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There are countless reasons out there for break-ups; infidelity, long distances, baby plans versus no baby plans etc. To each their own.

However, the latest research on break-ups among the age group of 23-year-olds to 30-year-olds has taken us majorly by surprise, but then again we’ve had a fair few arguments in the car.

According to recent data published by Ford, 20 percent of millennials admit to breaking up with their significant other because they were a backseat driver.

Many splits are a result of borderline ridiculous reasons, such as strange habits or annoying idiosyncrasies. We’ve dumped ex’s for chewing loudly, for example, and regret nothing.

Driving with a passenger who holds the seat dramatically whenever you move the car, who gasps at every turn and who disagrees with the route you’ve chosen to take can be incredibly frustrating.

Do they suck in their breath whenever you press the accelerator? Do they offer incessant criticism? Do they make you feel like an incompetent driver who should have to hand in your licence?

Yep, we know the type. They basically make you want to kick them out of the car while it’s still moving.

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Apparently other people disagree, and even use backseat driving as an excuse to dump their boyfriend or girlfriend.

“While backseat driving can be a very unattractive behaviour, it’s most likely that backseat driving was really just an example that in the relationship, this person may be aggressive, obtrusive, disrespectful, or selfish,” Jess Carbino, PhD, Bumble’s relationship expert sociologist, tells Cosmopolitan.

Does this mean that our passenger behaviour and our driving attitude reflects our personalities? We drive like a demented soccer mum, so this isn’t good news for us.

Tone is a major aspect of the bickering and nagging of a backseat driver argument. Try not to throw shade at anyone’s driving skills unless your life is actually endangered, or if somebody else’s vehicle is about to get damaged.

Assigning blame is never a good idea in scenarios like this, use neutral comments to keep the situation, and the driver, calm. Whether you have L plates, N plates or no plates at all, we can be sensitive about our driving abilities.

Have a post-car ride deep meaningful conversation so you can break down what went wrong instead of becoming silently sullen and passive-aggressive. We’ve all been guilty of it since ditching the L plates.

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Make sure to explain that you are frustrated with their comments, or unhelpful directions. Ask for constructive criticism, or help with the route itself. Try not to curse, even though it may be near impossible to resist.

“Don’t let what happened in the car influence the opinion or feelings you have for this person outside of the car,” says Carbino, from Bumble.

Leave it in the car or it could damage your love permanently. Unless they’re the type that keeps chanting, “Are we there yet?” over and over again. Then you should just end things before it’s too late.

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We all like to think that we are generous people. But when it really comes down to it, how many of us would be willing to put our money where our mouth is?

It's an interesting concept, are we really as generous as we think we are? How many of us are truly generous people?

Generosity can be measured in many ways: how much time we give to others, how much money we give, and how we can help people in other ways.

Overall, generosity is how much of yourself you give to others, be that time, money or anything else. You go out of your way to help others and care for their needs. Let's look into this further and see how generous we really are.

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What Does Science Say?

Let's start by looking at the science behind generosity. Acts of generosity are, in fact, proven to make us happier. A study from the University of Zurich showed that those who gave to others triggered a happier brain response as opposed to those who gave to themselves.

They were given a sum of money and one group chose to keep the money for themselves, while the other chose to give their money to others.

The study found that areas of the brain which are responsible for generosity and happiness had high levels of intensity in the participants who gave money to others. This result remained the same with higher and lower amounts of money given.

In fact, these neural responses stayed high even when the money was just promised to others! Helping others with even the smallest amount makes us happier people.

Maintaining generous habits could also make us happier in the long run. Another study on altruism has shown that older people who have lived a generous life have better health. It reduces stress levels and can even be as effective as lowering blood pressure!

So being generous doesn't only make you happier, it makes you healthier too.

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How Generous Are We, Though?

Now that we know that it's scientifically proven that generosity makes us happier and healthier, how many of us are actually doing it? Interestingly, evidence shows that people who are richer are less generous when it comes to money.

A study from Queen Mary University of London has shown that people with 'high status' contribute less to group efforts than those with 'lower status'.

In their study, participants were asked to play games for real cash prizes. Some were given a 'lower status' and others were given a 'higher status', and these would signify the wealth of the participants.

In the games played, participants would decide how much money they would keep for themselves and how much they would donate to the group amount to be shared amongst participants.

It found that overall, those with lower status would contribute a higher amount to the group amount than those with higher wealth status, despite the fact they had less to give.

Furthermore, those who earned a higher status label due to sheer luck while playing would go on to put less in the group amount and keep more money for themselves.

A survey conducted by Wink Bingo has shown that those who play games for money and win an amount of £50 would be unlikely to use their earnings charitably.

33% said they would save the cash, 19% said they'd use it to buy something for themselves, and a mere 2% said they would donate the money to charity.

However, the results also show that those who have more money are more likely to give their winnings away, contradicting the first study.

When asked about what they would do if they won £500, participants said that 34% would use it to pay off debts, 32% would treat their loved ones to a nice meal, 29% would buy gifts for their loved ones, and 6% would donate it to charity.

Are Women More Generous Than Men?

When it comes down to gender, who is more generous? Research conducted by the University of Zurich has found that the female brain responds more positively to selfless acts and the male brain has a stronger response to self-serving acts.

The study included sharing money amongst participants of 56 men and women. Neuroscientists found that areas of the brain responded to reward signals very differently for each gender.

Women were naturally predisposed to having stronger reward signals for kind acts of giving more money away than men.

However, scientists then went on to give medication to prevent dopamine from being released and continued the experiment.

It found that when on this drug, women were actually more selfish with their money and the men were more generous with giving their money away.

However, in the Wink Bingo survey, 4% of the men who won £50 would be more likely to donate some of the money to charity, whereas only 1 in 255 women would donate some of theirs.

