caption Would you be okay if your conversation with a seatmate were shared on social media? source have a nice day photo/Shutterstock On Tuesday, the #PlaneBae saga went viral on social media, as a Twitter user broadcast what seemed to be a love connection between two strangers sitting in front of her on an airplane. Most of the world loved the story, and the #PlaneBae himself even went on the Today Show to talk about it. However, the whole #PlaneBae incident raises some worrying questions: Should you expect someone to be broadcasting your life all the time, even when you’re just talking to your seatmate on an airplane? There are no easy answers. On Tuesday, two young, attractive strangers met on a plane and seemed to hit it of in conversation. This isn’t an especially remarkable occurrence. But thanks to another passenger, who decided to document their interactions on social media – including sneaky photos – these strangers … [Read more...] about The viral #PlaneBae story is raising some serious questions about how creepy social media can be
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By Karen Fricker Theatre Critic Tues., April 17, 2018 Two theatre productions opening in Toronto in the next several weeks revolve around the topical themes of young people, social media, consent and shaming. Evan Placey’s Girls Like That, playing at Tarragon Theatre, follows a group of teenage female friends after a naked photo of one of their classmates goes viral on social media. And in Christine Quintana’s Selfie at Young People’s Theatre, a difficult situation between three high school friends around a sexual encounter gets even more complicated when one of them posts about it on Instagram. Curious about what led the writers to take on this material, I met them for a dual interview at Tarragon, where Quintana, a Vancouverite, is spending the year on an Urjo Kareda emerging artist residency. Placey, who’s based in London, U.K., is visiting his native Toronto for the Tarragon run of Girls. Placey was inspired to write his play, a … [Read more...] about When it comes to social media shaming we are all complicit, playwrights say
(Reuters Health) - Girls who spend the most time on social media at age 10 may be unhappier in their early teens than peers who use social media less during the ‘tween years, a UK study suggests.Researchers looked at social media use and scores on tests of happiness and other aspects of wellbeing among boys and girls at age 10 and each year until age 15. Overall, wellbeing decreased with age for boys and girls, but moreso for girls. And high social media use early on predicted sharper increases in unhappiness for girls later.For boys, social media use at 10 had no association with wellbeing in the mid-teens, which suggests that other factors are more important influences on wellbeing changes in boys, the authors note in BMC Public Health.“Our findings suggest that young girls, those aged 10, who are more interactive with social media have lower levels of wellbeing by age 15 than their peers who interact with social media less at age 10. We did not find any similar patterns … [Read more...] about For ‘tween girls, social media use tied to wellbeing in teen years
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?
source Evgeny Belikov/Strelka Institute/Flickr Frequent social media use and screen time have been portrayed as universally bad for our health. However, a lot of research on this phenomenon has been characterized by poorly done studies and bad science. The vast majority of evidence suggests that our smartphones are not uniformly harmful, and in some cases, they may be a force for good. This is an installment of Business Insider’s “Your Brain on Apps” series that investigates how addictive apps can influence behavior. True story: I once walked headfirst into a pole on my way home from work. I can’t blame the darkness (the sun had only just begun to set), and I can’t blame my vision (I’d recently gotten new glasses). But I can blame my iPhone, whose vibration had lured me into staring at its crisp bright screen. The text I was … [Read more...] about There’s no solid evidence that people get addicted to social media — and using it could actually be beneficial