Open Tabs 12/15/15

Americans See Religion and Science in Conflict—Cary Funk and Becka Alper at Pew Research Center


Are science and religion at odds with each other? A majority of the public says science and religion often conflict, with nearly six-in-ten adults (59%) expressing this view in newly released findings from a Pew Research Center survey. The share of the public saying science and religion are often in conflict is up modestly from 55% in 2009, when Pew Research conducted a similar survey on religion and science.

College students lack resilience—Julia Oller

Good piece in my alma mater’s news paper on how college kids (and Millennials in general) are wimps.

Our generation grew up under a strange tension of hovering parents who both coddled their children and demanded the highest levels of success from them, meaning we carry entitlement in one hand and fear in the other.

Given these factors, it’s unsurprising that the American Psychological Association reported a 28 percent increase in campus counseling center visits between 2000 and 2010. But the reason behind the increase demands further investigation.

The author of the Psychology Today article mentions an instance in which two college women received counseling after finding a mouse in their apartment. The experience might have caused anxiety, but it did not merit this extreme reaction.

Although higher education institutions have a responsibility to provide for their students’ general well being, millennials’ lack of grit in everyday circumstances is grinding away their ability to grow.

Your iPhone Is Ruining Your Posture — and Your Mood—Amy Cuddy


There are plenty of reasons to put our cellphones down now and then, not least the fact that incessantly checking them takes us out of the present moment and disrupts family dinners around the globe. But here’s one you might not have considered: Smartphones are ruining our posture. And bad posture doesn’t just mean a stiff neck. It can hurt us in insidious psychological ways.

If you’re in a public place, look around: How many people are hunching over a phone? Technology is transforming how we hold ourselves, contorting our bodies into what the New Zealand physiotherapist Steve August calls the iHunch. I’ve also heard people call it text neck, and in my work I sometimes refer to it as iPosture.

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