When it comes to commercials, Life Inc. readers seem to prefer the sound of silence.
A post this week on a new law mandating that commercials have to be close to the same volume as the show that goes on around them brought sighs of relief from many readers.
“Thank You!!! I HATE loud commercials-I ALWAYS mute (but sometimes not fast enough),” one reader wrote.
Under the law, the commercial volume has to be within a range of 2 decibels (db) of the programming around them. That’s in contrast to the often jarring increases in sound that sometimes happens when the commercial break hits.
Even without the legislation, many viewers said they are already taking things into their own hands, or remotes.
About 36 percent of the nearly 23,000 people who took our poll said that they hit the mute button when the commercials come on, while another 34 percent said they change the channel.
About 29 percent said they use the DVR to fast-forward through the commercials, avoiding the whole problem altogether.
I RECENTLY found myself in a position where I had some moral qualms about a writing assignment. No, it wasn’t for this publication, and no, I wasn’t being asked to make up quotes or leave out pertinent facts. But I was being asked to phrase things in a way I didn’t feel totally comfortable with.
I spoke to the editor without much luck. I debated what to do. Should I withdraw the article, though it would cause considerable problems to the editor at this late date? Should I ask for my byline to be removed?
In the end, I decided to let the story run. But I vowed I would never write for the publication again.
The incident made me reflect on how things can seem so black and white when you’re outside a situation, and yet so difficult when you’re entangled in it. How do we find a framework for addressing ethical issues in our everyday lives?
“They’re not, ‘Well everyone else is doing it, so it must be O.K.,’ ” she said. The Web site for her center lays out other things ethics are not: they aren’t the same as feelings, because many people feel good even though they are doing something wrong. And often our feelings will tell us it’s uncomfortable to do the right thing if it is hard.
A good starting point for change are the inefficient pre-departure processes travelers must undergo – a whopping 72% of travelers surveyed cited those annoying and time-consuming series of ordeals as their main gripe with airports.
The good news? Amadeus is betting that in the very near future technology can eliminate most if not all of these travel headaches, creating a better passenger experience that’s miles away from the current situation.
Here’s a look at how the airport experience can evolve in three key areas – check-in/baggage, security screening and boarding.
Check-In/Baggage. Bar coded boarding passes and the ability to check-in online via computer or mobile device are the status quo, but as early as 2015 designated check-in areas of the airport could be obsolete as travel documents enabled with RFID automatically check-in passengers upon airport arrival. Baggage checking is increasingly becoming self-serve, but there’s room for improvement – 57% of frequent fliers surveyed requested permanent electronic bag tags allowing for faster, more secure handling.
Strange Random Airport Quote:
“Anything to declare? the customs inspector said.
“Two pound of uncut heroin and a manual of pornographic art,” Mark answered, looking about for Kity.
All Americans are comedians, the inspector thought, as he passed Parker through. A government tourist hostess approached him.
“Are you Mr. Mark Parker?”
― Leon Uris, Exodus
- Boy boards plane without passport (bbc.co.uk)
- I’ve changed my mind – we do need a new airport (standard.co.uk)
- Two New Ways To Avoid Airport Lines (forbes.com)
- Maldives Not Planning On Drowning After All! (stevengoddard.wordpress.com)
- At the airport? Beat the impulse buy bug! – Confused.com (confused.com)
According to a poll conducted on behalf of CreditCards.com, nearly 7% of the more than 1,000 adults surveyed admit to hiding a secret financial account from their spouse or partner. Two-thirds of those responding said they have a hidden credit card account, and 45% have a secret savings account.
Understandably, perhaps, individuals who have not formally tied-the-knot and are simply living together are much more likely to keep part of their financial life hidden from the other person in the relationship.
Thanks to online access and paperless statements, it’s easier than ever before to live a double life. Ben Woolsey, director of marketing and consumer research at CreditCards.com, says people can easily hide their financials by having statements sent to work.
“Men are more likely to have secret credit card accounts, which allow them to make transactions outside the view of their partners.” On the other hand, women are three times more likely to hide a savings account, perhaps indicating a lack of security.
“This behavior has been around since the dawn of relationships. It is driven by fear and lack of trust,” says Allan Pass, director of National Behavioral Science Consultants and a licensed psycho-therapist in Adams Township, Penn. “People fear that when love leaves, so does the chattel.”
In addition, money has long been recognized as a source of power in a relationship. In Woolsey’s view, socking away your own private stash can represent a “rebellion against control, especially on the part of the lower earner.”
According to Dr. Karen Ruskin, a therapist and relationship expert in Sharon, Mass,“Women don’t want to feel they have to ask [for permission to spend money]. When you’re deciding for yourself, you get to be in control.”
Strange Random Money Quote:
“Don’t tell me where your priorities are. Show me where you spend your money and I’ll tell you what they are.” – James W. Frick
- Financial infidelity: Hidden credit cards most common (cbsnews.com)
- Tips for Credit Card Debt Reduction (ally.com)
- Guarding Against Inflation (money.usnews.com)
- Financial Infidelity Can Strain A Marriage (pittsburgh.cbslocal.com)
- Money & the Law: Fraud liability for debit, credit cards differs (gazette.com)