When you chew some delicious food, and you come across something unchewable (this is not a real word), would you simply spit it on the table? Of course not. But in large parts of the world, including China, spitting bones and other undesired food straight onto the table is quite the norm. Why is it that table manners are so different from culture to culture, and what does it have to do with class warfare and veganism?
By Sonja Nikcevic
(See what I did there? Hilarious. I know.)
Once upon a time, not too long ago, the contents of your purse, or pocket, could tell you a lot about your personality, and life situation. Sadly small coins, pieces of lint, and library card usually meant student, while a mix of pop-up books, diapers, lipstick and day planners meant Supermom. Now zip back into the technologically-charged present and you’ll see that not much has changed. The content of your pocket and bag can still tell the world who you are, but now, all that content has been neatly wrapped up into a smartphone shaped super-gadget/mirror into your soul.
You are supposed to meet your friend at 6 pm. It’s 6:05 and your friend is still not coming. You have been standing there for almost 10 minutes. 5 more minutes, he’s nowhere around and it looks like it’s going to rain. He should at least text saying he’s not going to make it on time, right? What are your first thoughts going to be like? Are you getting upset? Or are you rather worried about your friend? Maybe your friend is irresponsible or careless, and he does things like that all the time, he’s just that kind of person, you know. On the other hand, something might have happened to your friend, something that he was unable to influence whatsoever. For example, what if he got stuck in traffic and his battery died? So, is he an asshole or a victim? In that case, is the actual asshole you?
As Jasmijn de Baan explained this week, the work market is a dogfight. As such, you must be as prepared as possible, always finding ways to make yourself stand out from the competition. Today, being able to throw around a few clicks to get others engaged is as valuable as gold, and one must not fall behind on the trends. Social media may just be the push you need to look like a safe bet on a casino night. And though these tools are not as useful for some jobs as they are for others, knowing the basics can also be a way to improve how you manage your internet persona and, just maybe, turn out to be nice conversation ice breaker in an elevator or a party because, like it or not, we’re all Barbie girls in a digital world.
Given that I’m a nicer person than a new-born puppy, I organized a little guide to the social networks that are trending and that you should be mastering – or at least be aware of them. You’re welcome, future employed you.