Study Says: Kids increasingly influencing parents’ buying decisions !

Parents are asking their kids for opinions before buying things, according to a new study.

Almost 40 per cent of the parents would consider their kids’ opinion but at least 20 per cent of parents would definitely consider their children‘s opinion, a study by Cartoon Network (CN) channel said here today.

“Kids continue to influence household decisions of purchase when it comes to white goods, with an average of 22 per cent parents definitely considering their kids’ opinions and an average of 44 per cent parents who may consider them,” it said.

Almost 23 per cent of parents who participated in the survey said they would definitely consider their kid’s opinion while purchasing a bike, while 44 per cent said they may consider it.

For whitegoods like refrigerators, nearly 46 per cent of parents said they may consider their kids’ opinion, while 21 per cent said they would definitely consider their kid’s choice before buying the product.

In case of microwaves, 40 per cent of the parents said they might consider their child’s opinion and 20 per cent said they would buy the product using the kid’s opinion.

The survey had a sample size of 3,700 parents with children from the age group of 4-14 years and 7,000 kids across 26 cities.

In terms of pocket money, the report found that 56 per cent of kids receive an average pocket money of Rs 275 but only 37 per cent of the kids save it. Further, 53 per cent kids received gift money with the average annual gift money being Rs 799.

The report also found that Nagpur is the city, in which kids receive the least pocket money (Rs 100), while in the North it is Rs 700.

When it comes to savings, only 37 per cent kids who receive pocket money said they save a part of the amount.

Piggy banks was the most preferred way of savings, followed by keeping the amount with parents.


Know Why Failure is Necessary?

Nobody wants to fail in his/her life, but failure is inevitable. Virtually it’s impossible to be immune from failure, one day everyone has to face it in any arena of life. But failure isn’t that bad as we perceive and it’s just a phase of life. Failure teaches us many things which we wouldn’t have otherwise learned from just being successful, like:

  • Value of Time: Time is the most precious thing in this universe, unfortunately its true value is only known after tasting the failure. The more early the failure comes into our life, earlier we become more smart. If one always gets success then gradually he loses value of time and success, it becomes routine for him. He might even become complacent. Once a person has tasted failure he will realize the value of time and will thrive for success.
  • True FriendsWhen we are in good pace we have lots of friends who are there are for us all the time. But only failure shows us who our true friends are! Chanakya was right in quoting that its adversity which shows our true friends! Only those who are with us in our thick and thin are our true buddies.
  • Our True worth: We all formed some perception about self, which is naturally different from our real self. Either we are over confident about self or we underestimate self. A failure provides us opportunity to do a self assessment and SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity and Threats) analysis and we discover our real self or near real self. This is the moment when we discover the hidden talents in us and we actually realise who we really are!

Every human goes from success to failures and vice versa, and the cycle goes on. This is life and we must always keep hope and be humble when we are successful and be calm when we face failures in our life. And most important we must be compassionate with people who are struggling with their failure. Failure makes us a good person!

Phones And Smokes: 10 Creepy Similarities!!

The parallels between mobile phones and cigarettes are on many planes.

Phones And Smokes: 10 Creepy Similarities

We’d all agree that cell phones are addictive: Most of us feel pangs of some sort if we’re kept away from them for extended periods. But I’ve noticed that the similarities between these two objects of passionate desire are disturbingly broad-ranging. Here are ten.

1. Addiction
First up is the most obvious: Cigarettes and phones are both addictive. Here’s a sober quote I found about this: “Cell phone dependency is now called compulsive communicating. Chain diallers call continually to get another fix.” One statistic — for what it’s worth — is from a survey commissioned by T-Mobile: “63% of smartphone users would climb through trash to find a lost phone.” That’s quite a bit like people on railway platforms looking for cigarette butts.

2. The Annoyance Factor
Smokers have long been a public nuisance, and for good reason: No-one likes smoke being blown in their faces. Cell phone users, on their part, have annoying ringtones, they talk loudly while ignoring others, and break the silence in movie theatres.

3. Distraction
It’s all too familiar these days: A group of people are at a table, and every half minute, one person looks at his or her phone to check a message — and sometimes leaves the table. Smokers leave tables in pretty much the same way, though not as frequently — and usually in pairs or groups.

4. Carcinogenicity
We’ve read a little too much recently about the dangers of electromagnetic radiation, which we needn’t repeat. But a month ago, the Italian Supreme Court ruled — not without controversy — that a man’s brain tumour was directly connected to his cell phone usage. And we needn’t mention the direct link between smoking and the dreaded C disease.

5. Brand Loyalty
Nokia fan. Marlboro Man. Fandroid. “I only smoke Camels.” We tend to attach some of our identity to our gadgets — and to the companies that make them. Much like smokers do with their brand.

6. Time Wasting
Most of us spend quite some useful time with our phones — and quite some useless time. The 10-a-day smoker spends about an hour and a half on his habit. In both cases, the user makes it look like he or she is doing something useful: If you stand and stare into space for five minutes at a stretch, you’ll easily hear people talking in whispers about your mental state. But if you stare at a phone doing nothing particularly useful — or if you smoke a cigarette — you’re OK.

7. Restricted Areas
Cell use and cigarette smoking are both banned in two interestingly diverse areas: Airplanes, and (in some areas) petrol pumps. The connection between petrol and radiation is not clear, but it was once a widespread idea that you could blow up a petrol pump by using a phone there. With cigarettes, that’s a reality.

Also, the areas where smoking would be most obnoxious — theatres and plush restaurants — are also those where loud callers seem more obnoxious. And on planes, people pluck out their phones immediately upon landing — while the smokers pull out their similarly-sized cigarette packs.

8. Physical Schematic
A phone needs an external actuating element (the charger); so does a cigarette (a lighter). A phone is divided into a top part (screen) and lower part (keypad); a cigarette has the white tobacco area and the brown filter area. If this connection seems far stretched, consider this: You can charge your phone using your car’s cigarette-lighter adapter.

9. The “Running Out” Phenomenon
When someone’s battery is dying, the hunt for a charger and/or a charging point is pretty stiff. So is a smoker’s hunt for cigarettes when he reaches the last couple in his pack. The element of panic is similar.

10. Taglines and the Lifestyle Element
“Live life kingsize.” “Life. (M)powered.” “Connecting people.” “Made for eafuch other.” Which of these are phone company slogans and which are smokers’ lines?

Of course, there is a long list of dissimilarities — for example, a cell phone serves a useful purpose, which cigarettes don’t. But is there more to these parallels than just imagination? What’s your take? (While you’re at it, check out the cigarette box cell phone — but only if you’re an incurable smoker.)

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