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Feng Shui Colors For Harmony (1)

On summer, many of us feel the desire to add a little color into our homes.The colors are the easiest and cheapest way to bring a new look to our home and workplace, and in light of the economic “challenges” that can help raise the lowest mood with only a small budget and little effort.

In general, to create a psychological sense of stability and harmony is better to choose a more classic color choice for your home. I advise my clients to think in terms of tone, from the lightest beige to creamy rich dark chocolate tones, to create the best color palette for most homes and offices. After a lot of contrast – though this can be eye-grabbing – provides a sense of “unsettledness”, although it may work for advertising, which is why you see so much about it on television and in the design of <. P>

for the home or office in which the stress of hard control is a priority – more harmonious choice is always preferable, because after all, you’re going to be looking at it for several hours every day for weeks, months and years. Therefore, the aim is that the colors embrace you, do not shake all the time.

a few accents of dark or saturated colors are acceptable, but the overall impression of the room should be the ease and comfort.

Very saturated colors (such as the “higher”density or darker) usually provide high contrast and image the entire room with one of them, or more than one – may not be the best solution. De-saturated colors (such as “easier” or more “pastel” color families) are easier on the eyes and make you feel comfortable right away.

In addition, they reflect light and bring more light into the room, maximizing natural light, instead of dimming down, you need to use artificial lighting. You can understand now how dark the room is just not to call.

One of the most popular color trends for spring 2010 is the extensive use of gray or gray-based colors. I just read a design magazine today that said: “foggy gray and dark blue are the colors of the season, but those colors tend to remind me of rain, overcast skies and mud. The last thing you need to do is to introduce a cool color palette that depresses you, or worse, leads to a seasonal affect disorder!

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The new ‘digital natives’

In 2001 Marc Prensky ( http://marcprensky.com/) coined the terms digital native and digital immigrant.  In its simplest form a digital native is a person who has grown up in a world where they have always known and interacted with digital technology (computers).  An immigrant is someone who has known life before computers and therefore had to adjust to using them.

In Prensky’s mind you could differentiate between the two groups by age, with the general consensus being that natives were born between 1980 and 1994 (making the oldest 21 at the time of the article) and immigrants before 1980.  However, it is not the difference in age that Prensky argues is the main point, he claimed that digital natives have a natural and innate understanding of digital technology that is far superior to that of digital immigrants.

As you can imagine the original theory has been criticised on various levels.  Firstly, a range of scholars point out that the ‘accessibility’ of digital technology varies from home to home, indeed even in 2011, around 9 million people in the UK do not have access to the internet, and that number was around 30 million in 2001. Therefore it is feasible to say at least 50% (at the very least) of digital natives in fact had not interacted with computers or the internet whilst growing up and therefore could not develop their innate skills – because those born in 1980 would have been 21 by 2001.

Pointing out the issue of accessibility one should also reconsider the actual age brackets given by Prensky and a whole range of other scholars who have their own names for the same generation.  When we consider the massive advances in digital technology over the past 10 years both in accessibility and range of digital products, one must reconsider the age brackets put forward, was Prensky a little too quick on the trigger?

Children born in 1985, as I was, did not have access to the internet everyday whilst growing up, in fact I did not have a household computer until I was 13, and even then didn’t have broadband until I was 15. With this in mind I wanted to conduct research into the generation born after 1994, and compare their digital proficiency and attitudes to that of the original ‘natives’ and that of immigrants.

I used focus groups, surveys and an online discussion groups to collate the information I needed to discover whether a) digital natives and Immigrants were fundamentally different (because immigrants have lived through the advancement of digital technology too, have they caught up?)  and b) there was a ‘new’ generation of natives more advanced than Prenskys 1980-94 natives.

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