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LGBT: The acceptance of transgender people in the U.S.

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Deep partisan divide on whether greater acceptance of transgender people is good for society

At a time when a rising share of U.S. adults say they know someone who is transgender, there is no public consensus on whether greater social acceptance of transgender people is good or bad for society, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted last July.

The question was asked as part of a broader survey that asked about the public's views on a wide range of social and political issues, including whether different societal trends in the U.S. are generally good or bad for society.

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The Age of Internet or the Online Man

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"The Global Village"

As Marshall McLuhan predicted almost 60 years ago, we are already living in unprecedented ages of worldwide informational interconnection. Nowadays, we can hardly imagine going out without our smartphone, using old type mobile phones, let alone a home without a Wi-Fi network. Matter of fact, it became the most important service that people are asking for when choosing a hotel, hostel, or a location to sleep. As though without it, we can't really enjoy our vacation. More and more people are spending most of their time online while not using the internet is seen as some kind of abstinence. All that is more than understandable considering the unarguable advantages and comforts that the internet endowed to us. We can literally communicate with the speed of light and of course, there are innumerable other benefits. But we are seldom questioning the possible repercussions upon our psyche and the natural functioning of our brain, the faculty of memory, or sleep. Is it really the same to have a chat through some social media as to engage in a real conversation? Do we still hold the border between our Instagram or Facebook profile and our persona? The line separating real and virtual is becoming thin and yet more thinner. What consequences are waiting for us as a kind, which is surely and inevitably transforming into a digital species? For now, we can only guess.

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What are the attitudes towards the political and economical situation around western Europe and the U.S.

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Statistical Insights

In the United States and Western Europe, many people support large scale, systemic change. Across four countries surveyed in November and December of last year, around four-in-ten or more in every country describe either their economic or political system as needing at least major changes if not complete reform. But what people prioritize – and whether they prioritize both economic and political changes – varies by country, according to a new analysis of Pew Research Center data. 

Here are five key findings about people's attitudes toward systemic reforms in the U.S., France, Germany and the UK:

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Social Media Use in 2021 and the future of online platforms

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Vast sociological research in the U.S. shows thought-provoking statistics about the use of social media among different groups of people

One thing for sure – times are changing. The change is so rapid and globally simultaneous that it is hard to even imagine it let alone grasp it. The main character in today's events is called – Online Social Platforms. Less than 20 years ago, newspapers, radio, and television were the main sources of information for most of the population of our planet. Of course, there was the internet with various chat platforms, blogs, etc. but the true revolution in online social media started with the appearance of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and all the other social networks that we are already familiar with. That happened in the short period between 2004 and 2010. These platforms became the new world forum. They changed the way we communicate with each other, the methods we inform ourselves, and even our perception of the world and others. Nowadays, it's hard to imagine an urban scene without people staring at their smartphones, scrolling in some social platform, or reading yet another piece of information.

If we take the founding of Facebook in 2004 as a starting point of the Online Social Media Revolution, it is 17 years later when there are hundreds of different platforms and an ever-growing emergence of new ones on daily basis. This process is happening at such a frantic pace that a lot of younger people are already disliking Facebook or Twitter (which are considered old-fashioned) in favor of newer platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, or TikTok.

Here you can read and give consideration to the new sociological research conducted by Pew Research Center – The Use of Social Media in 2021:

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What is the future of AI and what are the opinions on it around the world?

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Artificial Intelligence – an inextricable part of our lives.

Whether we like it or not, artificial intelligence is already part of our lives and the tendency is to become more and more interwoven with all human activities. Nowadays, some of the dreams of past generations are facts. However, as we daily adopt new technologies, the menace of losing control over this exponentially increasing process is always presented. We cannot deny the benefits of technological development. It made some of the painstaking efforts of the past look like no-brainers. Maybe that is what we should fear the most. It seems that the real challenge for future generations would be to find the subtle balance between technology and hand-work, artificial intelligence, and the good old human consciousness with all its pros and cons.

If you would like to know what are the international moods toward AI, below you will find the latest statistics made by Pew Research Center:

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Many publics around the world doubt the safety of genetically modified foods

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The increasing demand for food production

Concern about genetically modified foods is widespread globally, with about half of people in 20 publics around the world saying these foods are unsafe to eat, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted between October 2019 and March 2020.

As growth in the world's population increases demand on the global food supply, nations have debated the role of genetically engineered or genetically modified foods. Advocates see such foods as one route to meeting food production demands.

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29 January 2023
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Credit: Baruch de Spinoza (1632 - 1677), Dutch philosopher. Woodcut engraving, published in 1881.; Getty images Excerpts from Ethics, Demonstrated in Geometrical Order (1677) 1. "Hatred is increased by being reciprocated, and can on the other hand be...
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Credit: Getty images How will AI change the world? It is generally accepted that so far, there were four main industrial revolutions. The introduction of coals around 1760; gas -1870; electronics and nuclear – 1969; and internet and renewable energy ...
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Credit: The philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty in his home in Paris 1950; Getty Images Short Bio Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908-1961) was a French phenomenologist philosopher and a leading figure in existentialism. He was born in Rochefort-sur-Mer, Franc...
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