Stick-on tattoo can aid
in keeping a child safe
Who hasn’t seen a lost child, with tear-stained cheeks, wandering at an amusement park or airport?
Parents might feel less anxious with a product called Safetytat (www.safetytat.com), a temporary, stick-on tattoo on which you can write a phone number. They come six to a pack, with a marker (about $10). Or they are sold customized, with warnings about allergies or other information (about $20 for 24).
The package suggests that caregivers write a cellphone number on the tattoo and don’t include the child’s name. The tattoos are waterproof.
— Mary MacVean
Los Angeles Times
Hints from Heloise:
Recycling board at office a big hit with employees
K.M. in Georgia writes: I work in a very small office. We keep a dry-erase board up on the wall. On the board, we post a description of the items we have that we no longer want or items we are looking for.
It is amazing how many times one of us has an item someone else wants, or is giving away something that another person needs. It’s our own recycling program!
— King Features
Study says social media
reflects our narcissism
For those Americans unnerved by the popularity of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, a new study from the University of Michigan will come as little surprise.
The gist of the study: Narcissists “like” Facebook and Twitter. A lot. And social media in general “reflect and amplify” our culture’s deepening narcissism.
The study, by University of Michigan researchers Elliot Panek, Yioryos Nardis and Sara Konrath, was published online in the journal Computers in Human Behavior.
The study found that narcissistic college students prefer Twitter, using it as “a megaphone” for their lives. Older adults, meanwhile, use Facebook more as a mirror, the researchers said. They curate their image, using frequent status updates and then gauging how people react to their updates, photos, etc.
“Twitter is simple and pared down and it’s about getting the message out to the world at large, so college students used this more,” Panek said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “Adults who have an established social circle use Facebook as a way of gaining the approval of others. They can also create their image and check how others respond to that image.”
The researchers were unable to determine whether narcissism leads to increased use of social media, whether social media use promotes narcissism, or whether some other factors explain the relationship, according to a news release from the university.
— Jenniffer Weigel