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2020 has been a wild ride so far and it’ll probably continue that way for a while. Between the rise of online dating in recent years and the onslaught of problems in 2020, dating life has changed too.
We were already far more inclined to look for love online and social distancing made that even more prevalent. In fact, Tinder has reported a 39% increase in conversations due to lockdown!
Today we’re going to take a closer look at what dating looks like in 2020 and how you can make it work for you.
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Dating in 2020: What You Need to Know
While the dating style of 2010 might be near impossible right now, we still have so many options available to us. For some, that might mean adapting to this new environment.
For those like myself who’ve been comfortable with dating apps for a long time now, the change is less severe.
Either way, let’s take a look at the options you do still have for dating in 2020
Find the right dating app for you
It should come as no surprise that this is #1 on the list. In a world where social distancing is still the norm, ‘meeting’ people online is your best option.
There are countless dating apps and websites out there for you to choose from. The best thing to do is take some time to find the one that suits you best.
Whether you’re looking for a serious relationship, a casual fling or to explore your sexuality, there’s an app for you. Now is the time to figure out which one it is.
It’s hard to find good information on what apps and sites are working best but the guys over at Beyond Ages have done a pretty good job of it. If you click on the link you’ll see that they have a bunch of different reviews worth checking out like that one here if you’re looking for apps to meet cougars.
Remain open to meeting people the “old-fashioned way”
Just because we’re still social distancing doesn’t mean you should shut down in-person opportunities.
Within the realm of COVID restrictions, you can still meet people in the wild. Maybe you’re out for a walk or standing in line at the grocery store.
Exactly where is irrelevant, if you’re interested in someone and have an opportunity to talk to them, do it. At this point, meeting people out and about is almost a novelty as we adapt to online dating.
Of course, be smart about your choices and keep a distance everyone is comfortable with. Just don’t feel as though it’s impossible to meet someone while you’re out.
For online dating, don’t be lazy with your openers
Online dating is a fast-paced affair which means we tend to have less tolerance for laziness. With 48% of 18- to 29-year-olds saying they have used a dating site or app, it’s a numbers game. Starting a conversation with “Hi” won’t get a great response rate.
This is especially true for men since we’re typically the ones to start these conversations. Ladies, don’t think you’re safe from this one either though.
This notion goes both ways and for exactly the same reason. With Bumble, the app is designed so that women have to start the conversation. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve had “Hi” or “Hey” as their lazy way to begin.
Not a single one of those got a reply. It’s boring, I have other options that actually want to talk and if you aren’t putting in the effort, neither am I.
It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’re looking for, laziness will hurt your chances. Get creative and have some fun with it!
Be open about your intentions
One huge cultural change that apps like Tinder have brought about is that hookups are no longer taboo. It’s okay to just be looking for a hookup every now and then and so you should be open about it.
Not everyone is into hookups and naturally, there’s nothing wrong with that. The point is, no matter what you’re searching for right now, be completely open about it.
If you’re looking for a hookup and say so in your bio, you’ll turn away those seeking a relationship. Likewise, if you’re searching for something serious, you’ll turn away people looking for a hookup.
Sound like a bad thing? Think again. What you’re actually doing is saving yourself and these people time. Do you really want to spend hours (days?) talking to someone only to find you’re looking for different things?
I can tell you from experience, both men and women will be more open and receptive if you’re just honest about your intentions. It’s a refreshing change and things are so much easier when you’re both on the same page.
Be cautious with how you use your social media
Last but not least, think about what you’re posting on your social media and who you’re with. If you’ve just gone through a breakup, social media can make your breakup situation so much worse.
It has a tendency to bring up old, now-painful memories over and over. If you’re seeing someone new and bombarding your Instagram and Snapchat with those photos and stories, it can be confronting.
Around 70% of people aged 18-29 use social media to check up on someone they used to date. Basically what this means is that on several occasions, someone you’ve dated or been in a relationship with has stalked your social media.
The image you put forward there can change how they view you and how they feel about the situation.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t post anymore or advising you to leave photos with other women out, just be mindful. It can have an effect on others and maybe even ruin future opportunities for you.
Dating is hardly the most difficult thing we have to deal with in 2020. With these tips in mind, go ahead and find the right app that works for you and put yourself out there.
It can be a great distraction from everything that’s happening around us and you never know. You just might find “the one” when you least expect it.
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What Is Bullying?
Bullying is a pattern of recurrent aggressive behavior in which one person (or a group of individuals) in a position of authority intentionally intimidate or abuse another individual to cause bodily or emotional harm to that other. Bullying may take place in either a physical or verbal manner. Bullied individuals, as well as those who bully others, may have long-term repercussions.
Bullying may occur anywhere, at any time, in person or online (cyberbullying), and can take many forms, including verbal, physical, and social. Bullies utilize their position of power — such as physical strength, knowledge of something embarrassing, or popularity — to exert control over or damage other people. Many people assume that bullying occurs solely during childhood; nevertheless, bullying does not necessarily stop after a person reaches the age of adulthood.
Bullies in adulthood can take the form of a threatening boss or colleague, a controlling partner, a relative, or any other type of person. Even in our personal and professional lives, we sometimes encounter adult bullies who can be harmful to our mental well-being.
Bullied individuals, as well as those who bully others, may have long-term repercussions. | Photo by Unsplash
How To Deal With An Adult Bully?
