Can you become addicted to news? – PR Week Post #34

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Sorry I have been away for so long.  A short, eight day family trip to Mallorca turned into a 16 day marathon of a break by the time I returned home.  I had planned to blog whilst I was ‘trapped [on a beach]’ but navigating the PRWeek blog control panel using a Spanish language computer got the better of me.

Anyway, whilst enjoying my extended holiday, I was stuck by an addiction.  No, it was not an addiction to lounging by the pool with a beer in my hand, but rather an addiction to round-the-clock news channels.  In our apartment we had access to the 24hr Sky News Channel and from the moment the Icelandic volcano erupted, until the moment flights started to take off, I felt compelled to watch the TV.  I watched whilst journalists reported from empty check-in halls in Manchester and motionless runways in London and I listened to interviews from ministers, aviation experts, weather forecasters and volcanologists. It was truly bizarre.

That however was not the end of it because in between these reports were the ever changing ‘Election 2010’ opinion polls to keep me occupied. I watched marginal fluctuations of various red, blue and yellow graphs at various stages of the day and sensed my eyes glaze over as the pundits picked over the days campaigning.

Sitting at my desk, I am now craving the repetitive reporting more than ever before.  I think I am addicted.  Is there an antidote?  More work perhaps…

These are just the facts… – PR Week Post #33

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According to a new survey conducted by Lloyd’s Pharmacy, men are twice as likely to be promiscuous as women.

Reports in the ExpressTelegraph and Metro all infer that men are “…putting themselves and their partners at risk of diseases with 13 per cent admitting they have had unprotected sex with more than one partner in the past five years.” This compares to only seven per cent of women have taken such a risk. based on this surveyed, men also have double the rate of chlamydia (13 per cent versus six per cent of women).  Interestingly, only 28 per cent of men and 38 per cent of women had actually taken a sexually transmitted infection test.

Lloyd’s Pharmacy Head of Sexual Health – Clare Kerr – said the findings “Fueled concerns that men were delaying tests until they had symptoms.”  she concluded: “This is particularly worrying as many STIs don’t have obvious symptoms, so men could be putting themselves and their partners at risks by delaying tests.”

Nothing like a little controversy for after a bank holiday weekend.