Most young adults keep in touch with potential ‘back burner’ partners — even if they’re not single

first_imgShare on Twitter Share “Back in my grad school days, I was single and looking to mingle. I’d meet people at the campus social hotspots, trade numbers, and store those numbers in my phone. Weeks and months later, there’d be the occasional text message from one to the other: “Hey stranger how r u?” It felt like the idea was to show some interest and attraction, but not so much for a full-on relationship. Thinking back on those days, I wondered what it might mean and whether I was alone (turns out I’m not). Thus was born the study of back burners.”The researchers surveyed 658 college students about their technological communication, relationship status and number of back burners.Most of the students — 72.9% — said they maintained communication with at least one back burner. Even among those in committed relationships, a little more than half — 55.6% — had back burners.“This particular study showed us that people do spend some effort to maintain back burner relationships using many of the same kinds of strategies they’ll use to keep their committed relationships going, e.g., sending messages of positivity, being open, and sending little notes of assurance. And, as you might expect, people who already have a committed partner do these things to a lesser extent than do singles,” Dibble told PsyPost.“Relatedly, more singles reported having at least one back burner than did those in committed relationships–but over half of the committeds still had at least one back burner. And perhaps more striking, when it comes to average numbers of back burners, committeds don’t differ from singles. This underscores findings from our earlier research showing that back burners seem to be common whether people are single or in a committed relationship.”Single students had about six back burners on average, compared to those in committed relationships who had about five on average.The research does have some limitations, particularly when it comes to the sample used.“The biggest caveat is that our data so far have come only from college student samples,” Dibble explained. “We might expect back burner activity to be most common among younger people, but it’s possible that people in longer-term relationships might do something similar, even if to a lesser extent. We’ve received anecdotal comments from married people who say they can name somebody else they’d likely end up with in case their spouse died. So we definitely want to explore this issue with older individuals and those in long-term relationships.”“We also don’t know much yet about what kinds of things people say to their back burners. We know that communication is required for a back burner to be a back burner (that’s what separates back burners from other romantic prospects that we’re just quietly attracted to). That is, we know that people will expend some effort to fan the embers and keep the back burner glowing (and, as you’d guess, single people “fan” harder than those in relationships do). But we don’t know what they say. This is interesting because what sort of message do you craft to keep someone close enough to maintain the attraction, but not so close as to spark into a full-flame relationship? What do these messages look like that keeps someone in sort of an in-between state?”“We also wonder how attached people become to their back burner relationships, as well as what it might mean to lose a back burner,” Dibble said. “Research shows, for example, that being left out of a computer-based ball-tossing game registers as actual pain in one’s brain. If a back burner becomes suddenly unavailable (e.g., Facebook status changes from “single” to “in a relationship”), does that register similarly on one’s physiology?”Previous research conducted by Dibble suggests that a person who has a number of back burners can still be committed to their current romantic relationship.“People have different feelings about this whole business of keeping in touch with back burners, and whether or not it harms our relationships. In fact, well-established theory led us to predict in an earlier study that the more back burners people have, the less committed they should be to their romantic partner,” he explained. “But this isn’t what happened. To our surprise, we found no association between these two things. What this means right now is, simply knowing that somebody has back burners doesn’t say anything about how committed they are to their partner. This research is still in its early stages, but we don’t see much yet that says we should sound the general alarm.”“It seems the repertoire of human romance goes well beyond dating and getting married in the traditional sense. Back burners aren’t new by any means (remember the “little black book”?), but researchers are beginning to study them only now. Being inherently neither good nor bad, back burners may be another aspect of human connection that serves the bigger goal of helping folks find someone special and develop satisfying relationships,” Dibble added.“Learning more about back burners through research can help us learn more about what are the real threats to our relationships and where we may not need to worry as much. Our goal as always is to help people learn to develop the kinds of relationships in which they can be happy and fulfilled!”The study, “Maintaining Relationship Alternatives Electronically: Positive Relationship Maintenance in Back Burner Relationships“, was co-authored by Narissra M. Punyanunt-Carter and Michelle Drouin. Email Share on Facebookcenter_img LinkedIn It is not uncommon for young adults to keep a “back burner” partner waiting in the wings. According to a new study, most young adults maintain communication with people they are romantically or sexually interested in, even when they’re in a steady relationship with someone else.The study was recently published in the journal Communication Research Reports.“I’ve always said research is me-search, so many of my research interests started as personal experiences that I wanted to learn more about,” remarked study author Jayson L. Dibble, an associate professor of communication at Hope College. Pinterestlast_img read more

