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Painful New Cellphone Service Provider Lessons Learned

I learned a very painful lesson yesterday as I lost over 300 contacts in my cellphone when I decided to turn in my old cell to lease a new one while also transferring from Verizon to Sprint service. At the Sprint store that I traded in my old phone the Sales Reps very confidently tell their new customers to retrieve their contacts and apps from their old phone and transfer them to a new phone simply by synching a gmail account (where all the contacts and apps reportedly are backed up) with the new phone.  This technique did not work at all for me and because the contents of my old cell were immediately deleted after I turned it in, I’m now forced to start from scratch rebuilding all of my contacts and reloading apps. This lesson learned is all the more frustrating because the storage card from my old phone was inserted into my new phone. All that had to be done was to copy my contacts and apps onto the storage card before it was taken out of my old phone and inserted into the new one. To avoid a similar disaster in the future I’m now going to make sure, at a minimum each month, all of my cell contacts and apps are definitely downloaded to a gmail account as well as saved on my cell storage card. I also will be rebuilding my contacts by going through the call logs of the past 12 months of my old cellphone billing statements. However because the statement call logs don’t contain any names of the persons called I will have to blindly call some previously dialed numbers to determine who the numbers belong to. Keep the above issue in mind if you decide to trade in an old cell for a new one with a new service provider.

White people see “Black” Americans as less competent than “African Americans

Calling someone black instead of African American could cast the person in a more negative light, according to a new study.

The research, to be published this month in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, found white people characterize a “black” person as belonging to a lower socioeconomic status, being less competent, and having a less inviting personality than an “African-American” person. And this difference in perception could have an impact on African Americans in various settings, from the labor market to the criminal justice system.

Researchers, led by Emory University’s Erika Hall, came to these results by conducting multiple studies in which they asked different groups of white people to evaluate individuals and groups through hypothetical scenarios.

The Atlantic’s Joe Pinsker reported: In one of the study’s experiments, subjects were given a brief description of a man from Chicago with the last name Williams. To one group, he was identified as “African-American,” and another was told he was “Black.” With little else to go on, they were asked to estimate Mr. Williams’s salary, professional standing, and educational background.

The “African-American” group estimated that he earned about $37,000 a year and had a two-year college degree. The “Black” group, on the other hand, put his salary at about $29,000, and guessed that he had only “some” college experience. Nearly three-quarters of the first group guessed that Mr. Williams worked at a managerial level, while 38.5 percent of the second group thought so.

Previous research supports the results. A 2001 study from City University of New York researcher Gina Philogène also found the term “black” is associated with more negativity than “African American.”

And previous research unrelated to race has suggested that differences in language can be fairly important. A 1988 study from researchers Irwin Levin and Gary Gaeth, for example, found consumers are more favorable to ground beef that’s labeled as “75 percent lean” than beef described as “25 percent fat.”

Summarizing these findings for their recent study, Emory University’s Hall and her colleagues wrote, “Contrary to Shakespeare’s notion that ‘a rose, by any other name, would smell as sweet,’ studies have shown that the labels individuals apply to objects, ideas, or other people often affect their perceptions of and reactions toward those entities.”

Language matters, These differences in language can seem abstract, but researchers say they can have serious effects on public opinion and individuals.

For one, it could impact a person’s chances of gaining employment. If someone submits a résumé in which he describes himself as black instead of African American, the research suggests that it could raise bad connotations — potentially reducing the chances of getting hired.

The difference in language could impact criminal justice system, where racial disparities are already a problem. Researchers pointed out that presenting a defendant as black instead of African American could, based on the studies’ results, affect how a jury perceives the evidence presented to it and ultimately reaches a decision.

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