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Small talk reveals our key personality traits



Do you like small talk or is chit-chat meaningless and often awkward? Well, these traits could give away your personality

A quick search on Twitter shows many people hate small talk and complain it is surface level and a waste of time.

But a new study found four minutes of small talk gives away our personality, leaves a lasting impression, and affects subsequent social interactions.

Researchers recruited 338 people and paired them with each other. 

The participants were divided into two groups, either engaging in a four minute conversation by text or not communicating at all.

The results show people who chatted before the games performed better in understanding their partner’s personality.

Prof. Daniel Sgroi from the University of Warwick, co-author of the study said, “chit-chat might seem like a drain on time, but our research suggests it is an important way to learn about the personality of others and helps us better predict how they will behave in the future.”

And continued, “in other words, small talk matters.”

Researchers note, the study is an exploratory step toward future study into the links between personality impressions and strategic decision making in real-world contexts.


CNN begins mass layoffs



CNN has begun cutting hundreds of staff from its news operations around the world

CNN is eliminating some 400 positions around the world, equating to about 10% of staff.

The cuts come on top of the August closure of CNN+, which resulted in the departure of more than 200 employees.

Staff waited anxiously for a notification of a video call in which they would be laid off.

HLN will drop all live programming.

Its international quarters has also been impacted, with a loss of programming in London.

It comes after a tumultuous year for its new parent company, following the merger between Discovery and Warner Brothers.

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Lachlan Murdoch to appear in $1.6b lawsuit



Fox Corp boss Lachlan Murdoch is set to appear for a deposition hearing next week, as the defamation lawsuit against Fox News continues.

Dominion Voting Systems is suing Fox over false claims made in relation to voting machines, alleging they rigged the results of the 2020 election between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Dominion has argued the parent company played a role in Fox hosts in spreading misinformation about voter fraud, and is seeking $1.6 billion in damages.

Fox personalities including Tucker Carlson and Jeanine Pirro have already given evidence.

Requests to dismiss the case have been denied and neither side has shown signs of entering settlement talks.

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Who made your favourites list on Spotify?



Spotify has been unwrapped, showcasing top songs, artists and albums that have been listened to this year

Spotify users are sharing their most-streamed songs, artists and albums from 2022.

The annual Spotify Unwrapped puts together a list the streaming service’s most popular tracks each year.

Bad Bunny is the first to top Spotify’s most-streamed artist list three years in a row. The Puerto Rican rapper was behind 18.5 billion streams.

Taylor Swift came a close second, followed by Drake, The Weekend and BTS.

Meanwhile, Harry Styles’ ‘As It Was’ took out the top spot for most popular song.

Joe Rogan’s podcast finished the year on top.

The company likes to put a new spin on its lists, and this year gives users a glimpse into what your stream say about your overall taste.

They’ve worked out 16 listening personality types to best fit including The Replayer, The Specialist, and The Fanclubber.

There are also $40,000 messages of ‘thanks’ from artists for their top listeners.

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