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News Scan for Dec 05, 2013

first_imgSaudi Arabia reports two more MERS casesSaudi Arabia’s health ministry today announced two more Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infections, one of which appears to be in a health worker with an asymptomatic infection who had contact with a confirmed case, according to a machine-translation of a statement posted on the ministry’s Web site.The health worker is a 26-year-old working in Riyadh, and the second case is in a 51-year-old resident of the Jawf region who has underlying medical conditions and is hospitalized in an intensive care unit in Riyadh. The relationship between the case-patients isn’t clear from the translation, nor are their genders.The new cases raise Saudi Arabia’s MERS-CoV count to 132 cases with 55 deaths.Dec 5 Saudi health ministry statement IDSA offers guidelines on vaccines for immunocompromised patientsNew guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) are designed to fill an information gap by offering comprehensive recommendations on immunizations for people who have compromised immune systems, such as those with cancer, HIV, or Crohn’s disease, the IDSA announced today.Vaccination rates tend to be lower in immunocompromised patients, in part because their physicians may be concerned about vaccine safety and effectiveness, the IDSA said in a press release. The group said most such patients should receive the influenza vaccine and other immunizations.The recommendations were published today in Clinical Infectious Diseases. They are intended for both primary care physicians and specialists who treat immunocompromised patients, and they include recommendations for vaccinations for those who live with such patients.”The guideline provides ‘one-stop shopping’ for clinicians caring for children and adults with compromised immune systems and includes recommendations and evidence for all vaccinations, from influenza to chicken pox,” said Lorry G. Rubin, MD, lead author of the guideline. “Previously, the recommendations were difficult to retrieve because in most cases information had to be accessed individually by vaccine rather than by the category of patient disease.”The 122 specific recommendations in the guideline cover patients with all types of immunocompromising conditions, the IDSA said.The guidance says that inactivated influenza vaccine is recommended for immunocompromised patients aged 6 months and older, except those who are very unlikely to respond, such as those receiving intensive chemotherapy or those who have received anti–B-cell antibodies within the past 6 months. It says the live attenuated flu vaccine should not be used in immunocompromised persons. Dec 5 IDSA press releaseIDSA guidelines in Clin Infect Dis Raw-burger holiday tradition led to Wisconsin outbreak last yearA 17-case outbreak of Escherichia coli infections last holiday season in Wisconsin was linked to consuming raw ground beef as “tiger meat” or “cannibal sandwiches” as part of a winter holiday tradition, health officials reported today in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).The outbreak came to light Jan 8 this year when Wisconsin’s state lab notified the Wisconsin Division of Public Health of two patients with identical E coli O157:H7 clinical isolates. The two had bought raw ground beef at the same Watertown, Wis., market and served it raw with onions on rye bread or crackers as part of a holiday specialty.Health professionals identified 17 outbreak patients, 4 with confirmed illness and 13 listed as probable cases. The patients ranged in age from 1 to 82 years, with a median of 46. Thirteen of them were female. Eight had received outpatient care, but none died or required hospitalization.Fourteen patients reported eating raw ground beef as tiger meat or cannibal sandwiches during the holidays, and three were exposed via cross-contamination.The investigators also interviewed 58 people who bought raw ground beef from the meat market from Dec 22, 2012, through Jan 4, 2013, or their household contacts or people in the area who reported gastrointestinal illness. The list included outbreak patients. All but 1 of 56 who answered the question said they consumed raw ground beef only on special occasions.Fifty-three of the 58 (91%) knew that eating raw ground beef could cause illness, but only 17 of 42 (41%) thought that sickness could be severe. Six of 15 patients (40%) and 28 of 40 other respondents (70%) said they planned to continue eating raw burger.The meat market voluntarily recalled 2,532 pounds of raw ground beef because of the outbreak, the authors said. The MMWR report does not name the market, but a Jan 15 US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recall notice specified that it was Glenn’s Market and Catering of Watertown.This same region of Wisconsin saw outbreaks of more than 50 cases linked to eating raw ground beef in 1972, 1978, and 1994, the MMWR report says. It adds that the sandwiches are a tradition in some Upper Midwest regions.Dec 6 MMWR report Jan 15 USDA recall noticeLawlessness, violence in Pakistan spur 2013 polio increaseOf the three countries in the world in which polio is still endemic, Pakistan ranks first in the number of cases so far in 2013, with 72, and is the only one with an increase in cases over last year, according to a story from Agence France-Presse (AFP). World Health Organization (WHO) officials count opposition to the vaccination campaigns by militant groups and violence against vaccination workers as the reasons behind these dubious honors.Of this year’s cases in Pakistan, the large majority (50) have been in the lawless northwest tribal areas bordering Afghanistan. Pakistani Taliban groups banned polio vaccinations in Waziristan last year, claiming the campaigns were covers for espionage, says the story. Vaccination workers have been attacked and in many cases killed while trying to reach children with vaccine in the northwest as well as other areas of the country.Elias Durry, emergency coordinator of the WHO Polio Eradication Pakistan Program, said 33 million children were vaccinated in the recent campaign but that 2.3 million had been missed, mainly because of violence and security threats.The two countries in addition to Pakistan where polio remains endemic are Nigeria, with 50 cases this year, and Afghanistan, with 6. Last year Nigeria had 110 cases, Pakistan 58, and Afghanistan 31. Dec 4 AFP storyMost recent (Dec 2) CIDRAP News scan addressing violence in Pakistanlast_img read more

