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Aug 9, 2018

Over a decade into the rollicking era of tweets and online posts, the nation is still grappling with the mores of online speech and conduct.

Aug 1, 2018

If you regularly watch TV, you’ve probably seen a cartoon bear pitching you toilet paper, a gecko with a British accent selling you auto insurance and a bunny in sunglasses promoting batteries.

Jul 31, 2018

BYU Radio/ Top of Mind with Julie Rose interviews UNLV sociology professor Simon Gottschalk: The pace of life and work has accelerated drastically in the past 70 years. Even in the last 10 years since phones got smart, things have sped up. What are the consequences of being connected and on-call all the time? Can anything be done to slow it all down?

Jul 25, 2018

The future of some of Nevada’s most well-known brothels is in voters’ hands, according to the Associated Press. A November ballot initiative seeks to shut down the four legal brothels in Lyon County, all of which are owned by Dennis Hof, who is currently running as a Trump-loving Republican candidate for the Nevada Legislature.

Jul 9, 2018

Last week I reported the news that deaths by suicide in this country are up 25 percent since 1999. According to federal data, deaths attributed to opioid overdose and alcohol abuse are now at the highest rate in 35 years. Life expectancy in the United States has dropped two years in a row, marking the first downturn in more than two decades.

Jul 6, 2018

Across the United States, more people of all ages are identifying as something other than male or female.

Jul 2, 2018

How often do you check your work email from home?

Jun 12, 2018

A campaign to end legal sex work in Nevada has spiralled into a war of words between a state assembly member and his challenger – a prominent local brothel owner.

Jun 11, 2018

It’s repeated so often that it goes largely unchallenged: In economically disadvantaged communities, young people are at extreme risk of drug usage, gang activity, violent crime and unplanned pregnancies.

Jun 8, 2018

With immigration matters constantly in the news, perhaps you may have heard of “mixed-status families.” Mixed-status families include members with different immigration statuses. For example, a common family combination in the United States includes undocumented parents and citizen children. There are approximately 16 million people in mixed-status families in the United States. Mixed-status families are nothing new and yet, current debates over immigration mean that these families are the targets of harmful rhetoric and policies. And, while families are deeply resilient, there are still a few actions we can take to support them. I share seven of these actions below.

Jun 8, 2018

Sex workers and adult film actors spoke out today as Rudy Giuliani doubled down on comments he made about Stormy Daniels, saying she has no "reputation" or "credibility" because of the work she does.

Jun 8, 2018

In his new book, “The Terminal Self: Everyday Life in Hypermodern Times,” University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) sociology professor Simon Gottschalk examines the social and psychological toll of increasingly online lives on work, education, family life, interactions, our sense of self, and more.

Jun 7, 2018

Modern life seems to encourage acceleration for the sake of acceleration – to what end?

Jun 6, 2018

In an “always on” society — where we carry mini computers in our pockets at all times that are capable of solving nearly any problem or desire with a tap, pinch, or click — we can’t seem to escape the ever-increasing role that computer technologies play in our lives.

Jun 6, 2018

Is this "new normal" quite so normal when it comes to your health?

Jun 5, 2018

In an age of incredible advancements that can enhance our human potential and planetary health, why does daily life seem so overwhelming and anxiety-inducing?

Jun 5, 2018

Brazil is the country with the highest rate of people with anxiety disorders worldwide.

Jun 5, 2018

In this 24/7, “always on” age, doing nothing may seem unrealistic, but one sociology professor says that it is essential for creativity and innovation.