Look Like a Star for the Holidays

Here’s a ratio that prevails at far too many holiday parties: 99 percent vanity, 1 percent fun. Well, what did I expect? ’Tis the season for obsessing about extra pounds, flab, wrinkles, brown spots, dingy teeth and thinning hair — not only mine but those of the people I hold dear (or simply happen to be near). My voyeuristic proclivities, fanned by 30-plus years as a beauty editor, turn every kiss and hug into a chance to surreptitiously look and …

Los clubes deportivos más populares en las redes sociales

Los estadounidenses inventaron Facebook y Twitter, pero en lo que al deporte se refiere son Barcelona y Real Madrid, los archirrivales de la liga española de fútbol, los que encabezan la lista de los equipos deportivos con más seguidores mundiales en las redes sociales, de acuerdo con la lista de la revista Forbes. El primer equipo norteamericano que aparece en la clasificación es el equipo de básquetbol de Los Angeles Lakers, apenas en el noveno lugar. El Barcelona, que cuenta …

Adult Children: Put the Phone Away and Let’s Talk

As a college professor, I made a radical decision about a year ago: I banned smartphones and laptops during class. Honestly, I can’t compete with Facebook or an Internet flash sale or texts from friends. My students now take their notes the old-fashioned way with pen on paper. And it turns out that students who take notes by hand learn better. Now I’d like to do the same with cellphones at home and social gatherings. The biggest generation gap is …

Thumbs-Down: The Facebook ‘Dislike’ Scam

You may like the news that Facebook is working on a much-anticipated “Dislike” button. But don’t be too eager to test it out. On Facebook news feeds, there are posts claiming that you can get early installation of a Dislike button on your profile. Don’t believe it. If you click on the link, you’ll be directed to “intrusive surveys in an attempt to gather your personal information as well as asking for your account credentials,” reports Hackread.com, which broke the …

Airline Ticket Scams Take Flight on Facebook

Airline ticket scams are flying high once again. In recent weeks scammer-run campaigns on Facebook have spoofed several airlines – including JetBlue, Virgin, United and Delta – in promising free flights (and with Delta, merchandise and cash prizes, too). Don’t be fooled. The airline “names” change frequently; Southwest and Australian-based Qantas were imitated four months ago in similar schemes, and most of the current victims have been falsely implicated in past “free ticket” scams. In other words, by next week …

‘I Love You, but It Hurts’

Q: I have a genetic condition that makes my bones and joints stiff and painful, giving me absolutely NO interest in sex. In fact I couldn’t care less if the next man who touches me is the coroner! As you might imagine, my husband is not thrilled about this state of affairs; he could have sex two or three times a day. I offer to please him, but now he wants me to “get into it,” too, and I just …