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Top 4 Technology Trends Americans Prefer

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Top 4 Technology Trends Americans Prefer

Technology impacts people every day. Throughout history, technology has continually changed the way people live their lives, are entertained, are able to work and are able to do many other things. The list of technological changes is long and varied. The one thing that is consistent when it comes to technology is that it will continue to change and that there will always be trends that are popular.

In the United States, technology is readily available to everyone. Because of that, it is worth paying attention to the top technology trends that are going on. That information can serve businesses and individuals. It can also help people understand what is going on around them and how technology is involved with much of what is changing culturally.

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It is a good idea for people to know what the trends are. For anyone that is looking to find out about this, here are four technology trends that Americans seem to prefer.

Going Mobile

The first computer was the size of a small office building. Today’s computer devices can be as small as a watch. Combined with the technology for batteries that allows these devices to work longer without being plugged in, people are able to take their computers and get mobile. They can enjoy their favorite shows, videos, music and much more anywhere they want. The younger generation no longer has to wait until Saturday night to watch the shows they like on the one television in the home. Instead, they can watch it alone or with others on whatever device they have available at the moment.

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Computers

Computers may not be considered a new technology trend, but the way that Americans are using them is a technology trend worth watching. The idea of live TV streaming and the ability to use a variety of computer devices has changed the way that people get their entertainment. It has given the control of what people want to watch, when they want to watch it, where they want to watch it and what they watch it on to the people. Computers and the use of videos have allowed people to get information and to enjoy video entertainment more than ever before. It has also given people access to content they would never have gotten in the past

Connecting

The statistics show that more people are acquiring smartphones every day. This technology has changed the way people view the world in many ways. The biggest advantage of smartphones is their ability to connect people easily and quickly. A person can use their smartphone to record images, to send messages to check out social media and much more. They can share all of the things on their smartphones with people around the world. This means that information can be spread around the world in a very short time. It has changed the way that people do things and the way that businesses work. The spread of information through the internet means that good and bad information will reach people rapidly and that there is not as much time to react to this information as there was in the past.

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Tablet use is growing

While smartphones are very popular, the use of tablet computers is growing rapidly. Tablets can give people the same computing power that they are used to with their laptop or desktop computer. It can give the user a device that is easier to take with them and that lasts longer between charges. It also allows people to use apps to find what they want, quickly and on the go The market for different apps and how they are used is growing. Companies are making a lot of money from gaming apps, live TV streaming apps, financial apps and much more. It is possible for the users of tablets to get what they want with the touch of the app on their screen.

From this list of trending technology in America, one thing should become clear. The technology that drives the train is computers and the internet. This technology will continue to change as more people learn about the power of cloud computing and as computer devices become even more powerful. More people are going to turn to online TV and streaming videos for information and entertainment and the makers of these devices will continue to find ways to make that happen. It could be through the current devices or through the apps that provide the streaming videos.

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It should not surprise anyone to know that technology is changing and that computers are behind many of the changes. If you have any thoughts or ideas, please take the time to share them with us.

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10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

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10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

We all fall into the trap of judging a person’s character by their appearance. How wrong we are! All too often, the real character of the person only appears when some negative event hits them or you. Then you may see a toxic person emerging from the ruins and it is often a shock.

A truly frightening example is revealed in the book by O’Toole in Bowman called Dangerous Instincts: How Gut Instincts Betray Us. A perfectly respectable, charming, well dressed neighbor was found to have installed a torture chamber in his garage where he was systematically abusing kidnapped women. This is an extreme example, but it does show how we can be totally deceived by a person’s physical appearance, manners and behavior.

So, what can you do? You want to be able to assess personal qualities when you come into contact with colleagues, fresh acquaintances and new friends who might even become lifelong partners. You want to know if they are:

  • honest
  • reliable
  • competent
  • kind and compassionate
  • capable of taking the blame
  • able to persevere
  • modest and humble
  • pacific and can control anger.

The secret is to reserve judgment and take your time. Observe them in certain situations; look at how they react. Listen to them talking, joking, laughing, explaining, complaining, blaming, praising, ranting, and preaching. Only then will you be able to judge their character. This is not foolproof, but if you follow the 10 ways below, you have a pretty good chance of not ending up in an abusive relationship.

