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How's That New Year's Resolution Going?

Countless people around the world recently madw their New Year's resolutions for 2019.  I sometimes tell people that I hope any troubles they encounter in life last only as long as their New Year's resolutions.


Exact Figures vary but it's generally accepted that the vast majority of resolutions are broken even before January has even finished.


As part of a New Year's resolution project in 2007, researchers tracked over 3000 people who made a range of resolutions, such as losing weight, visiting the gym, stopping smoking, and drinking less alcohol. Although 52% of participants stated that they were confident of success at the start of the study, twelve months later, only 12% achieved their goal.


How about this goal for students: reducing how often they engage in "phubbing" - ignoring someone they're currently talking to in order to take a cell phone call.  If you were to make a resolution to curb this behavior, how do you stick to it?


You might want students watch a short TED talk on our antisocial phone tricks. This very popular talk was first broadcast nearly 10 years ago. Do students believe that the issues raised in the video, e.g. the rise of a culture of availability, expectation of availability and obligation to that availability are more or less prevalent today.




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