Aromatherapy Made Easy

Society Staff Writer | Reagan Main | rm781614@ohio.edu

With midterms approaching, we’re all looking for ways to alleviate our stress. Finding time for self-care is difficult when you also have to balance work, studying and a social life. However, simple and natural help is available. Aromatherapy, an alternative medicinal practice that uses essential oils to promote wellbeing, could be the easy cure to stress that you’re looking for.

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Silent Majority? More like Silent Minority!

Lifestyle Staff Writer| Amber Huntzinger | ah972815@ohio.edu

 *EDITORIAL NOTE: “Names within the article were changed or withheld by request of the interviewees for reasons regarding safety and privacy.”

Protests have been dominating college campuses all over the world, as students feel increasingly scared and anger. People are looking to change and stop President Donald Trump’s policies.

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Best Chrome Extensions for the Average College Student

Lifestyle Staff Writer| Alexis McCurdy| am447915@ohio.edu | Twitter: @AlexisMcCurdy14

Issues with productivity, memory, or money? Most college students face at least one of these at some point in the semester, if not all at the same time. More often than not, Google Chrome extensions can solve the problem – or at least alleviate the pain. Here are the 10 best Chrome extensions that won’t make life completely stress-free, but might make it just a little bit easier.

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4 Devices of the Future told by the Consumer Electronics Show 2017

Society Staff Writer | Ben Vizy | bv531614@ohio.edu

Every year since 1967, Las Vegas has hosted the Consumer Electronics Show, a gigantic convention that gives tech and design companies the opportunity to show off new products and prototypes. Today the event is so large, it would be nearly impossible to see everything, with booth after booth demonstrating new ideas for mass consumers. Continue reading 4 Devices of the Future told by the Consumer Electronics Show 2017

What Really Was the Women’s March?

Lifestyle Staff Writer| Josephine Celeste| jc276114@ohio.edu

You all have heard something about the march – whether it be positive or negative. You probably even know someone who went to one, considering there were over 600 sister marches. I went to the march in D.C. with my mom, cousin, and aunt while staying with my godfather and his family – just a few metro stops from where the march occurred.

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OU Students attend Women’s Marches all over Midwest and DC

Lifestyle Staff Writer| Ben Vizy| bv531614@ohio.edu

On January 21, 2017, the newly inaugurated President Trump’s first full day in office, millions of women took to the streets all over the country in protest against the man they feel will put their rights in danger. Over 500 cities hosted marches, including at least seven major cities in Ohio. Among this crowd were women of all walks of life, including — quite often — college students.

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Craft Shop Breaks from Ordinary

Lifestyle Staff Writer| Alexis McCurdy| am447915@ohio.edu | Twitter: @AlexisMcCurdy14

Nestled on Shafer Street is a craft shop incorporating art, spirit and culture in one hub. Beads and Things lies in the west residential area of Athens, absent of littered beer cans. Its robust red hue, with pops of pink and colorful lanterns that frame the shop offer a refreshing view compared to that of many weekend nights spent on Court Street.

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Lineup for 2017 NumberFest Announced!

Raichel Jenkins | Editor-in-Chief | rj790813@ohio.edu

With over 20,000 people in the audience last summer for the Chainsmokers and Fetty Wap, the 15th NumberFest is highly anticipated. I could go on about the event but we all know what a fantastic concert this year’s fest will be. Now to what you’ve been really waiting for, the lineup!

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International Love: Popular Dating Apps Across the Globe

Lifestyle Section Editor| Sydney Dawes| sd983213@ohio.edu

For twenty-somethings such as junior Allie Sharrock, Tinder is the go-to for desires of the romantic nature.

“According to Carvaka, Tinder is not the most popular dating app worldwide. Image used with permission.”
According to Carvaka, Tinder is not the most popular dating app worldwide. Image used with permission.

“I think it’s very user-friendly, and I believe it’s the most commonly used dating app,” Sharrock said. “It’s useful because it gives me the opportunity to talk to and flirt with a plethora of people.”

Although Tinder remains popular among teens and young adults in the States, the youth of other nations gravitate toward other dating apps.

In a 2015 infographic provided by Carvaka, a UK-based sex toys company, regions such as South America, Western Europe, South Africa, Spain, and the Pacific islands tend to favor another dating app: Badoo.

Badoo was founded in London, England and boasts an impressive 334 million users, and counting. Badoo also owns or powers several other dating and social apps, such as Lulu and Blendr. According to Badoo, users send roughly 350 million messages collectively per day. On average, 400 thousand new users sign up for Badoo daily.

The college-aged tend to use dating apps or dating sites more than other demographics, and men use them more than women, according to Carvaka. Image used with permission.
The college-aged tend to use dating apps or dating sites more than other demographics, and men use them more than women, according to Carvaka. Image used with permission.

Badoo operates similarly to Tinder: you can match with someone to start a conversation (although you check “yes” or “no” for each profile you view instead of swiping right or left). Other features allow Badoo users to view and chat with people in their area, as well as search for people abroad. Although it’s free to sign up for Badoo, users can purchase access to certain features that allow them to contact people without “matching.” What makes Badoo a little different from other apps is that female users can add “secret comments” to guy’s profiles, alerting other women of negative qualities or giving a digital stamp of approval.

Carvaka reports that dating apps have increased in popularity among 18 to 24-year-olds, moving past online dating sites. However, this demographic uses dating services (whether mobile or online), more than any other age group.

Badoo and Tinder dominate the dating app game, but other apps maintain popularity in China and Russia, such as Momo and Frim, which operate like chat room/instant messaging services. Similarly, some European countries (where German tends to be the predominant language) favor the app Lovoo. This dating service allows users to view people in their area or match with people Tinder-style. Countries in Asia have a wide variety of smaller apps (that focus more on their geographic location) they use to find romantic partners or friends.

Carvaka’s research shows Tinder is downloaded more in the Northern hemisphere than it is in the Southern hemisphere. Image used with permission.
Carvaka’s research shows Tinder is downloaded more in the Northern hemisphere than it is in the Southern hemisphere. Image used with permission.

Dating apps such as these take away from the anxiety of getting to know a person romantically.

Sharrock would agree in regards to Tinder: “It makes it easier for me to meet people especially because I’m shy.”

Although these apps have various features, they all share desirable traits: the ability to chat with someone before meeting them, to meet people one may have never stumbled upon and to make rejection less severe.