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OutSmart to Take Part in OMWINDENERGY

first_imgDuring the OMWINDENERGY conference on the 10th of October in Düsseldorf (Germany), OutSmart will elaborate on the complexity of understanding your operations and share interesting tools and models which help create the most added value for a wind project.The onshore and offshore wind industry is a booming industry, worldwide. Many experienced companies focus on Operations & Maintenance issues these days and there are great growth opportunities around the world. Offering excellent service and staying innovative is the key to success in the wind business.“But how do you organize your operations in a way that you are in control? Wind energy consultancy OutSmart has the answer,” the company stressed in an announcement of its participation in OMWINDENERGY.The conference (9.00 am – 17.30 pm) will cover topics related to operations, logistics, maintenance, service teams, HSE and IT & communication technology.[mappress mapid=”14394″]Press release; Image: OutSmartlast_img read more

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Spectrum Begins 2D Shoot Offshore Argentina

first_imgSpectrum has started a 35,000 km multi-client 2D seismic survey covering 435,000 km2 in the deep waters of Argentina in cooperation with YPF S.A.The survey will provide industry with the first ever detailed seismic grid over this under-explored frontier area of Argentina, allowing for basin-wide studies of the area as well as prospect/lead level interpretation studies for upcoming license rounds, Spectrum explained.Data is being acquired with a 12,000 m streamer with continuous recording to enable extended recording lengths and high fold data to enable full interpretation from Moho to water bottom.The data will be processed with PSTM, PSDM and Broadband products with first deliveries in early Q4 2017.The new data will be utilized to assist the Ministry in placement and design of parcels for the future license rounds offshore Argentina, the company noted.Richie Miller, EVP Multi-Client Americas, said, “With the commencement of our first program in Argentina we again start to build a core area for Spectrum to grow and expand on. There has been no deep water exploration in Argentina and this survey will allow industry to get a look at a frontier area for the first time with modern long offset high fidelity data. This expansion of the Atlantic Margin seismic coverage, will soon allow Spectrum to offer a modern 2D library from French Guiana through Brazil to the edge of the Malvinas Basin offshore Argentina.”The survey will be carried out in partnership with BGP Marine and is supported by industry funding.last_img read more

