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Many parents have long complained about the impact of video game addiction on children and WHO's recent designation appears to validate their concerns. In fact, the issue has become so pronounced that a growing number of psychologists across the United States have begun to specialize in treating children who struggle with compulsive gaming.
Back in 2007, the Harris Poll conducted a study for researcher Douglas Gentile of Iowa State University, which was one of the earliest revelations that children could become addicted to playing video games. The study found that 8.5 percent of American youths ages 8 to 18 who play video games showed multiple signs of behavioral addiction.
To determine gaming addiction, Gentile modified diagnostic criteria for pathological gambling into questions on video game use. Gamers were considered "pathological" if they reported at least six of the 11 symptoms, which included spending increasing amounts of time and money on video games to feel the same level of excitement, irritability or restlessness when play is scaled back, skipping chores or homework, etc. Four times as many boys as girls were considered "pathological gamers."
Children deemed pathological gamers did worse in school, had trouble paying attention in class and reported feeling "addicted." They were twice as likely to report attention-deficit disorder or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. The study also found that 88 percent of the American children ages 8 to 18 play video games and the findings also suggest that 3 million children in that age range in the country are addicted "or at least have problems of the magnitude" that require help.
The subject, however, doesn't just affect children. Today, 2.6 billion people around the world play video games, including two-thirds of American households, according to the Entertainment Software Association. And despite the rising fears about gaming addiction, tech giants such as Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter are increasingly competing with each other in the $36 billion livestream video games industry. On the other hand, others like Google and Apple are working on “digital wellness” apps to try to deter excessive phone use.
WHO adds that health concerns associated with gaming behavior are not limited to gaming disorder, but also include other health problems—such as insufficient physical activity, bad diet, eyesight or hearing problems, musculoskeletal problems, sleep deprivation, aggressive behavior and even depression.
Including gaming disorder in ICD-11 was based on reviews of available evidence and a consensus of experts from different disciplines and geographical regions. As the New York Times reports the designation could also "make gamers more willing to seek treatment, encourage more therapists to provide it and increase the chances that insurance companies would cover it."
When I started out (around the time Duran Duran roamed the planet), business-to-business (B2B) marketing was confined to the domain of the literal. The customer was deemed rational and analytical, so the messaging was bland and unimaginative. B2B meant “boring-to-boring.” All the communications felt like PowerPoint presentations. We spoke in the native language of sales collateral and trade show jargon. And a bulk of the work seemed dependent on sales teams’ connections and cold calling target clients.
Yet, over the past decade, we’ve seen B2B marketing evolve into “business-to-beautiful” marketing -- marketing that illuminates the beautiful stories behind businesses today, expressing their visions and values in society. Suddenly, some of the best work is aimed at procurement executives through thought leadership, branded content, social media and content marketing strategies that drive a wonderful overhead appeal to shareholders and lovers of great narratives.
The shift was inevitable, in my opinion, given the rise of the internet and social media. What we’ve realized through social is that businesses are inherently emotional beings, they are creations of our imaginations, rivers of human growth and determiners of where we build our future communities. B2B marketing is no longer isolated in the ivory tower, creating empires unknown by the general public. Instead, “B2Beautiful” marketing has made the connection between B2B storytelling and our human growth potential. These B2Beautiful stories captivate our imaginations and trigger emotional resonance -- key ingredients in building that residual stickiness factor in an attention-deficit world.
My company, The Harris Poll, recently released the Reputation Quotient study (registration required), which reports that contemporary drivers are found in today’s consumer desires, and many of the storytelling strategies employed by B2C marketers are becoming increasingly applicable to B2B marketing.
We see brilliant examples of brands implementing B2Beautiful campaigns today and engaging communities even in functional, low-interest categories. Maersk, for instance, is humanizing logistics services by personifying its giant cargo ships and documenting their travels through stunning visual images on Instagram. Cisco’s award-winning documentary, The Network Effect, highlights telecom development stories, while companies such as Salesforce and The Mosaic Company have created engaging podcasts. The Mosaic Company’s podcast, “The Great Yield Mystery,” featured a dramatic audio play about two farmers trying to understand why their harvest came short -- it even offered listeners clues to solve the mystery and win prizes.
Read more at Forbes.
Artificial intelligence, blockchain, cybersecurity.
Startups working in these hot areas of the technology industry take more than half of the spots on this year’s Wall Street Journal listing of 25 technology companies to watch. The list identifies startups that show signs of becoming emerging leaders in the tech industry.
“Those three make a lot of sense,” says Charles Moldow, a general partner at Foundation Capital, a venture-capital firm in Palo Alto, Calif. “These are the areas we are most focused on,” he says.
Artificial intelligence has benefited from advances in processing power and analysis that are opening myriad new ways to create products. Meanwhile, growing attention to cryptocurrencies has helped persuade a crop of highly skilled entrepreneurs to work on putting the underlying blockchain technology to various uses.
