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LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, has launched LinkedIn Opportunity Index 2020. The Index is a composite measure that seeks to understand how people perceive opportunity and more importantly, the gaps in getting to those opportunities. The research surveyed over 30,000 respondents in 22 markets globally.

According to the research, people want to find opportunities that allow them to pursue their passion, have work-life balance, and job security. However, people generally feel that lack of financial resources, ageism and a difficult job market stand in the way of finding those opportunities.

Pockets of optimism amidst uncertain economic outlook for 2020

Globally, people feel pessimistic about the state of their economy, but there are signs that this perception is changing. While 46 per cent of respondents said that they feel their economic situation has gotten worse in the past 12 months prior to the survey, only 40 per cent said they feel the situation will worsen in the next 12 months. This glimmer of hope is further underscored by 45 per cent of respondents who feel confident about finding better opportunities this year.

“This research gives us a sense of how confident people are that there is an opportunity out there for them. It’s comforting to see that despite the backdrop of worry about all that is going on in the world, people are still encouraged about their opportunities to get ahead,” said Karin Kimbrough, Chief Economist at LinkedIn. “But we also know that the way we live and work is changing rapidly, and that people across the globe will have to adapt and adjust to take advantage of the opportunities the new economy will bring. It’s on each of us to create the environment that helps people reach their ambitions -- to help people take risks or invest in themselves so they earn skills and experience, and build networks that help them get the jobs they want.

This year, developing markets, India, Indonesia, China, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the Philippines felt most optimistic about opportunities - driven by people’s confidence in their economic growth potential, as well as their confidence in gaining access to and pursuing opportunities they identified as important. People in Mexico and Brazil also demonstrated strong optimism overall.

On the other hand, the more developed markets such as Japan, France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom placed below the baseline score of “100”. This denotes less optimism than others, as people in these markets expressed concerns over economic outlook, and generally felt more cautious about their chances of accessing and achieving success with opportunities that are relevant to them. The United States is an exception - while it’s one of the world’s most developed nations, people are still optimistic about the availability of opportunities and confident in achieving success at these opportunities despite a weaker economic outlook.

The global workforce is the backbone of the world economy, and to sustain economic growth, an understanding of the way people access opportunity is very important. Over time, by measuring how people around the world perceive their access to opportunity, LinkedIn aims to engage in a global dialogue on creating economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce.

Ability to pursue one’s passion, achieve work-life balance and job security matter the most, but lack of financial resources, age and the job market stand in the way

About 40 per cent of the respondents want to pursue their passions and attain work-life balance and 38 per cent are striving for job security, globally. For half of the Boomers surveyed, keeping their bodies and minds active is the top priority. In Asia Pacific and the UAE, work-life balance is the top most desired opportunity, while in Europe and North America, it is about pursuing their passions. In Brazil and Mexico, job security and stability are the most important for them.

Globally, the lack of financial resources (24%), age (21%) and difficult job market (21%) stood out as the top three opportunity gaps that stand in the way of achieving opportunities. In fact, about 45 per cent of Boomers highlighted their age as the main roadblock as they pursue an active lifestyle and their passions at work. While often recognized as a barrier for older workers, age also manifests itself as a barrier in a different way for younger workers (Gen Z), such as a lack of work experience (25%) and confidence (21%), as well as the lack of direction and guidance (13%).

Age as a barrier is the most pronounced in Europe, as well as in Australia and Japan with an aging workforce. This reflects a sense of anxiety in face of uncertain macro-economic outlook coupled with factors like age, which require a mindset shift. Contrary to popular belief, people are not resistant to change. While working hard (81%) tops the list of what it takes to get ahead in life, willingness to embrace change (80%) came in a close second. People recognize that they have to work hard; and adopt a growth mindset and lifelong learning, as the economic landscape and job market evolves.

Businesses’ role to make the multigenerational workforce work

With longer lifespan, people are working well beyond their retirement years - making multigenerational workforce a reality among businesses with up to four generations of employees working together for the very first time. This calls for businesses to recognize that the different age groups can complement and help one another. More companies can be an enabler of change and foster an inclusive workforce to help everyone succeed. Embracing multigenerational workforce will be key to navigating an evolving job market and harness it as a growth driver of today’s economy.

