caption Elon Musk on the “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast. source YouTube/Joe Rogan Experience During an appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Tesla CEO Elon Musk discussed how he feels apps like Instagram aren’t a great representation of how life truly is. “Some of the happiest seeming people – actually some of the saddest people in reality,” Musk said. It was part of a nearly three-hour conversation with comedian Joe Rogan, in which the two discussed Musk’s companies, artificial intelligence, and smoke marijuana together. Elon Musk isn’t buying the rose-tinted glasses that come with looking at people’s lives through social media apps like Instagram. During his nearly three-hour conversation on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Tesla CEO Musk and comedian Joe Rogan discussed topics ranging from Musk’s businesses, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and then smoked some marijuana … [Read more...] about Elon Musk breaks down what he doesn’t like about Instagram — and why social media can negatively impact people’s mental health
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Shares in Twitter tumbled 20.5 percent to close at $34.12 despite a record profit for the short messaging service, as financial markets focused on the new realities for social media firms moving to curb abusive behavior and boost privacy. The woes for Twitter came a day after Facebook lost an unprecedented $120 billion in market value following its earnings report that sent investors into a panic over cooling growth for the social network star. Twitter said it posted a best-ever profit of $100 million in the second quarter, following a loss of $116 million a year earlier. Revenue rose 24 percent to $711 million. But the San Francisco-based firm said its base of monthly active users fell by one million from the past quarter to 335 million in the period amid a purge of fake and abusive accounts and a crackdown on toxic "bots." Twitter said it also expected user numbers to drop in the current quarter by a figure in the "mid-single-digit millions." The fall in users is a result of … [Read more...] about Twitter shares plunge in black week for social media
By Laura Tierney The Washington Post Fri., June 22, 2018 If you had a magic wand, would you ban your child from social media for as long as possible? If you said yes, you’re not alone. Glennon Doyle, author of Love Warrior and a mom of three, recently tweeted that her kids aren’t allowed on social media. And I’ve been hearing more about this approach as I work with schools across the country as the founder of the Social Institute, which promotes the positive use of social platforms. The effects of screen time and the risks associated with social media, whether bullying or meeting strangers, are serious enough for some parents to forbid it outright. I understand that parents know their kids best and want the best for their kids. But beware of making social media a forbidden fruit. Here’s why it’s a bad idea to ban it — and what to do instead. Kids will always be one step ahead I speak with thousands of students across the country … [Read more...] about Why it’s a mistake to ban kids from social media — and what to do instead
By Jeff Vrabel The Washington Post Sat., March 24, 2018 My son, now halfway through his Grade 8 year, does not appear to have the slightest whiff of a care about social media, and until about two weeks ago I did not realize the severity of this problem. Newly 14, my son is attached to his phone on a seemingly molecular level, but he has no Facebook account, no Twitter, no Snapchat, no social media presence to speak of (at least outside the world of Minecraft, where, I am told, he exists as a shipbuilding contractor of some repute). He does have an Instagram account, but that’s because we made him get one last summer, as part of a slick plan to force him to keep in touch during an overseas exchange program. For two weeks he obliged us with photos of castles and classmates and cheese, but since his return he’s posted approximately one picture, which was not of any of those things. Read more: Peace of Mind aims to create safe spaces for youths to talk about … [Read more...] about A teenager not on social media — should a parent worry?
There’s a new app dominating the App Store, and millennials are saying it’s the next Instagram. Vero, a free download on Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play store, promises to be a new kind of social network – one that lets you share content with specific sets of friends, doesn’t allow ads, and delivers posts in a chronological feed instead of one controlled by an algorithm. The Vero app actually made its App Store debut in 2015, but it quickly gained steam and reached No. 1 on the App Store this week, propelled by a user base that skews heavily male and heavily millennial, according to app analytics firm Apptopia. In fact, half of Vero’s users are between the ages of 21 and 40. There is some controversy surrounding Vero, however. The founder and CEO of the app, Ayman Hariri, previously started another company that ran into serious financial trouble and stopped paying its employees. Plus, Vero’s app has been slow, … [Read more...] about How to use Vero, the No. 1 social media app on the App Store right now that millennials are saying will kill Instagram