For obvious reasons, adult bullying can be a painful and challenging experience for anybody who finds themselves on the receiving end of such behavior. Knowing how to deal with the antics of a bully properly, on the other hand, may help you learn, develop, and feel better levels of confidence. When you find yourself in this scenario, one of the most crucial things to remember is that you must not exhibit the bully any signs of fear. This might be difficult, depending on the sort of bully you are dealing with, but bullies enjoy fear, encouraging them to continue with their terrible conduct.
Maintaining a sense of connection with other people while dealing with bullying is quite essential. Bullies usually see alone persons as easier targets since they have a smaller support network to challenge them.
Courage and a support network are significant advantages; but, reporting the bully is also an excellent line of action. Contrary to common opinion, just ignoring a bully does not always prompt them to cease their behavior. Adult bullies of all kinds often interpret being ignored as a sign of weakness, encouraging them to continue bullying. If someone is bullying you, don't be scared to speak out and report the individual.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent ~Eleanor Roosevelt
Keywords: mental health, bullying, bully, bullied, courage, abuse, harass, support, cyberbully
Silver and gold have always been preferred when it comes to wearing jewellery. Right from the times of monarchy in India, wealth and riches have been associated with wearing gold and silver for the various properties they have. Copper is a metal that has always been worn by the poor. It is not a metal that carries a significant association with health or wealth, but wearing at least one article of copper is extremely beneficial for health.
Copper is a reddish-brown metal that cannot be worn on its own. It has to be worn in the form of an alloy to prevent a reaction. Copper oxidizes in air and forms a green layer on it when exposed, much like the Statue of Liberty. Usually, bangles, chains, or rings of copper always have brass and traces of silver in them which helps with stabilizing its reactivity.
Wearing copper with stones in it looks very aesthetic, but copper is not durable enough to hold the stones, which is why it is fashioned into elaborate designs and sold. Copper is very malleable, and over time, the bangle or ring will take the shape of the wearer's hand or finger.
A copper ring Image source: Wikimedia commons
Jewellery made out of copper can be an excellent health indicator. Copper helps metabolize bodily functions faster, and the wearer experiences relief from indigestion. It also soothes joint pain, headaches, and arthritis. Using copper utensils also aids those with deficiencies. Since copper is absorbed slowly into the body, there is no fear of causing any kind of imbalance.
Sometimes copper leaves a greenish tinge on the skin. This happens when it oxidizes with sweat. This stain can be washed away with soap and water, but the fact that it appears is noteworthy. It is an indicator of too much acidity in the body. Greenish skin appears when the wearer's diet includes too much meat or acidic foods.
Copper might not be a very attractive metal, but wearing it has a lot of benefits for the health. It regulates metabolism, assimilation, and indicates health. It is definitely a good idea to wear copper jewellery at least once in a while.
Keywords: Copper jewellery, Copper is a health indicator, Metabolism, Oxidation, Benefits of copper
By Md Waquar Haider
When popular smartphone brands like Xiaomi and realme entered the laptop market in India last year, they were expected to shake the existing giants, specifically under the Rs 50,000 category. However, chip shortage and supply crunch have somewhat dented their plans to make a significant mark to date. According to industry experts, the issue with smartphone makers entering the laptop category is two-fold. The first one is a massive supply crunch in the laptop component market and only big brands are able to get volume and supplies.
The other factor is that the traditional players are very strong in the consumer laptop market. Top 3 players control more than 70 per cent of the market and strong portfolio, distribution, and channel reach as well as brand marketing has helped them massively. "New brands can surely make a dent in the consumer laptop market but are challenged by supply issues right now. Watch out for them in 2022 as and when supply situation eases up," Navkendar Singh, Research Director, Client Devices & IPDS, IDC India told IANS.
Dominated by HP Inc, Lenovo and Dell, the traditional PC market (inclusive of desktops, notebooks, and workstations) in India continued to be robust as the shipments grew by 50.5 per cent year-over-year (YoY) in the second quarter (Q2), according to IDC. Notebook PCs continue to hold more than three-fourth share in the overall category and grew 49.9 per cent YoY in 2Q21, reporting a fourth consecutive quarter with over 2 million units. Desktops also indicated a recovery as shipments grew 52.3 per cent YoY after recording the lowest shipments of the decade in 2Q20.
According to Prabhu Ram, Head, Industry Intelligence Group, CMR, driven by the pandemic and the associated accelerated pivot to remote work, learn and unwind culture, PCs have been witnessing heightened demand. "Despite the current supply chain constraints, PCs are here to stay in the new never normal. In the run-up to the festive season, established PC market leaders will continue to leverage their brand salience and gain market share," Ram told IANS.
According to industry experts, the issue with smartphone makers entering the laptop category is two-fold. | Photo by Manuel on Unsplash
"On the other hand, there is a niche market for those new market entrants that are able to differentiate themselves from the competition in terms of features and value. "Alongside, they would need to back it with strong brand messaging to create awareness and recall amongst the target consumers," Ram added.
HP maintained its lead in the India PC market with a 33.6 per cent share as its shipments grew 54.2 per cent annually. Dell Technologies continued to hold the second position with a 22.1 per cent share and an impressive 86.1 per cent YoY growth in 2Q21. Lenovo maintained the third position with a share of 17.8 per cent in 2Q21.
Arvind Suraj, Research Fellow, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), said that there is always a trust issue with new brands. "You won't buy a laptop in 6 or 7 months just like smartphones. In this case, we often go for existing players. Brands like Lenovo, HP, ASUS and Acer have already gained our trust," he said. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Chip, shortage, laptop, market, India, Xiaomi, hp, dell, brands