Note to editors

LinkedIn commissioned independent market research firm, GfK to conduct this study between September and October 2019. The survey was conducted among 18 to 65 year olds across 22 countries via online interviews. The survey had more than 30,000 respondents:

North America: Canada, United States

Latin America: Brazil, Mexico

Middle East: United Arab Emirates

Europe: France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Asia Pacific: Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore

The movie inspired by true events will be available on Hotstar VIP starting 16th February 

Looking at acid violence through the lens of survivor Laxmi Agarwal, Chhapaak tells the story of a girl (Malti) coming from a humble background. Directed by Meghna Gulzar, and starring Deepika Padukone, Vikrant Massey and Madhurjeet Sarghi; the path-breaking movie will see its digital premiere on Hotstar VIP on 16th February 2020.

Chhapaak highlights the trials and triumphs of Malti, an acid attack survivor. From the investigation of the attack to the court proceedings, the medical treatment to the emotional healing - it showcases the power of human spirit.

Deepika Padukone said, “Chhapaak is not just a film; it is an ode to the strength and spirit of every acid-attack survivor and we truly hope that the audience is able to embrace their incredible journey,as Chhapaak makes its digital premiere on Hotstar VIP”

Vikrant Massey said, “When I first heard about Laxmi, my heart sank. I felt so melancholic, for being unable to do something about the situation. Amol, my character in Chhapaak, is shown as a strong support to Malti; but in reality I lived that melancholy all over again while shooting for the film. Having said that, I also gradually felt a sense of achievement and satisfaction, as Malti and Amol, supported by an army of people write history together. Watch Malti’s grace, grit and courage as Chhapaak makes its digital-first premiere on Hotstar VIP!”

With Hotstar VIP get access to exclusive new content from the Hotstar Specials label, access to STAR network serials before television 6AM onward, and the latest and best of live sporting action.

Starting 16th February 2020, catch Chhapaak on Hotstar VIP!

Keeping you and your family safe online is a top priority at YouTube. Today on Safer Internet Day, we’re sharing some of the ways we work to keep YouTube safe, and how you can be more in control of your YouTube experience. From built-in protections to easy-to-use tools, we hope you’ll take advantage of these tips:

1. Learn more about the content available on YouTube

We work hard to maintain a safe community and have guidelines that explain what we allow and don’t allow on YouTube. Most of what we remove is first-detected by machines, which means we actually review and remove prohibited content before you ever see it. But no system is perfect, so we make sure if you see something that doesn’t belong on YouTube, you can flag it for us and we’ll quickly review it. If you want to know what happened to a video you flagged, just visit your reporting history to find out.

2. Learn more about what data we collect and how to update your privacy settings

Check out Your Data in YouTube to browse or delete your YouTube activity and learn more about how we use data. Your YouTube privacy settings include managing your search and watch history. If you prefer more private viewing, you can use Incognito mode on the YouTube mobile app or Chrome browser on your computer. Learn more.

You can also take the Privacy Checkup and we’ll walk you through key privacy settings step-by-step. For YouTube, you’ll be able to do things like easily pause your YouTube History, or automatically delete data that may be used for your recommendations.

3. Check in on your security settings and keep your passwords safe

Head over to Security Checkup for personalized recommendations to help protect your data and devices across Google, including YouTube. Here, you can manage which third-party apps have access to your account data and also take the Password Checkup, which tells you if any of your passwords are weak and how to change them. In addition, you can access Password Manager in your Google Account to help you remember and securely store strong passwords for all your online accounts.

4. Learn more about how ads work and control what ads you see on YouTube

We do not sell your personal information to anyone, and give you transparency, choice and control over how your information is used as a part of Google. If you’re curious about why you’re seeing an ad, you can click on Why this ad for more information. If you no longer find a specific ad relevant, you can choose to block that ad by using the Mute this ad control. And you can always control the kinds of ads you see, or turn off ads personalization any time in your Ad Settings.

5. Try the YouTube Kids app, built with parental controls

We recommend parents use YouTube Kids if they plan to allow kids under 13 to watch independently. YouTube Kids is a separate app with family-friendly videos and parental controls. We work hard to keep the videos on YouTube Kids suitable for kids and have recently reduced the number of channels on the app. The app also empowers parents to choose what’s the right experience for their kids and family, such as which content is available for their kids, how long they can use the app for and much more.

In addition to YouTube Kids, we also recently made changes to Made for Kids content on YouTube to better protect children’s privacy.

In association with UNINTERRUPTED and produced by Film 45, the Series Goes Behind the Scenes with the Two-Time Grand Slam Champion Offering Her Untold Coming of Age Story

Netflix, the world's leading entertainment service, has announced that an untitled Naomi Osaka documentary series, in association with UNINTERRUPTED and produced by Film 45, is coming to Netflix.

