30    Aug 20162 comments

Life Before the Internet

What was life like before the internet?

I think that people had more free time before the internet. Days were longer, more time was spent with family. Well, perhaps that's an exaggeration. Days were never actually more than 24 hours, and people didn't really have an abundance of free time. It just felt that way since our attention wasn't so divided.

For many of us today, we'll be the last generation that can answer that question firsthand. The internet has added value to our lives and changed the world in so many ways. Many aspects of daily life have drastically changed since the internet was developed.

Take the field of genealogy as an example. In the past, you'd have to travel across the world to research your roots. People would write letters, they'd sit in libraries, museums, archives, and spend hours poring over microfilms. Continue reading "Life Before the Internet" »

4    Oct 20121 comment

Family: Sharing family meals?

Is it best for families to eat together? We've always read that it's best for parents and children to share at least the evening meal together and discuss the day's happenings.

However, today that sometimes seems difficult with everyone's busy schedules. Do you think that such social meals make a difference for children’s achievements and behavior?

Researchers at Boston University’s College of Arts & Science have discovered that the benefits may not be as strong as we once thought. A new study co-authored by Boston University School of Social Work Assistant Professor Daniel P. Miller reveals:

Despite popular wisdom and findings from much previous research that suggests the beneficial impact of family mealtime, a rigorous analysis of 21,400 children, ages five to 15, brings a new argument to the table: When researchers controlled for a host of confounding factors, they didn’t find any relationship between family meals and child academic outcomes or behavior.

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18    Oct 20112 comments

Genealogy: (Accidentally) Digging up the Dirt

Researching your family history most certainly has its ups and downs.

Most of us, however, receive a net benefit from the research, such as the feeling of familial inheritance, the joy of family stories or  just the thrill of the chase.

Look hard enough, though, and you're likely to find something lurking in the closet. Perhaps a skeleton, if you will. Of course, there are many ways to deal with these issues and, for many, the revelations will be so old that you can detach yourself completely from the embarrassment.

Others, however, are left in a situation where their new hobby has suddenly unearthed life-changing facts about their heritage.  Covering up these discoveries involves heartache and obvious holes in family research. Adopting an honest policy is desirable, but those life-changing facts can be too hard to bear even in modern society. Continue reading "Genealogy: (Accidentally) Digging up the Dirt" »

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