The joy of folding: how an everyday chore became an online, anxiety-busting sensation

YouTube folding tutorials have millions of views, while the likes of Marie Kondo have become a global phenomenon. But do perfectly neat drawers lead to a perfectly neat life? Fifteen years ago, Gal Rozov was so fed up with failing to meet his wifes high standards for laundry folding that he decided a different approach was required. He was not adept at doing the dishes either, he reasoned, but he did know how to load and unload the dishwasher. What if he could deal with clothing the same way? Nine prototypes later, his guide to 10 folding life hacks has almost a million views, and a simple demonstration of Instagram staple, while Marie Kondos books on decluttering in which folding …

Screen queens: the funny, fearless women who revolutionised TV

Phoebe Waller-Bridge exploded into our living rooms with Fleabag, her vicious comedy about an angry, awkward woman. As it returns, Guardian writers pick their TV heroines Shonda Rhimes Who gets to be the bitch? This woman is such a rarity she is basically a unicorn. Shonda Rhimes is a black single mother who began as a freelance scriptwriter and struck gold in Hollywood when she created soapy medical drama Greys Anatomy, whose riotous success (15 seasons and counting), together with that of her political drama Scandal, made her one of the most powerful players in the business. She has her own production company called Shondaland and, most recently, scored a $150m deal with Netflix. Rhimes is a born storyteller, but …

You can track everything: the parents who digitise their babies lives

Socks that record heart rate and cots that mimic the womb might promise parents peace of mind but is the data given to tech firms a fair exchange? You dont need to spend much time in the presence of a small child and an iPhone to feel a little disconcerted. One-year-olds hypnotised by creepy Baby Shark ephemera on YouTube; two-year-olds who can swipe before they can talk; my own five-year-old trying to pause me when he goes to the loo. When can I get a phone? he asks. His cousin has a phone, he likes to point out. She is four. There is a small, fragile window when a child has no compulsion towards digital technology. Jenny, zero, has no …