Joining the likes of Barbie and Beyoncé, the hamburger and powered flight, it seems that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two more American imports that have taken up a permanent berth in the British consciousness.
his isn't really an article about tinder anyway, it's another gentle reminder about how we allow social networking into our lives and whether we keep, as individuals and a society, these harmless, convenient, and fun tools for interaction in check.
I've recently joined the social-break bandwagon. This is slightly ironic, as I'm the founder of a digital marketing agency. As a self-confessed social media addict, I took myself off work, email and social media for a month. I really missed it but learnt a lot about how and why I was sharing so much.
Approximately 15million girls worldwide are married each year - that's one girl, aged under 18, married off against her will every two seconds. Married to a man chosen for her, sometimes two or three times her age, and who she may never lay eyes on until the day of the ceremony.
Don't fall into the trap of buying something just because it's heavily discounted, the clock is ticking and the flash sale is about to end - this is what shops want you to do! It's easy to be tempted, but if something's not on your list, walk away.
As the stereotype goes, geeks are weird and socially inept. All you have to do is look at TV, news and the other elements of popular culture to find out why. Think back to watching cartoons like Dexter's Lab and you'll notice how from a young age we are fed the notion that geeks are unfashionable.
The idea of a 'water cooler moment' seems very quaint now. We all know that we consume television in an entirely different way. Apart from sporting events and certain national occasions, television is shifting more and more away from a linear to a non-linear experience.
Video game creation has long evolved from the one-man development that was once possible in the early 1980's. New complex hardware and ever expanding expectation from consumers has driven both growth and investment, not only expanding the core development team, but also utilising specialists resources around the globe.
The 'hook-up culture' that is so often blamed on dating apps isn't created by them - if it exists, it is created by a change in our attitudes more generally. We are more liberal in our thinking, and our use of any means of finding a partner reflects this, rather than the other way around.
It's argued we're becoming less sociable, more depressed, and that social media is corroding traditionally formed relationships, resulting in a rise in mental health issues, especially in young people.
Such high-profile attacks make it clear that hackers are continually looking for new ways to conduct cybercrime, based on society's ever-growing dependence on the Internet. The vulnerability of confidential information only amplifies the threat.
This is a Lara who is doubtful of herself and repentant for killing - not that that stops her killing more and more enemies in an expanding variety of ways. This has been the cost of connecting more to her human side.
Morally the blank slate is indefensible as well as intellectually. Is it better to say that discrimination is wrong because everyone is indistinguishable, or that we have free will because people's actions are mysterious? Well no Dr. Pinker rightly points out.
In the last fifteen years the world has been irreversibly changed by technology. People do jobs today that did not even exist when they were at school. You can now be a social media manager, a specialist on search engine optimisation or a sales executive for online advertising.
Last week, in honor of Global Women Entrepreneurship Day, I took part in a panel discussion celebrating female entrepreneurial success stories in the Copenhagen UN headquarters.
The risk of losing out on sales, no matter if they are heavily discounted means that the lure of one-off sales days is an itch that must be scratched. However, that one day of sales is bad for both businesses and consumers and is a model that is unsustainable.
You've probably noticed that Christmas marketing campaigns started at least a month ago and at this point it's all systems go. We've had John Lewis' 'Man on the Moon', the Coca Cola truck tour has been announced and the vast majority of retail outlets are covered in tinsel and fairy lights already. This can only mean one thing, Black Friday is looming large.