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?
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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
source AMC screencap There are a lot of cash-sharing services out there that are specifically designed to be used between friends and family, as a way to split the bill without ever exchanging paper money. The most popular payment apps include Venmo, Google Wallet, Snapcash, and a handful of bank P2P services. These are a little different from ecommerce apps like PayPal, which are typically used for more goods-and-services types of transactions that take place between a seller and a buyer, rather than among friends. In reality, many of these payment apps can do both, but for our purposes, we’ll focus on the former. Venmo, a subsidiary of PayPal, has emerged as the most popular payment app – by a long shot – with reportedly $20 billion transferred between users in 2016. It’s been called the “social media” of money exchange. That said, as a person who has tried Venmo as well as other payment apps, I’m here to make the … [Read more...] about Here’s why you should stop using Venmo, and start using Facebook Messenger for paying back your friends
PHUKET: Another year gone and the social media scene has witnessed a lot of changes, with new platforms such as Periscope and Snapchat rising in popularity – while Twitter continues its slide. Video, 360 degree images and smart graphics will likely continue leading the way in content marketing and branding, appealing to our need for instant gratification and shorter attention spans. Also live feed platforms and instant content will be even more popular as marketers understand it better. However, I believe there will be more focus on niche marketing. Instead of blanket marketing to a large audience, companies should focus on their specific target market. Understanding this will be key. Social media has, up until now, made marketing a lot easier for the masses but it is getting more competitive and this will ensure success if done correctly. There is also going to be a lot more policing of content, particularly by the likes of Google and Facebook. We are already hearing commentary … [Read more...] about Business Buzz: Social Media trends to look out for in 2017
A study has come out recently, confirming what we already know. Children spending more than an hour a day engaged in social media can make them less happy. Take something like Facebook for example. You post something, people read it then they give it a like and sometimes make a comment. Now imagine you are a young impressionable child somewhere under 18. You post something and get 50 likes. Sometime later you post something else and get 65 likes and feel better. Then the third time you only get five likes and some comments about how lame it was. Now you feel worse. Multiply this by a few hundred times and the emotional roller coaster can have someone with a developing emotional platform spiralling into their first depression. The best way to stop this is to reduce the amount of time spent in front of a screen and get them out into public with some playmates. Another problem is the growing gap between generations where the last generation is not using social media in the same way that … [Read more...] about Help kids navigate the social media roller coaster