Behaviour

  • Twitter is driving couples towards infidelity and break-ups, says new study July 4, 2014

    Have you noticed a drastic change in the behaviour of your hubby towards you since the day he joined Twitter? It is time to take cognizance of how much time he is spending on the micro-blogging site. According to new research, active users of social networking who are in a romantic...
  • A new smartphone app that can help you curb your sedentary behaviour June 29, 2014

    Washington: Researchers have developed a new smartphone app that monitors your sedentary behaviour and motivates you to get up and walk around. More sedentary time, regardless of physical activity levels, is associated with greater risk for obesity, cardiovascular disease and mortality. The smartphone-based intervention developed by researchers at The Miriam Hospital in...
  • Poonam Pandey arrested in Mumbai for 'indecent behaviour', released May 3, 2014

    Mumbai: Bollywood actress Poonam Pandey was arrested late on Friday night from Mira road in Mumbai. She was held for allegedly behaving indecently in public. The actress was later released after a warning from the police. More details of the incident are yet to emerge. Poonam Pandey was last seen in...
  • Twitter could be used to monitor HIV, drug-related behaviour: Study March 2, 2014

    Los Angeles: Real-time social media like Twitter could be used to track HIV incidence and drug-related behaviours to help detect and potentially prevent outbreaks, a new study has found. The study, led by University of California Los Angeles, suggests it may be possible to predict sexual risk and drug use...
  • A new camera system to predict violent behaviour November 10, 2013

    London: Scientists have developed a new camera system that can help predict a person's aggressive behaviour such as kicking, pushing, hitting and throwing. The system Kintense analyses a person's body and figures out where the joints are in order to create a real-time 3D skeleton figure. An algorithm then recognises...
  • People who lie while texting take longer to respond September 7, 2013

    Washington: If you are exchanging a flurry of text messages with someone and there's an awkward pause, you should probably be suspicious! A Brigham Young University study has found when people lie in digital messages - texting, social media or instant messaging - they take longer to respond, make more edits...
  • Education system failed to achieve objective, needs reform: SC July 5, 2013

    New Delhi: Education system in the country has failed to achieve its objective and it has to be reformed immediately, the Supreme Court has said. "It is unfortunate that today education instead of reforming the human behaviour, in our humble opinion, appear to have failed to achieve its objective. Instead...
  • Facebook may boost your self-esteem and affect your behaviour June 2, 2013

    Washington: Having a profile on the social networking site Facebook may help boost your self-esteem and even affect your behaviour, a first-of-its-kind study has found. A Facebook profile is an ideal version of self, full of photos and posts curated for the eyes of family, friends and acquaintances, researchers said. ...
  • Inter Milan hit with UEFA fine after renewed racism April 27, 2013

    Inter Milan have been fined 45,000 euros for the racist behaviour of their fans during a Europa League last 16 second-leg match at home to Tottenham Hotspur in March, UEFA said in a statement on Friday. Benfica have also been hit by a 32,000 euro fine for organisational issues and the...
  • Think before you click the 'Like' button on Facebook March 12, 2013

    London: Clicking those friendly blue "like" buttons strewn across the Web may be doing more than marking you as a fan of Coca-Cola or Lady Gaga. It could out you as gay. It might reveal how you vote. It might even suggest that you're an unmarried introvert with a high IQ...
  • After Guru's hanging, politics over death row convicts starts February 12, 2013

    New Delhi: After the execution of the 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, political slugfest over convicts on death row has began. After Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's statement on Guru, the Shiromani Akali Dal has said the party will not allow the government to carry out the...
  • Chinese man whips his son to death for bad behaviour January 1, 2013

    Beijing: A Chinese man has been arrested for allegedly whipping his six-year-old son to death after the boy's teachers complained that he was extorting money from classmates. The father, Zheng Junpeng, a native of Shaanxi Province, said teachers kept reporting to him that his son, identified as Jiahao, often beat...
  • It's official! More Facebook friends means more stress November 27, 2012

    London: A wide circle of friends on Facebook may make you feel popular but it can also give you stress! The more people you have as your Facebook friends, the more likely you are to get stressed trying not to cause offence, according to a new report. The report from...
  • Now, a computer that tells what you are going to do next August 11, 2012

    London: A German designer has developed a computer programme that predicts what people will do next by monitoring their behaviour. Designer Christian Fiebig created Computer Augmented Crafts to assist him with his welding by closely watching his movements with a webcam. The data is fed into an algorithm which makes...
  • 'Waitresses who dress in red attract more tips' August 5, 2012

