MENLO PARK, CA—Addressing concerns about the site’s alleged bias in how it displays news stories in users’ feeds, Facebook executives held a press conference Thursday to clarify that the social network was not intended to serve as anyone’s primary source of information, and that its 1.6 billion active users should, at most, be spending 15 minutes on the platform in a given day in the first place.
Published on Mar 5, 2016 The South Korean government is planning to create treatment centres where youngsters will be forced to live without their mobile phones and computers. A rural school in the country is enrolling teenagers every few weeks where their phones and laptops are taken away and they are encouraged to read, play games and interact in the real world.
As a social media professional, it's easy for me to recognize the carefully crafted shots and understand the effort it takes to capture moments like these, even for models traveling on yachts in the Mediterranean Sea. And as someone who has chosen to live my life out loud, I also understand what's not being captured, like the long-lines, the rude customer service experience or the broken toenail from one too many glasses of wine the night before. As curators of content, we don't post things people don't want to consume.
Published on 22 Sep 2015 Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram and Keek. If you're a teenager - this is how you communicate - through the constant swipes of your smartphone. So what would life offline be like? We've took the smartphones away from three teenagers for 48 hours to see.
Andrew van Zyl's insight:
Wow...this was a real eye-opener for me. Great to start a discussion about our relationships with our devices-especially social media.
Yeah, Prince EA does use the F-word, but not excessively, and he tackles these kinds of issues in such a clear manner and is able to speak to students in ways that teachers aren't able to...methinks. I absolutely love his clip Can we auto-correct humanity.
Published on Jul 20, 2015 For the longest time Jon Ronson reveled in the fact that Twitter gave a voice to the voiceless ... the social media platform gave us all a chance to speak up and hit back at perceived injustice. But somewhere along the way, things took a turn. In this passionate, eloquent talk, Ronson explains how too often we end up behaving like a baying mob — and that it's time to rethink how we interact with others online.
Because this is where we are now as a society, this is what we’ve become. We can barely make it through a dinner, hell we can hardly stomach a conversation without our phones stitched to our hands, six inches from our eyes as we shun engaging with the living, breathing friends in front of us for the chance that someone we haven’t actually made the effort to see in years might have pressed that magic little heart on the Instagram picture we took yesterday of a random dog.
We’ve all been there. You write a message to a friend, a colleague or a significant other and hit “send”. The first grey tick appears, and you know that your message is on it’s way. Now if you’re like most people with too much time on their hands, you might still be staring dully at your phone when the ticks turn blue. Hooray! Another person now knows that you were totes hungover today and are laughing out loud about it while simultaneously hoping they’re “kewl”.
I attended an interview with Nancy Jo Sales about her book American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers, at the 2016 Woodstock Writers’ Festival. Her research, based on conversations with over 200 teen girls from across the country representing all different demographics, painted a very disturbing picture of the world our teenage girls are living in
If adults want to help teenagers learn how to handle the big risks of Internet usage, the best thing we can do is let them get used to handling smaller risky online situations. That's the conclusion from a Pennsylvania State University research project that examined adolescent online safety.
In rural China and Turkey social media were viewed as a distraction from education. But in industrial China and Brazil they were seen to be an educational resource. Such a divide was evident in India, too. There, high-income families regarded them with suspicion but low-income families advocated them as a supplementary source of schooling.
Wael Ghonim helped touch off the Arab Spring in his home of Egypt ... by setting up a simple Facebook page. As he reveals, once the revolution spilled onto the streets, it turned from hopeful to messy, then ugly and heartbreaking. And social media followed suit. What was once a place for crowdsourcing, engaging and sharing became a polarized battleground. Ghonim asks: What can we do about online behavior now? How can we use the Internet and social media to create civility and reasoned argument?
Published on Aug 3, 2015 If you're a parent who's posted a picture of your child online, the role-playing game #BabyRP may make you double check your privacy settings. Players take photos of children harvested from other people's accounts. They then post the stolen pictures to their own Instagram account with a new name and an imaginary storyline, inviting others to role-play being daddy, mummy or child.
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