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Survival course

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New dawn fades

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited accesslast_img read more

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Keep working on tenders, criminal practitioners told

first_imgThe Law Society has advised criminal defence practitioners to continue working on their tenders for legal aid contracts, despite the High Court suspending the government’s controversial tendering process for the next round of crime duty work pending the outcome of next week’s judicial review.Legal challenges from the Law Society and practitioner groups the Criminal Law Solicitors Association and London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association will be heard in the High Court on 15 and 16 January.Richard Miller, the Society’s head of legal aid, said: ‘We remain concerned that the tender for criminal legal aid contracts is unworkable, jeopardising access to justice by risking market failure which would leave people without representation and damage the livelihoods of many of our members.‘That is why we sought a judicial review and have supported other groups to seek one too.’Although the tender process has been suspended, ‘we still do not know what the outcome of the JR will be’, Miller noted. He recommended solicitors ‘continue to think about how they might construct any bid they may wish to submit in the event that the process is restarted’.An update on the Ministry of Justice’s website states that, following the injunction, potential bidders would be unable to access material directly from the e-tendering system while the injunction was in place. However, ‘all relevant documentation’, including newly published answers to frequently asked questions, would remain available for viewing online.last_img read more

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Egypt, France conduct naval drills in Mediterranean and Red Seas

first_imgEgypt signs military deal with France Will France help to combat terrorism in Egypt? Egyptian and French naval forces carried out joint military drills across the Mediterranean Sea on Sunday, the Egyptian military spokesman said in a statement.“The training included implementation of several activities of sailing formations day and night, which showed the power of the participating maritime units in taking its positions fast and accurately,” the spokesperson of the armed force, Tamer el-Refaie, said.The naval exercises also included the implementation of a realistic scenario of meeting the challenges facing maritime security, combating terrorism and protecting vital maritime targets such as gas and oil platforms against typical threats, it added.“In light of boosting special ties, enhancing cooperation and exchange of experiences between the Egyptian armed forces and its partners from friendly countries, elements from the Egyptian and French navies have conducted exercises with French Courbet and several Egyptian pieces,” the statement added.Egypt regularly holds military exercises with Arab, African and Western states to boost military collaboration and exchange military expertise.In early November, Egyptian and French naval forces carried out joint military drills across the Mediterranean Sea. Egypt also started the “Arab Shield 1” joint drills with forces from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait and Jordan at Egypt’s Mohamed Naguib military base in the Mediterranean province of Matrouh, the largest base in the Middle East and Africa.Relatedcenter_img Egypt retrieves Pharaonic stone tablet from Francelast_img read more

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Homeless Service Delivers Significant Improvements

