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Does Facebook and twitter make us "vain and self-obsessed"?

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That's what Baroness Greenfield, professor of pharmacology at Oxford University, thinks. She believes that Facebook and Twitter gives us short attentions spans and a need for constant attention.

The thing is, she's kind of right. Most of us tweet and Facebook about every detail of our lives. And positive comments, 'likes' and retweets can boost our confidence and self esteem.

In regards to the short attention spans, I don't think that's limited to social media alone. The internet and technology in general means there are hundreds of things fighting for our attention. I know I'm horribly guilty of checking my phone more than I should in company.

She also believes that using social media means we suffer from reduced concentration, poor non-verbal skills (like keeping eye contact) and a need for instant gratification.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments while I go update my Facebook status...


Posted by Emma Cossey on August 1, 2011 9:00 AM in Social Media
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The weirdest reality show ever

britney-spears-toxic.jpgWe're not adverse to a reality TV show here at Dollymix. As much as I like to rant about them, I'll be sitting down with half of the nation to watch Big Brother and The X Factor. I even enjoy a bit of The Biggest Loser.

But we've just heard about a really weird show: Bigger Than Britney.

The idea of the show is to find lookalikes of famous people - who are a little heavier - and put them on the same diet and exercise plan of their idols.

Yup, that sounds healthy.

Considering Beyonce famously did the Maple Syrup diet, and Britney seems to live on the Starbucks and McDonalds diet, it all seems like a dangerous example to set.

What do you think? A step too far?


Posted by Emma Cossey on July 29, 2011 9:30 AM in Television
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Too early for Christmas?

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If you're averse to the C-word before December, you might want to look away now.

Harrods have launched their Christmas Grotto, 151 days before the big day. Complete with Santa Claus, Christmas Tree and tinsel.

Apparently, Harrods are appealing to the "increasing consumer demand of international markets."

Oh, and if you're getting carried away with the whole Christmas theme, and you've got a stash of money saved away, you could spend it on a Santa Claus decoration...priced at £2,999.

So, is it too early for Christmas?


Posted by Emma Cossey on July 28, 2011 2:07 PM in christmas
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Old Spice Guy Vs. New Spice Guy

I like Old Spice Guy.

And I like New Spice Guy (also known as Fabio, the famous male model).

But who would win in a fight?

That's exactly what we're about to find out.

Here's Fabio's video:

And here's Old Spice Guy's reply:

So, who do you think would win in a fight?

Posted by Emma Cossey on July 27, 2011 8:30 AM in Video
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Health & Beauty

Could being positive make you live longer?

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A new study publishes in Stroke: Journal of the amercian Heart Association, suggests that those who take an optimistic view of life are less likely to suffer a stroke, and enjoy more health benefits, long-term, than those who always see the bad side.

The study, which took place with 6,044 adults over th age of 50, found that the higher the level of optimism, the lower the acute stroke risk became.

Presumably, those with a positive outlook have lower stress levels as a result, which has a positive health impact. Other research has also suggested that a glass-half-full attitude can lead to better heart health and a healthier immune system.

Are you a optimist?

Posted by Emma Cossey on July 26, 2011 9:45 AM in Health & Beauty
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The sad passing of Amy Winehouse

It's been an awful weekend for news, with the shocking attacks in Norway, the tragic train crash in China and the death of Amy Winehouse. The latter is particularly shocking, given her young age of 27, but sadly not surprising considering her history.

Perhaps the best way to pay tribute to Amy is to remember her beautiful performances rather than her personal life.

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the recent events around the world.

Posted by Emma Cossey on July 25, 2011 8:30 AM in Celebrities
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Wear a helmet!

Three times a week, I commute to and from my part time role a 20-minute drive away. During that drive, around 50% of the cyclists I see don't wear a helmet. It's not just the kids either.

Surely, the worry about ruining your hair isn't bigger than protecting your head in a crash? Cyclists are vulnerable on the roads, so wearing a helmet is essential.

This video appeal from James Cracknell really makes the point.

Posted by Emma Cossey on July 22, 2011 8:30 AM in Video
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Our bodies, ourselves

Shock horror! Women don't like looking at photos of themselves

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According to the Daily Mail, half of women hate looking at photos of themselves.

Haven't we all had the "Oh NO!" reaction when we get an email from Facebook saying someone has tagged us? And yet we all get snap happy at events so we can upload them onto Facebook.

I'll be honest, I don't like looking at photos of myself. I sit in a quiet state of denial about the two stone I've put on in the last couple of years, so seeing a new photo tends to kill that blissful ignorance.

Apparently, most women, on seeing a photo of themselves, complain about their smile - either not being white enough or being too wonky. Others complain about their eyes being closed or hating their outfit. We've all been there.

I'm not going to sit here and say "we should all accept ourselves, we're all beautiful in our own way" because...well, I don't buy it so I don't expect you to. Everyone has insecurities. Perhaps the key is accepting that. And hitting that detag button when a particularly awful photo from a crap camera (always blame the camera) pops up.

Do you like seeing photos of yourself?

Posted by Emma Cossey on July 21, 2011 12:22 PM in Our bodies, ourselves
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Push up bras, stilettos and fake tan - Suitable interview attire?

Chrsitian Louboutons stilettos.jpgEver popped a pair of beautiful stillettos on for an interview? Apparently this could kill your chances at getting the job.

According to a survey by, 42% of candidates think wearing fake tan, stilettoes and push up bras to an interview is acceptable. Employers think these are three of the worst things they can wear.

4 in 10 managers feel that Job Centres, Universities and schools are not doing enough to teach people how to dress in the workplace, and 54% of jobseekers don't think a bad outfit will impact on their job chances. Bit of a difference eh?

While I think what you wear is important, a suit and smart appearance is generally a must, I disagree that stilettos are a bad choice. As long as the heels suit the tone of the outfit and interview, does it really matter if they're high?

A few other things employers don't want to see in interviewees includes:

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Posted by Emma Cossey on July 20, 2011 8:30 AM in
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Baby Beckham sparks 123% rise in sales of To Kill A Mockingbird

thebeckhams.jpgWe might not all agree on Baby Beckham's name (general consensus at Dollymix is that 'Harper' is acceptable, 'Seven' is odd) but you can't deny the selling power of brand Beckham.

It's been revealed that Harper is actually named after Harper Lee, Victoria's favourite author, who penned To Kill A Mockingbird. Since this revelation, made on David's Facebook page by video, has reported a rise of 123% on sales of To Kill A Mockingbird.

Hey, at least they're encouraging more people to read the classics. 

Posted by Emma Cossey on July 19, 2011 9:45 AM in Celebrities
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