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Science Says Millennials Don’t Give a Crap About Lame Office Cell Phone Rules

She's pulling in a mill as we speak. (Photo via Getty)

Millennials may be rubbish at moving out of our parents’ houses, saving for retirement and talking about things that aren’t ourselves, but we’re good at one thing: staring at our smartphones. And by God, you can’t take that away from us.

Case in point, a new poll from computer security company Fortinet proves that white-collar workers ages 21 to 32 don’t give a toss about your arbitrary workplace texting rules, the Washington Times reports. Read More

The Youngs

Call Me Einstein Because Twitter Is Actually Making People Smarter, Science Says

Baby-sitters' club. (Photo: Getty)

Some scientific evidence has finally proven what we at Betabeat have known for eons: typing away at your iPhone or laptop all day makes you smart. Like, really smart.

Haters and those fearful of change like to clutch their pearls over the idea that the omnipresence of technology and social media makes people dumber. Check the noun-verb agreement in that last sentence and you’ll realize that couldn’t be farther from the truth. In reality, the spotty youths of today can “write and think far better than in the past,” The Globe and Mail asserts. Read More

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On Social Media, Young Artists Blur the Boundary Between Performance and Life

Comedians Cole Escola (l) and Jeffery Self went from YouTube to cable TV and back again (Logo)

Jeffery Self and Cole Escola—a young comedy duo who parlayed YouTube success into two seasons of a cable TV sketch program—played two sold-out shows in New York this weekend, their first since splitting three years ago.

Separately, each has continued a trajectory of online mini-celebrity—especially Mr. Self, who moved to Los Angeles in 2010 and closely chronicles his personal life on social media.

Millennial, fearless and wildly funny, Jeffery and Cole exemplify a new generation of digitally native performers. But their audience is confronted with a challenge: when artists choose to broadcast their most private moments on social media, where is the boundary between life and performance?  Read More