Facebook doesn’t understand that there’s no one-click shortcut to empathy

Mark Zuckerberg has just announced Facebook’s latest innovation: the introduction of an “empathy” button as an alternative to the thumbs-up “Like” icon that accompanies every post. The plan, he says, is to create “a quick way to emote” so people can register their response to anything from personal tragedies such as a death in the…

You don’t have to be rich to lead an ‘eco-friendly’ lifestyle – here’s how I do it

Shopping second-hand is hardly a new concept – the practice of making do with castoffs and finding treasure in trash has existed for as long as there have been those desperate, thrifty or creative enough to try it. Renewed environmentalist concerns are now begging us to revisit and revitalise these ideas. Why? Well, because increasingly,…

Spotify data reveals boom in sleep and relaxation albums

Putting on music is often seen as an energising action to aid dancing, even jogging. But now one of the fastest-growing new album categories features music focused on the opposite goal: putting listeners to sleep. Spotify’s fastest-growing music category is the newly named “environmental/sleep/relaxative” – in the last week alone, 282 albums from the category…

Women shift gears in motorcycle culture: ‘It’s about being on the front of the bike’

Riding motorcycles and the culture around it, with the talk of “bitch seats” and women as “property”, has seldom seemed very conducive to the empowerment of women. But, organically and spontaneously through social media – especially Instagram – a new generation of female bikers are finding and inspiring each other with a shared set of…