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Online Flirting: Is it Cheating?

 

By Claudia Balthazar

There’s a fine line between cheating and flirting. Boundaries between the two vary from couple to couple. There are always discussions about what’s considered cheating and what’s not. However, in today’s day and age, there’s one particular issue that falls in a gray area; online flirting.

Eighty-two percent of women believe online flirting is a form of cheating, according to the State of Dating Report, a study conducted by JDate and Christian Mingle; two online dating sites. Only 56 percent of men agreed it was considered cheating.

“It’s very hard to draw conclusions with regard to cheating,” Rachel Sussman, a New York-based marriage and family therapist and licensed clinical social worker said. “What is important to remember when looking at this stat [about women’s and men’s different definitions of cheating] is that the difference of opinion about this topic can create problems for relationships.”

Sussman partnered with JDate and Christian Mingle to analyze their findings. About 2,700 U.S. singles between the ages of 18 and 60 were surveyed.

One of the major reasons flirting could be considered cheating is many people believe it could lead to physical contact. Another finding the State of Dating study found was all women believed passionately kissing is considered unfaithful, compared to only 86 percent of men.

“Communication and talking it through before it becomes an issue is important to build trust and make sure both people in a relationship are on the same page,” Sussman said. Open communication is key for couples, she says, particularly on sensitive subjects like cheating. “When people start dating, there should be a talk regarding what the boundaries and lines are with cheating or similar topics. The more issues you can sort out early on, the less likely a problem will happen, particularly a relationship-ending issue.”

So the next time you’re confused about the difference between flirting and cheating, talk it over with your significant other, and they’ll let you know.

Published in Amour Creole Magazine, A magazine dedicated to French-speaking Caribbean readers living abroad, specifically Haitians.

http://amourcreole.com/online-flirting-is-it-cheating/?articl=article

 

Digital Trends Event Coverage: NYWICI Digital Trends Capital

By Claudia Balthazar
Last week, New York Women In Communications held their Digital Trends Capital event on February 19th as part of New York City’s first round of Social Media Week. During this event, panelists from all over the digital world expressed their ideas about the digital age and its impact on the Communications field.
Jennifer Preston, The New York Times journalist discussed her transition into the digital age. “It changed everything for me being that I was mainly in print.” This transition is what many reporters had to face when technology took over the world.
Through it all, this new transition has helped many people in the Communications field with the introduction to social media. “For everyone who is reinventing themselves, social media is wonderful,” Kendra Bracken-Ferguson, co-founder and partner of Digital Brand and Architects said. As Tammy Tibbets, founder and president of She’s the First puts it, “Media is the fuel to the engine of entrepreneurship.”
To many, social media makes the world a smaller place and allows people to develop things faster than ever before. “Through technology, you can create things quickly and at very little cost,” Amanda Hesser, co-founder of Food52 said, “Once I saw that, I never looked back.” And she spent eleven years at The New York Times. This shows how everyone could adapt to this digital age, and should.
The digital age will only progress. Keynote speaker, Rachel Haot, chief digital officer of the City of New York told to us about one of the city’s plans to incorporate coding into the high school education system.
Not everyone will be comfortable with social media at first, especially those who are transitioning into it. But there are programs like this that help people understand the importance of it and that show ways they can incorporate it into their everyday life.
“It’s nice to know that not everyone knows that much about social media and it’s okay to make mistakes as long as you keep going on,” said Ritza Yana, senior communications consultant for RYink. “And I think more and more people are willing to get involved,” added Deanna Utroske, content producer for Digital Book World.
Social Media Week will start back up again September from the 23rd to the 27th. For more information go to socialmediaweek.org

Published in the New York Women in Communications Inc. Student Blog, NYWICI Next

http://www.nywici.org/students/2013/2/27/digital-trends-event-coverage-nywici-digital-trends-capital

Political Figures and Experts Discuss Poverty in America at Brookings

The New Year is right around the corner, and while most people are probably worrying about their New Year’s Resolutions, there are still concerns about the fiscal cliff.

Depending on the President’s and Congress’ decision, America’s economy may have to face reduced spending for safety net programs and tax increases on higher income families to address the nation’s deficit. On Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, the Center on Children and Families at Brookings and Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, held an event at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. to discuss what’s in store for the next four years.

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Nassau Court Kiwanis Honors Own with Breast Cancer Fundraiser

Sixth annual fundraiser for Kathy Donegan held at Cornerstone Pub in Mineola.

By Claudia Balthazar, Hofstra

October 24, 2011

  
Members of the Nassau County Courthouse Kiwanis filled the Cornerstone Pub in Mineola last week for the sixth annual Kathy DoneganBreast Cancer fundraiser.

 The fundraiser is always held to honor Donegan, a prominent member of the NCCK who passed away in 2005.

“The idea to have a fundraiser at the Cornerstone Pub was Kathy’s idea,” NCCK vice President Patricia Harrington said. “She was a volunteer there [at the Adelphi Breast CancerHotline] and they were very helpful to her so she wanted to give back.”

Law clerks and attorneys from the Mineola courthouses were invited to serve as guest bartenders being given a crash course on basic duties. Tips received by the guest bartenders were contributed towards the fundraiser.

“I knew Kathy for many years. She was a dear friend of mine and I believe everyone who (volunteers) will do it in her honor,” Miriam Lemus of the Nassau County Court, who also was a guest bartender, said.

Numerous raffle drawings were also held with prizes including $400 in cash. All of the proceeds went to the Adelphi University Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program.

“Some years it’s not as well (attended) but I’m very happy with the way it turned out today,” Harrington said.

Published in the Mineola Patch