But when the money was increased to £5000, 4% more women than men said they would donate some of their winnings to charity.

Age plays a factor too, as another study has found that 84% of baby boomers and women who are older would be more likely to donate their money to charity as opposed to men of a similar age.

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Overall, generosity is a very interesting and diverse thing. The amount of money we have plays a huge factor in how generous we are, and strangely enough, those with more money may be more likely to save their cash than give it away.

But it's not as clear-cut as that, gender and age have different attitudes towards generosity with money too. Perhaps we aren't all as generous as we like to think we are. But we can all make a conscious effort to be more giving.

After all, a small amount can make a big difference, and it does make us healthier after all!

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According to emerging figures released by the Save the Children charity, a staggering 30,000 teenage girls across the globe die as a result of pregnancy and childbirth on an annual basis.

The sobering statistics, which average out at a death every 20 minutes, indicate that pregnancy is the biggest cause of death among girls aged 15 to 19.

Seeking to tackle the worldwide problem, Save the Children highlights the importance of creating easier access to family-planning services.

Commenting on the figures, Kirsty McNeill of Save the Children stressed: "It’s unacceptable that so many young girls are dying simply because they don’t have access to contraceptives like condoms or the pill, or because of myths and cultural barriers."

"There are a number of often cultural issues and social taboos in countries," she continued. "There is really nothing controversial about girls and women getting to choose if and when they become pregnant, who with and how many children they have but access to modern contraception really does save lives."

"It’s clear more needs to be done," Kirsty added.

"Girls need to be given greater access to contraceptives, and contraceptives should be made free. We also need to ensure that myths about family planning are dispelled so that every girl feels empowered to decide what happens to her own body."

The 30,000 annual deaths stem from pregnancy-related problems such as bleeding and blood poisoning as well as complications arising from childbirth.

In 2016, Ireland had the highest birth rate in the EU and the joint lowest death rate.
 

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We all know make-up and tan is a multi-million business in Ireland – but we never truly realised how much we depend on it.

Skin care brand IMEDEEN surveyed women from all over the country and found some astonishing statistics on Irish beauty.

70% of Irish women wish they had better skin, yet 75% admitted they only spend a half hour or less on a skin care routine each day.

However, 94% think that other women look better without make-up, which we have to admit we understand.

How many times have you seen your BFF fresh-faced and thought she looked fab without a scrap of war paint on? Many times? Us too.

Yet, 40% of women feel more confident when wearing a full face of make-up everyday.

63% believe that the media are to blame for the pressure of women having look good all the damn time, but do we?

We won't lie, going without the usual cover-up can be hard, especially if you have issues with your skin, but knowing that we're all in the same boat gives us a little bit more confidence to reveal our real selves more often.

Now, put down that concealer!

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We are not now nor have we ever been a large country – but we are certainly getting bigger. 

In fact, when it comes to population growth, Ireland is booming. Last year, there were 4,605,500 of us knocking around; this year, that's swelled to 4,625,900.

According to Eurostat, we continue to have the highest birthrate in Europe, and the second lowest rate of deaths (behind only Cyprus): 66,500 babies were born here with only 29,300 deaths occurring. 

Gordon D'Arcy and Aoife Cogan welcomed a daughter in May

 

In contrast, 700,000 babies were born in Germany, but 875,000 Germans died.

However, with 16 percent of the total EU population (81.2million people), Germany continues to be the most populated EU country, ahead of France (66.4million residents) and the United Kingdom (64.8million residents).

On 1 January 2015, the population of the European Union was 508.2million, compared with 506.9 million the year before.

In March, Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy said the island of Ireland can expect to hit a population of 10million before 2050.

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So here we all were thinking that people use Snapchat the most for sending nudies, when really all you snapchatters just want is to share a laugh or a selfie.

A study from the University of Washington that polled 127 Snapchat users found that only 14% of users had sent sexts over Snapchat, and only 1.6% do so regularly.

We also thought that the big appeal of Snapchat was that the pictures can’t be saved, but according to researchers the thing people love the most is that it’s fun.

Interesting – so snapchatters are actually just a happy go lucky bunch. That’s us told!

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A new study has revealed that women cheating on their husbands has risen by more than 40% in the past 20 years.

This means that one in six wives cheat on their husbands, though the guys statistics haven’t changed – one in five men cheat on their wives, so it looks like we’re catching up. Not that that’s a good thing!

University of Washington sociologist, Pepper Schwartz says that the reason for this could be that women are more financially independent, and with social media we have greater opportunities to meet men.

Schwartz said: “They can afford the potential consequences of an affair, with higher incomes and more job prospects.

“They have more economic independence and may meet a better class of mate.”

Hmmm, we’re not sure if this is good news or bad news! On the plus side we’re making more money, but it doesn’t look like it’s bringing us too much happiness if one in six wives feel the need to cheat on their husbands.

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Electric Ireland have done a survey to find out the habits of Irish people when it comes to breaking up with each other, as part of their ‘Breaking Up With Bills’ campaign.

The results we’re pretty interesting – apparently 21% of us have broken up with someone over a text message or email. And men are twice as likely as women to misbehave, in order for their other half to do the dirty work.

Not cool guys, seriously.

If you made it through April with your relationship intact, you should be ok, as it’s the most popular month for breaking up. Whereas in October we must like cuddling up in front of the fire as the evenings get darker, as it’s the least popular month for break ups.

Social media is a tricky one for us to deal with post-break-up as well, one in three of us have de-friended an ex on Facebook, and more than half update their new relationship status immediately.

However, we’re an optimistic bunch at the end of the day, with 70% of people believing that it IS possible to be friends with an ex. Men in particular think this is very possible (though they weren’t the ones with their other halves misbehaving on purpose now were they?!)

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