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Top 25 "Humans of…" Facebook Pages You Should Follow

Top 25 “Humans of…” Facebook Pages You Should Follow

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I can still recall when the Facebook based photo blog ‘Humans of New York (HONY)’ go viral around the world right after the book published under the same name by founder of the blog Brandon Stanton in 2013 October. New York Street photographer and blogger Brandon Stanton was keen to take portraits of people on streets of world’s most popular city of New York, his aim was to share the stories of people living in this business city with the people across the world.

His passion and determination later took him to visit several other countries around the world including my very own homeland Pakistan back in August 2015. From Pakistan he shared heart touching stories of people of Pakistan. And, by placing the developing South Asian nation into the global frame of positivity, during his trip his photos helped raise more than $2.3 million to free bonded brick workers.

In just few days of posting picture of Bonded Labor Liberation Front group’s founder Syeda Ghulam Fatima, tens of thousands of people have donated money to the Bonded Labor Liberation Front, a small organization in Lahore that works to end bonded labor in Pakistan.

Today I’ve also decided to start another photo and video blog “Humans of Indo-Pak”, inspired by the ‘Humans of New York (HONY)’. During these tense times of unrest between world’s two nuclear powers India and Pakistan, after ‘Uri Attack’ in which several Indian soldiers including four terrorists killed. Historic rivalry between India and Pakistan is just sparked one more time after this terrorist attack.

Beside that I’ve also researched a bit today for my blog readers and sharing a list of 25 must Like and Follow Facebook “Humans of ” Pages’ on the same pattern of HONY. Most of these pages have already fan following in thousands and all of these pages are sharing some great and amazing stories of real people from every corner of this planet world.

Here in my post today I am sharing some of very interesting top 25 “Humans of” Facebook pages with all of you. And before going to follow pages, I really recommend you to watch struggle of Brandon Stanton before becoming a global celebrity.

 

Teenage and Adult brains in the Digital World

Teenage and Adult brains in the Digital World

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Do teenage or adults have more efficient brains when it comes to technology?

When it comes to technology, adults won’t be able to keep up with their children. It took the radio 38 years to reach 50 million people, but it took 20 for the phone and 13 for the television. In contrast, it took Facebook 3.6 years and Twitter didn’t even need that much time — in fact, it took Google Plus 88 days.

Over the last 15 years, digital communication has ushered in more changes than the printing press did in 1570. And the standout early adopters in this world are teenagers, whose brains appear to have an extraordinary capacity to adapt to the world around them, according to Dr Jay Giedd, an adolescent brain expert.

We are now discovering that, as a species, our brains during the teenage years are still flexible and capable of adapting. Having a more flexible brain means that certain parts of it, such as impulse control and the ability to make long-term decisions haven’t developed yet — which may also explain why, unlike some of our ancestors, we spend an extended period living under the protection of our parents rather than leaving home at the age of 12 or 13. This also means that the adolescent brain can adapt to new technology, allowing teenagers to keep up with the accelerating pace of digital technology and giving them a multitasking advantage.

In the US, teenagers are spending 8.5 hours using computers, mobiles and other devices to learn, interact and play. This jumps to 11.5 if you take into account all of the multi-tasking that goes on, such as talking on the phone while you’re watching TV. Australian teenagers were found to be spending an average of 7 hours, 38 minutes using these devices in 2009.

As they stare at these screens, they’re taking in and sifting through an incredible amount of information; in the past, they would have been working out how to do math’s or thinking about English literature. “The skills that the brain needs to be good at are shifting,” says Geidd. “The skill has become how to deal with large amounts of information. More and more of our time are spent with 1s and 0s.”teenage-and-adult-brains-in-the-digital-world

Socializing in a digital world

There are concerns as to how social media is affecting the way in which the brain learns to socialize, as one of the most important skills that we learn as children is how to make friends and interact with people around you. Geidd says that from a biology standpoint, a lot of what goes on inside our brains is social. “A lot of the brain changes are sort of set up to develop these social skills.”

These interactions are now being changed by technology — you could have hundreds of friends, all of whom are real people that you interact with — and scientists aren’t sure whether we’ll be able to develop the same skills using Facebook.

Another concern comes from the online content that can be accessed, including violent video games, and how this will affect our responses to violence in real life. Surprisingly, Geid suggests that violence levels in the US are low at the moment, as are the rates of teenage pregnancy and sexual diseases — and this is not what the scientist were expecting. While he doesn’t condone the violent video games, Geid says they could be giving teenagers a safer way to work through the various hormonal impulses that they’re experiencing. It definitely needs more examination, anyway.

There is another possible advantage of the growing digital trend: YouTube indicates that teenagers all over the world are watching the same clips and laughing at the same jokes, indicating that they are more global minded than their predecessors. Sharing the same jokes could possibly go a long way to breaking down some of the prejudices out there.

“Almost everything that I read and hear about teens was mostly bad,” Geid says. “Even though there are some aspects of that, it’s mostly positive.”

They may be obsessed with texting their friends and posting updates on Facebook, but teenagers today are probably going to have access to technology and hence social and educational opportunities that anyone with a less flexible brain might have trouble imagining. However, there is a cut off and by the age of 30, our brains become more set in their ways, making it harder for us to adapt and cope with new technologies.

Do teenage or adults have more efficient brains when it comes to technology?

This post originally appeared in the September 13, 2012 edition of Science Illustrated.