on these social platforms may have the same intention; consequently, some may rely on different tactics to ensure their success. If your hope is to mainly attract as many partners as possible, you may be tempted to lie. The constant deception present on dating apps is often the primary source of users’ disappointment. However, if we take a deeper look at the problem, we could also assume that people lie because it is easy and flagrantly non-sanctioned.

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Bring up Choices – How an Economist Might See Them

From the moment we open our eyes in the morning to the moment we shut them at night, we have made many choices. Some choices are more important than others: to go to college or not, go on one knee or not, or ask for that promotion or not. Actually, Economists have pioneered a unique way to explain our choices and why we make them. The central idea is that we are all rational beings and our choices must pay off in some way. From this, it is possible to model certain situations called games. These games are not video games, nor board games, but share the same idea: players, actions and outcomes. Like in video games, a strategy is a sequence of actions where one strategy may lead to a very different outcome than another strategy. However, strategies may also depend on our belief of the other player’s actions. This then invokes the theory of probability, where many different factors influence an outcome.

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Bring Up State of Panic – What makes us completely lose it

Desperate times call for desperate measures seems the best-suited motto to describe the general state of panic experienced last spring by some of us. The 2020 pandemic appeared from, what seemed at the time, thin air. We were unequipped and unprepared to face what has been a worldwide affliction that has managed to paralyze our lives and our economy. Faced with uncertainty and doubts about the near future, we’ve adopted behaviour that sometimes could have been misconstrued as selfish. Selfishness had virtually nothing to do with it, though. We are wired to, in alert mode, respond first to our needs and then to the needs of others. The only obvious exception to this rule is our close family members, like our children, that seems to have priority over us when an emergency arises. That is why when boarding a plane the flight attendants will inform you to first care for yourself before your own kid if/when an emergency situation occurs. If I picked your curiosity and you want to know more about what’s at play, then you should definitely read this article.

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Bring Up Racism – When systemic discrimination hurts people

It’s really hard to notice our flaws when we’re standing on our very own self-erected pedestal. Whether it results from narcissism or traumatizing past experiences, we all develop biases. These biases are naturally formed and hold no other objective than to protect us. It is only when biases become beliefs that they really can cause damage to people’s lives. To avoid hurting people, we have to question our beliefs, but more importantly, uncover our biases. In the case of racism, the bias responsible has been ‘race’. Actually, the term race is a man-made construct only that unfortunately has led to the formation of a belief in the hierarchy of races. Racism was used for a very long time to justify the mistreatment of very large groups of people. That construct now needs to retire more than ever, as there is absolutely no scientific proof that supports it. Let’s instead be better individuals and this means learning to rule over our biases. To learn more about biases, racism and discrimination, read this article.

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