1. Is anger a frequent occurrence?

All too often, angry reactions which may seem to be excessive are a sign that there are underlying issues. Do not think that every person who just snaps and throws his/her weight around mentally and physically is just reacting normally. Everyone has an occasional angry outburst when driving or when things go pear-shaped.

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But if this is almost a daily occurrence, then you need to discover why and maybe avoid that person. Too often, anger will escalate to violent and aggressive behavior. You do not want to be near someone who thinks violence can solve personal or global problems.

2. Can you witness acts of kindness?

How often do you see this person being kind and considerate? Do they give money to beggars, donate to charity, do voluntary work or in some simple way show that they are willing to share the planet with about 7 billion other people?

I was shocked when a guest of mine never showed any kindness to the weak and disadvantaged people in our town. She was ostensibly a religious person, but I began to doubt the sincerity of her beliefs.

“The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.”

Abigail Van Buren

3. How does this person take the blame?

Maybe you know that s/he is responsible for a screw-up in the office or even in not turning up on time for a date. Look at their reaction. If they start blaming other colleagues or the traffic, well, this is an indication that they are not willing to take responsibility for their mistakes.

4. Don’t use Facebook as an indicator.

You will be relieved to know that graphology (the study of that forgotten skill of handwriting) is no longer considered a reliable test of a person’s character. Neither is Facebook stalking, fortunately. A study showed that Facebook use of foul language, sexual innuendo and gossip were not reliable indicators of a candidate’s character or future performance in the workplace.

5. Read their emails.

Now a much better idea is to read the person’s emails. Studies show that the use of the following can indicate certain personality traits:

  • Too many exclamation points may reveal a sunny disposition
  • Frequent errors may indicate apathy
  • Use of smileys is the only way a person can smile at you
  • Use of the third person may reveal a certain formality
  • Too many question marks can show anger
  • Overuse of capital letters is regarded as shouting. They are a definite no-no in netiquette, yet a surprising number of  people still use them.

6. Watch out for the show offs.

Listen to people as they talk. How often do they mention their achievements, promotions, awards and successes? If this happens a lot, it is a sure indication that this person has an over-inflated view of his/her achievements. They are unlikely to be modest or show humility. What a pity!  Another person to avoid.

7. Look for evidence of perseverance.

A powerful indicator of grit and tenacity is when a person persists and never gives up when they really want to achieve a life goal. Look for evidence of them keeping going in spite of enormous difficulties.

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Great achievements by scientists and inventors all bear the hallmark of perseverance. We only have to think of Einstein, Edison (who failed thousands of times) and Nelson Mandela to get inspiration. The US Department of Education is in no doubt about how grit, tenacity and perseverance will be key success factors for youth in the 21st century.

8. Their empathy score is high.

Listen to how they talk about the less fortunate members of our society such as the poor, immigrants and the disabled. Do you notice that they talk in a compassionate way about these people? The fact that they even mention them is a strong indicator of empathy.

People with zero empathy will never talk about the disadvantaged. They will rarely ask you a question about a difficult time or relationship. They will usually steer the conversation back to themselves. These people have zero empathy and in extreme cases, they are psychopaths who never show any feelings towards their victims.

9. Learn how to be socially interactive.

We are social animals and this is what makes us so uniquely human. If a person is isolated or a loner, this may be a negative indicator of their character. You want to meet a person who knows about trust, honesty and loyalty. The only way to practice these great qualities is to actually interact socially. The great advantage is that you can share problems and celebrate success and joy together.

“One can acquire everything in solitude, except character.”

Stendhal

 10. Avoid toxic people.

These people are trying to control others and often are failing to come to terms with their own failures. Typical behavior and conversations may concern:

  • Envy or jealousy
  • Criticism of partners, colleagues and friends
  • Complaining about their own lack of success
  • Blaming others for their own bad luck or failure
  • Obsession with themselves and their problems

Listen to these people talk and you will quickly discover that you need to avoid them at all costs because their negativity will drag you down. In addition, as much as you would like to help them, you are not qualified to do so.

Now, having looked at some of the best ways to judge a person, what about yourself? How do others see you? Why not take Dr. Phil’s quiz and find out. Can you bear it?

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