Data leaks, trolling, cyber bullying, dark webs and hacking scandals have been just a few of the big stories to hit the press over the past decade, but there is also an equally worrying issue affecting an increasingly number of internet users, particularly in the younger generations; addiction. And it comes in many different forms
We obviously know that social media represents an idealized version of people's lives, but still can't help envying them. In fact, a few years ago German researchers found that the main motivation of people going on Facebook was to get social gains in reputation and improve their social status. In other words, comparison is inevitable.
Having a different point of view in the bygone days of coffee shop rendez-vous while sustaining vigorous debate used to be a good thing. Today having a different point of view means that the unusual individual is a bigot, a foe, a murderer, and a general traitor to the "established" group think on any number of subjects. Take your pick.
Do remember the next time you are tempted to click away on your iPhone or tablet, think before you click. This could be a click too far.
Often people are aware of their addictive behaviour and would like to stop or slow down. However, the illusion of the addiction can be so powerful that the fear of not being able to cope without it is overwhelming and can suffocate even the smallest attempt to take control of the situation and muster the confidence to change.
Technology has revolutionised the way that we live in just one generation bringing with it a huge transformation. As the saying goes 'information is power' and we have the ability to participate in a plethora of activities whether sat on the sofa or on a train to work.
Please take a seat... Job interview - I am in you. So you're applying for the role of PR Executive?<-- That. What qualifications do you have? This --> ... This is a picture of a cat in an Iron Man costume? I win at cat pictures. How is this relevant? Because winning. I'm sorry?
We are creating a world of toxicity. Even the things that are supposed to please us, to lift our mood, are now becoming part of a toxic environment. We are becoming victims of the abundance that is on offer. It feeds our insecurities and shapes our faked dreams.
What can be achieved online is staggering. Information about any topic imaginable is available in an instant. Whether you're conducting serious research or just looking to satisfy an idle curiosity, your thirst for knowledge can be sated with a few clicks of the mouse.
My name is Monica and I am an Outlook addict. It has been 60 hours since my last login. I haven't taken on this abstinence in the desire for greater work-life balance, or to improve my wellbeing, I've done it because I have to. I am on holiday, sailing along the Lycian coast, and withdrawal is setting in.
If you don't want them on computer games every hour of the day, don't let them. Seriously. Just tell them to get off it. Set a daily time limit and stick to it. Starve their addiction, and enjoy the awesome power you've gained.
There is a word for what the internet and social media have done to us: alienation. It means, literally, selling yourself into slavery, from the Latin for slave alienus. The word has its roots in ancient Greek philosophy, particularly in Plato and the Stoics, who warned that if you place too much value on your reputation or image, you enslave yourself to the fickle opinion of the public.
This week a friend of mine and I launch a simple initiative called Screen Less Week, a resource for schools to help children and families recalibrate their reliance on screens, if only for one week.
We spend a lot of our time strapped in, consuming, connected and charging. We're living in a world that's driven by technology and we drive technology too. I recently had two of my friends over who I met in college 11 years ago and we reminisced on the amazing times we had growing up.
It's a vast data-surfing canoe that we're all sharing, and I certainly do not claim to be sitting on the shoreline. As frequent and active users of social networking sites, we're all constantly rowing through page upon page of needless information.
It was revealed last week that, following the introduction of university tuition fees, there has been a 40% drop in admissions. What a surprise.