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDumfries and Galloway Councillors at this week’s Communities committee will be told about some big improvements that have been delivered by the Council’s Homeless Service.An Improvement Plan was created for the Homeless Service in May 2016 and progress on the plan will be reported to Councillors next week.The actions in the Improvement Plan have been prioritised based on those that would benefit customers. As such, Councillors will hear about some real improvements that have been made within the service that are making a difference for some of the most vulnerable customers that use our Council’s services. Some actions completed include:• New service standards for providing housing options and housing support advice• Reviewing the use of temporary accommodation including reducing the use of accommodation below standard; reducing prolonged stays in accommodation and improved reporting on accommodation types• Improvements to procedures and protocols for staff dealing with homeless applications and customers in temporary accommodationThis Improvement Plan has resulted in improved performance for the Homeless Service:• Average number of weeks to close a homeless case reduced from 40 days last year to 32 days this year – better than the Scottish average• Percentage of customers who were satisfied with the quality of temporary accommodation increased from 84.2% last year to 91.3% this year – better than the Scottish average• Percentage of Homeless applications assessed within 28 days rose from 73.7% last year to 91.4% this year – better than the Scottish average.One of the improvement actions that has been achieved in the last year that the service is particularly proud of relates temporary accommodation being provided to 99.7% of the cases in the past year (the remaining 0.3% relates to 2 specific cases which the current housing stock could not accommodate).Councillors will also be told at the committee how some of the actions in the Improvement Plan are assisting with preparing the service for the introduction of Universal Credit next year and the significant impact it will have. Chair of the Communities committee, Cllr Andy Ferguson, said “I’m pleased that this report will be presented to councillors so they can hear about the significant progress that has been made implementing the service’s Improvement Plan. Our Homeless Service is essential for so many individuals facing very difficult circumstances. For that reason, that fact the service has made so many improvements that have made a real difference to these customers is a huge step forward.”Vice Chair of Communities Committee, Cllr John Martin, said “The report today outlined some of the improvements that have been delivered by the Homeless service and although we realise there is still work to do to deliver all the actions in the Plan, the progress so far is a fantastic start. With Challenge Poverty week fast approaching (15-21 October), reports like this that show how our Council is improving its services to make a real difference for homeless families and individuals.”last_img read more

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Constitution does not mandate Roseau South MP to resign

first_img(L-R): Salisbury MP, Hector John; UWP Political Leader Lennox Linton; Roseau South MP, Joshua Francis and Wesley MP Ezekiel Bazil (file photo)Member of Parliament for the Roseau South Constituency, Joshua Francis is not mandated to resign from Parliament under the Constitution, Leader of the United Workers Party (UWP), Lennox Linton has said.Allegations of inappropriate behavior were made against Mr Francis and Ian Pinard in April 2016. Pinard, who was then a minister and member of parliament, has since resigned while the matter is before the court for adjudication.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit called on Mr Francis to resign during a By-Election victory rally in Scotts Head on Tuesday 7 June. The Prime Minister requested Mr Francis’ resignation to make way for a By-Election in Roseau South.“The constitution allows Joshua Francis to remain as a Member of the Parliament, as it allowed Ian Pinard to remain as a Member of the Parliament,” Mr Linton said on a Q95FM radio program on Wednesday 8 June 2016.Mr Linton added that Pinard could have taken “a leave of absence if he so desired” but “the Constitution recognizes, as everybody does, that people who are charged, criminally or otherwise, are innocent until they are proven guilty”.“So the Constitution allows those who are in the Parliament, who have charges against them to go before the court and to clear their name before action is taken against them,” Mr Linton noted. “But of course, Mr Francis can decide, as Mr Pinard decided, before it comes to that, before it comes to going through all the court procedure and having an announcement from the court and stuff, I will step aside,” he continued.Mr Linton added that if Mr Francis wishes to resign, that decision is entirely up to him as “there is nothing in our Constitution that mandates Mr Francis to resign at this point”.Additionally, Mr Linton said there is nothing barring the Parliament from voting that Mr Francis be suspended from Parliament in similar fashion as the Member of Parliament for Roseau North, Danny Lugay was for saying “some people deserve to die” during a 2014 political rally.“But Mr Francis will make that decision. I don’t know what he will do, or not do and I don’t know if the Prime Minister knows or [does] not know what he’s going to do or not, but it’s entirely up to Mr Francis if he choose to resign,” he stated.“Of course, when you’re criminally charged, you go before the court, if the court finds you guilty of the offence then you will have to withdraw from the Parliament, that’s what the Constitution provides for. But the innocent until proven guilty logic and practice is at play here as well and so it is up to him whether he wants voluntarily to resign,” Mr Linton added.A resolution of no confidence was passed against Mr Francis as the UWP’s deputy political leader during a special delegates conference on 24 April 2016 after he refused to resign.Audio Playerhttps://www.dominicavibes.dm/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/LN090615LEN001-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Tweet Sharing is caring! LocalNewsPolitics Constitution does not mandate Roseau South MP to resign by: Dominica Vibes News – June 9, 2016 1481 Views   6 commentscenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

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