The positivity problem: why online star ratings are too good to be true | Life and style

Researchers have found that reviews on websites like Yelp and Amazon are overwhelmingly positive – something they believe renders star ratings unreliable. A new study published in Nature has shown that upwards of 80% of online reviews rate items with four or five stars. That creates what they’ve termed the Continue Reading

From the archive: could a computer predict the result of the 1970 World Cup? | Life and style

A computer with less power than your phone had sent men to the moon in 1969, so getting one to predict the 1970 Mexico World Cup winner for the Observer Magazine should have been nailed on (‘Can England do it again? Computer forecast of the World Cup winner’, 10 May Continue Reading

Amazon’s denial of workers peeing in bottles sparks questions and backlash | Life and style

To paraphrase one of the most iconic tweets of the past 10 years, Amazon’s recent denial about employees not being forced to urinate in bottles at work has people asking a lot of questions already answered by the denial. In a tweet sent last night, the official Amazon News account Continue Reading

‘A letter tells someone they still matter’: the sudden, surprising return of the pen pal | Life and style- Tempemail

A few months ago, when the rules had been sufficiently relaxed to allow friends to sit together outside, Liz Maguire had coffee with a woman she had never met. The pair had already been communicating for months, and quickly fell into easy conversation. Later on, this woman tweeted about their Continue Reading

Monkeys and eggplants: how do men and women use emojis differently? | Life and style- Tempemail

It’s 2021, and despite some great advances in space exploration, we are no closer to really knowing whether men are from Mars and women are from Venus. In fact, the growing consensus is that we’re all from Earth, and people are more complex than we usually give them credit for. Continue Reading

Style with a twist: stars turn to playful pigtails to tame lockdown hair | Fashion- Tempemail

With an appointment at a professional hairdressers now a distant memory, stylish women have taken to creative ways to tame their lockdown locks. The latest solution is a hairstyle more commonly associated with schooldays: pigtails. Grown-up, glamorous women have taken to wearing plaits. Kim Kardashian West, famous for her long Continue Reading

Fit in my 40s: a virtual rave with sabers and songs – what’s not to like? | Life and style

When somebody suggested Beat Saber to me, I wasn’t interested. First, it looks rather intimidating from the demo videos: you’re inside a virtual reality headset, with a controller in each hand, which resembles a swishing lightsaber on your screen. You have to slice through bright blue and red blocks as Continue Reading

Why has the Brazilian butt lift become so popular? – podcast | Life and style- Tempemail

Rachel Humphreys talks to Guardian writer Sophie Elmhirst about the increasing popularity of the Brazilian butt lift (BBL) which is the fastest-growing cosmetic surgery in the world. Since 2015, the number of butt lifts performed globally has grown by 77.6%, according to a recent survey by the International Society of Continue Reading

‘My soupmaker is so quick!’ 15 lockdown buys that helped Guardian readers | Life and style

A treadmill Not only has my new treadmill seen me through lockdown, it’s also keeping me on an even keel, as I live in a crowded area and don’t really enjoy running outside any more. I use it almost every day, along with an app called Zombies, run! or while Continue Reading

I found peace in an unexpected corner of the internet: nun Twitter | Life and style- Tempemail

There is a Rumi poem – it is my favourite. “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,” writes the 13th-century mystic, “there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” I feel this way about religious Twitter. Regular Twitter is so much shouting, and nonsense, and people competing with each other Continue Reading