This documentary series takes us on a journey with the multiple Grand Slam Champion, Naomi Osaka, who became the first Asian player to reach the number 1 singles ranking after winning her first Grand Slam at the US Open in 2018 and second at the Australian Open in 2019. With unprecedented access to Osaka, the documentary gives audiences a deep window into the life of a global tennis superstar.

The series will cover Naomi’s pivotal year, from the US Open in August 2019 and on tour with the tennis star as she plays in each of the Grand Slams and prepares for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

With a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, Osaka emigrated from Japan to the US as a child, where she rose to become the first Asian player to reach the heights of international tennis. Spending time with her during a hectic training and travel schedule, the crew explores the immense pressure she’s under, her journey of self-discovery, off-season time digging into her interests and her well-known, quirky and honest personality. They also travel with Naomi to Japan to understand her deep connection with the country she represents and the reflections of her multi-cultural identity.

“To be able to tell my story and let people in during this big year, working with a team that really understands me, has been a rewarding experience. It won't look like a traditional sports documentary, and I'm so excited to share it with everyone." - Naomi Osaka

In association with Uninterrupted and produced by Film 45, the series is directed by Garrett Bradley who has been recognized with numerous awards. Her short film “Alone,” made with The New York Times OpDocs, was shortlisted for an Academy Award. At Sundance 2020, Bradley won Best Director for her US documentary feature in competition “TIME”.

Love is in the ‘app’ this Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is globally celebrated with couples displaying their affection on Instagram, while the rest are found cringing and overusing vomit emoji in WhatsApp conversations. As a result, people turn towards Dating Applications to treasure trove themselves a Valentine. Observing the substantial trend, Bobble AI has released a report on the increased usage of dating applications during Valentine’s Week.

This trend report showcases insights of most popular dating applications during Valentine’s week, time spent by Men and women per day on dating applications, Top 10 emoticons used on the applications and the region wise adaption.

Bobble AI has demonstrated capabilities of and by making smartphones ‘Smarter’. Solutions like Bobble Indic Keyboard gives users an opportunity to experience a variety of themes, fonts, personalized stickers, GIFs. Bobble Keyboard also allows real-time content creation and personalization through its leading-edge technology. Bobble AI-based emoji recommendation engine suggests and predicts a combination of most used and relevant emojis by interpreting the chat context, sentiments and intent.

*This trend report is based upon the anonymized and aggregated insights collected on Bobble AI platforms during Valentine's week. This information is made available by Bobble AI for educational purposes as well as to give out general information on the usage of dating applications and trends observed during Valentine’s week*

According to Bobble AI’s data, there’s a 30% increase in usage of dating applications around Valentine’s week.

According to Bobble AI’s Data intelligence and analysis-

• Tinder has emerged as the most popular app being installed on 40.21% of devices

• Followed by Chinese application TanTan which is installed on 32.21% of devices.

• Third place is retained by Azar with installations on 11.56% of the devices.

• These three applications are most fashionable amongst both men and women.

While Tinder, Tantan, and Azar are the most downloaded applications, but when it came to the maximum time spent, a different trend came to light.

Surprisingly men are spending most of their time on - Azar, followed by OkCupid and Hinge respectively.

Whereas, the Female population is investing most of its time on Azar, followed by Hinge and QuackQuack.

From the above analysis, it is clear that-

● People are more inclined towards dating applications which provide expressive ways of connecting rather than traditional dating applications which primarily bank on texting. The applications like Azar, a video chat application are preferred due to the nature of expressiveness.

● On dating applications, people are looking for fast matches and quick communication. Once matched, they typically move to more expressive and comfortable communication channels like WhatsApp or Instagram.

● People are preferring a personalized approach and are looking for dating applications which are connecting them with like-minded partners/people. Hence, applications like OkCupid and Hinge are gaining popularity as they are engaging even with less user base.

● People want dating applications that are reliable and can be trusted. Therefore, applications like QuackQuack with verified users are gaining acclaim among huge populations.

Bobble AI also studied conversational trends on the dating applications. Emoticons used in conversations on dating applications induce the feeling of joy, express romance and also, are used for flirting and sexting. To attract people and to grab an opportunity of date, people use various emoticons like - Kiss emoticon, winking face emoticon, etc.

However, one question is constantly being asked - How popular are dating applications in cities like- Ranchi, Jharkhand, Indore, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, etc.?

Therefore in order to understand the acumen of dating applications in various geographies, Bobble AI studied the usage of dating applications and which app people of different cities are ratifying.

• 38% of people in the north are using dating applications

• 19% of people in south India are using dating applications,

• 23% of people in East India have adopted dating applications

• 20% of the population in West India is using Dating applications.

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