    Los Angeles: Waitresses who wear red colour clothes get up to 26 per cent extra in tips from male customers than they would otherwise, researchers have claimed. The findings published in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, higher tips come only from male customers, while female diners give the...
  • Balotelli vows to behave at Euro 2012 May 21, 2012

    Milan: Mario Balotelli has assured Italy coach Cesare Prandelli that he will be on his best behaviour for the duration of the Azzurri's Euro 2012 campaign. The Manchester City forward's antics have dominated the headlines in Britain throughout the season, leading to speculation that he would not be trusted to...
  • Online boycott just as bad as real one April 5, 2012

    Washington: People who are ignored by others online may feel just as bad as if they had been excluded in person, according to a new study. "If you've ever felt bad about being 'ignored' on Facebook you're not alone," said Joshua Smyth, professor of bio-behavioural health and of medicine at Penn...
  • Popular music promotes sexual aggression September 7, 2011

    Washington: Popular music promotes sexual aggression among adolescents, says a research. Researchers looked at the trend of rising use of sexually explicit lyrics in music. "Popular music can teach young men to be sexually aggressive and treat women as objects while often teaching young women that their value to society is...
  • Medicines for a better moral society? August 27, 2011

    Your colleague doesn't show up when a big deliverable is due. He is not answering his phone or responding to messages and the entire team needs to scramble to make up for his absence. He claims he was ill, though he has done this a number of times before. He...
  • Why some people are born 'yes men' April 20, 2011

    London: Some people are born 'yes men', thanks to their genes which make them more likely to follow other people's directives. Researchers found that coming to a decision often involves listening to two parts of the brain - one that relies on taking advice and the other on experience. The brain weighs...
  • Women more likely to have 'romantic regrets' March 24, 2011

    London: Women are more than twice as likely as men to have regrets about their romantic life. When it comes to admitting regrets, romance happens to be the most common source of nagging anxiety, particularly among women, according to an American researcher. In the field of romantic relationships, everyone seems to have...
  • Sleepless nights can trigger risky behaviour March 24, 2011

    Washington: A sleepless night can not only make us cranky and moody but also trigger euphoria, potentially leading to poor judgment and addictive behaviour. Researchers at the University of California and Harvard Medical School studied the brains of healthy young adults and found that their pleasure circuitry got a big boost...
  • Bottling up emotions can make you aggressive March 24, 2011

    Washington: Ever wanted to yell at your difficult boss, but swallowed your anger? Researchers say such acts of suppressing your emotions can actually be counterproductive, as it can provoke more acts of aggressiveness. The study, by the universities of Texas and Minnesota, can have an important bearing on reducing violence and...
  • When a couple, men, women don't think differently March 24, 2011

    Sydney: Men and women do not think, react and behave differently in a relationship, an Australian study has found. The study by Deakin University of Melbourne among 75 couples aged 19-63 and together for an average of 15 years, has found no evidence of gender differences, the Herald Sun reported. A team...
  • Happy people tweet together March 18, 2011

    London: The old adage that birds of a same feather flock together seems to be true even when tweeting. A team of researchers who have studied millions of tweets on the microblogging site Twitter found that happier people tend to tweet together and it's also true for those who are...
  • Self-control can provoke anger March 18, 2011

    Washington: Self-control is more likely to make you behave aggressively towards others. This is often seen with people on diets, who are prone to irritability and anger, says a new study. "We set out to examine whether exerting self-control can indeed lead to a wide range of angry behaviour and preferences...
  • Children still play the old schoolyard favorites March 16, 2011

    London: Children still enjoy playing traditional games like skipping and clapping in the playground despite the lure of mobile phones, computer games, and television, a study published on Tuesday found. Playground games are "alive and well ... they happily co-exist with media-based play, the two informing each other," it said. Contrary to...
  • Depressed dads more likely to spank their kids March 16, 2011

    Boston: New dads who suffer from depression are three times more likely to spank their babies than those fathers who have a happier state of mind, a new study says. Depressed fathers are also less likely to be involved in everyday parent-child activities like reading to their children, according to researchers...
  • Gender stereotypes develop in second grade March 15, 2011

    London: Gender stereotypes regarding mathematics may develop as early as the second grade, says a new study. Children applied the stereotype to themselves: boys identified themselves with the subject, whereas girls did not. The "maths is for boys" stereotype has been used as part of the explanation for why so few women...