As for the third: “Cybersecurity should be a perennial anchor on the list,” Mr. Moldow says. “So long as there are black hats, there will need to be white hats.”
The Journal 25 isn’t a ranking of every company working in the hot corners of tech. Nor does it consist of companies with billion-dollar valuations; far from it. Rather, the list spotlights young companies—all founded since the start of 2013—that have attracted the attention of the tech community, and cash from venture-capital investors. These are companies that have expanded their workforces and, in some cases, have prominent backers and founders with prior entrepreneurial success.
Outside of the three predominant technology fields, companies on the list include those working in areas such as health care, financial services, education, and business solutions such as drones.
Tech Companies to Watch starts with a survey of technology-industry watchers. Nominations were taken in an online survey conducted by the Harris Poll among executives and others who make technology purchasing decisions for businesses, as well as a survey that included readers of certain Wall Street Journal publications and attendees of Journal technology conferences. Survey participants were asked to identify young companies that are innovative, growing fast and expected to continue to grow fast. Only those with valuations of $50 million to $500 million were considered for the list.
Read more at The Wall Street Journal.
A new survey from Emerge212, conducted online by The Harris Poll among over 2,000 U.S. adults ages 18+, suggests that while most Americans have never worked in a co-working space (82%), they still hold a negative perception of this growing segment of the office market. Specifically, many Americans describe co-working spaces as lacking privacy (43%), being noisy (38%), and feeling crowded (31%). Some American millennials (aged 18-34) who currently work in an office setting had a more positive opinion, believing that co-working spaces would be great for collaboration (35%) and networking (33%).
Beyond the negative view, many Americans may simply not feel like they are a right fit for the co-working world. Just over half of Americans who currently work in a traditional office space (51%) believe that co-working spaces would only work well for young tech start-ups.
“What many people don’t realize is that while flexible or co-working spaces have been around for a while, the segment has only recently evolved and broadened significantly,” says Emerge212 Director, James Kleeman. “The results of this survey demonstrate that the majority of Americans still view co-working as this open-concept, loud, and distracting environment, when in reality it’s a vast and varied category. We’re not just catering to tech start-ups and freelancers anymore. There are co-working spaces out there for every type of company big or small, regardless of industry and price point, with dedicated amenities and features to fit your business’s specific needs.”
The survey also examined what elements Americans value most in their office space. Some elements toward the top of the list, amongst Americans who currently work in an office environment, were access to natural light/windows (53%) and modern technology offerings (47%). Honing in a bit deeper, nearly a quarter of millennials who work in an office environment (23%) said sophisticated design elements are important when considering their ideal office setting. While the open office aesthetic has become more popularized in recent years, more than 4 in 5 Americans who work in a traditional office space (83%) agree that areas for focused work (i.e. private offices) are just as valuable as communal areas.
Emerge212 is a pioneer in the growing co-working landscape, having launched back in 1999. The operator has continued to evolve its level of service and offerings to accommodate the ever-changing needs of businesses year-over-year. With three New York City locations, Emerge212 offers fully furnished spaces in an array of flexible layouts, including private offices, as well as sophisticated and professional common spaces to give clients a sophisticated, yet balanced setting.
“When I’m touring prospective clients around one of our locations for the first time, there’s generally a sense of surprise because it’s not what they had expected from a co-working space,” says Kleeman. “We offer full-service office suites, which means you can still have your private space and run your business uninterrupted, just as you would in a traditional office setting. However, we’re also alleviating the burden of running an entire office by handling the infrastructure, support services, and maintaining the space overall. I would encourage more companies to explore the different co-working models and see if it may work for their business’s needs.”
"The formula is simple," said Rebekah Barsch, vice president of planning at Northwestern Mutual. "Financial security creates options, and options empower people to curate the life they want --- both in the present and the future."
These are the latest findings from the 2018 Planning & Progress Study, an annual research project commissioned by Northwestern Mutual that explores Americans' attitudes and behaviors toward money, financial decision making, and the broader landscape issues impacting people's long-term financial security. The first set of data around retirement savings was released in May.
While nearly seven in 10 Americans (68%) said they feel happy about their financial situation at least sometimes, a good portion also consistently experience a range of negative emotions such as:
- Anxiety (54%) (25% "all the time" or "often")
- Insecurity (52%) (24% "all the time" or "often")
- Fear (48%)
Money also emerged as the dominant source of stress (44%), dramatically outpacing personal relationships (25%) and work (18%). This is not surprising, considering that the following are just some of the financial pressures causing at least four in 10 Americans to experience "high" or "moderate" levels of anxiety:
- Rising cost of healthcare: 59%
- Unplanned financial emergency: 55%
- Unplanned health emergency: 53%
- Income: 48%
- Level of savings: 48%
- Debt: 42%
- Planning for retirement: 41% --- up from 37% in 2017
Read more at PRNewswire.