Things we're reading today - 25th May 2023

This article talks about the impact of social media on teens and why it’s essential to understand the risks it poses to children. How do adolescents handle online relationships? Cyberbullying?

How safe is social media for children? The author talks about a few findings and the results of US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and his team synthesizing more than a decade of research into risks posed by social networks.

Is data really valuable? Data is not one thing, but different collections of information, each of them specific to a particular application, that isn’t interchangeable.

Data does not exist as one, single, unified thing, where you can just add every row and table of every different kind to one giant pool and get more and more insight.

In US tech hubs like New York and the Bay Area, how you make money dictates who you are. Over the past few decades, work has exceeded having friends as a source of meaning for Americans.

A phenomenon called ‘workism’ comes into the picture. Over the course of the twentieth century, work evolved from merely a job to a means of self-actualization.

To tie your self-worth to a job is to put your fate in the hands of an entity that won’t always be able to love you back. But when you see your work as one aspect among many that makeup who you are, you’re able to see your job for what it is: a living, not the entirety of your life.

A recent study suggests that anywhere between 6 to 13 percent of the plastic processed could end up being released into water or the air as microplastics. Tiny particles smaller than five millimeters have been found everywhere from Antarctic snow to inside human bodies.

There are growing concerns that recycling isn’t as effective of a solution for the plastic pollution problem as many might think. How does plastic recycling work? Will filters help?

Gen Z has been exposed to lots of other chaos in their young lives and now craves stability. This reflects their need to have a stable job and be financially stable. The causes are mostly the pandemic, job losses, and so on.

What job market is the class of 2023 entering? With the emergence of AI and a ton of other below-par macroeconomic factors, this has to be one of the toughest job markets for new grads.


Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has allowed retail trading of cryptocurrencies from June 1. This will allow licensed exchanges to sell to retail investors cryptocurrencies with large market capitalization and high liquidity, including bitcoin and ether.

After June 1, it will be a criminal offense to serve advertisements for unlicensed cryptocurrency exchanges.

Coinbase has hit back at the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in its ongoing lawsuit against the regulator, telling a court that its petition for a response about new digital asset regulation was still warranted.

At the center of the dispute is the longstanding debate over which digital assets should be considered security and thereby subject to SEC trading rules.

A backlash against companies taking on issues ranging from climate change to abortion rights is helping to push shareholder proposals to record numbers this year.

Companies are facing proposals from both sides of the political spectrum, dragging them into increasingly fractious conversations over environmental, social, and governance issues.

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I agree with the above statement… because it’s a solution to a negligible issue. I would recommend watching the documentary “Seaspiracy” to get a better understanding at the underlying problem.