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Having few Children preferred more by Urban Population: Study

The findings showed that urban citizens are more likely to adopt a 'slow life strategy', contrary to the popular notion that crowded places are chaotic and socially problematic

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New York, Feb 20, 2017:  People living in big cities with a large density of population are more likely to prefer long-term romantic relationships, have fewer children and invest more in education, suggesting that they value quality over quantity, researchers say.

The findings showed that urban citizens are more likely to adopt a ‘slow life strategy’, contrary to the popular notion that crowded places are chaotic and socially problematic.

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“People who live in dense places seem to plan for the future more, prefer long-term romantic relationships, get married later in life, have fewer children and invest a lot in each child. They generally adopt an approach to life that values quality over quantity,” said lead author Oliver Sng, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan.

In environments where population density is low and there is thus relatively little competition for available resources, there are few costs but lots of advantages to adopting a ‘fast’ strategy.

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On the other hand, when the environment gets crowded, individuals have to compete vigorously with others for the available resources and territory, the researchers said.

“So a slow strategy — in which one focuses more on the future and invests in quality over quantity — tends to enhance the reproductive success of individuals in high-density environments,” added Steven Neuberg Professor at Arizona State University.

For the study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the team used data from nations around the world and the 50 US states.

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In a series of experiments — for example, in which people read about increasing crowdedness or heard sounds of a crowded environment — they found that perceptions of crowdedness cause people to delay gratification and prefer slower, more long-term, mating and parenting behaviours. (IANS)

 

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Microsoft India Partners with Rajasthan Government on Tech-Driven Education

Microsoft said it will also train educators from government colleges through the Microsoft Innovative Educator Program

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In a blog post on Friday, Microsoft President Brad Smith said a government initiative to regulate the proper use of facial recognition technology is the need of the hour.
In a blog post on Friday, Microsoft President Brad Smith said a government initiative to regulate the proper use of facial recognition technology is the need of the hour. Pixabay

Microsoft India on Monday said it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Rajasthan government to improve the integration of technology in teaching and skilling of students and educators in government colleges.

As part of this agreement with the Rajasthan government’s Department of College Education, Microsoft will train a total of 9,500 students and 500 faculty members from 50 colleges in the state in four months.

Students will be awarded certificates on successful completion of the course, Microsoft India said.

The agreement was signed here in the presence of Rajasthan Education Minister Kiran Maheshwari and Pratik Mehta, Director Sales — Education, Microsoft India.

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Logo of Microsoft outside it’s office, Pixabay

This initiative will enhance employability of youth in the state in addition to empowering them with technical education, Maheshwari said.

The training will be imparted to more students at a later stage, she added.

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Microsoft said it will also train educators from government colleges through the Microsoft Innovative Educator Program, building capacity for innovative use of information and communications technology (ICT) in the classroom.

Professional development content for educators such as the Microsoft Teaching with Technology, will also be made available through the Microsoft Educator Network, the company said, adding that it will provide free resources, tools and software through the Microsoft Educator Network, which will enable educators to garner learnings from global discussion groups and mentoring sessions. (IANS)