The rapidly increasing social phenomenon has granted us access to an online community, the ability to instantly connect with people from all over the world, the freedom to share an endless stream of thoughts and photos and be given a quick boost to the ego for every like, share or re-tweet.
As important as these criticisms are, they need to be placed in a bigger context - one which considers social media behaviours in terms of their driving causes as well as their effects, which acknowledges their potential to be helpful as well as to harm.
Our preoccupation with social media companies is fogging our vision and preventing us from seeing the wider picture, making society feel that the answer to recruitment and radicalisation is a simple, immediately remedied problem.
On the one hand, this state of affairs is annoying, and challenges my professional pride. What good is a researcher with limited access to reliable information and a surplus of hypotheses? On the other hand, the known unknown entices.
I can totally understand people who do not bother to do anything extra in their life to help others. Being an activist and formulating new ideas that will create a better and equal society can be pretty draining.
On any given night out, a huge chunk of us is sending people updates on the fun we're having, proving we're part of nightlife, but ultimately being ever more present on social media. Social media has come from nowhere to eat up 5 or 10x the amount of time we used to spend with our friends. That number will only increase over time. If you see me, swipe right.
I'm pretty sure I went through three pots of coffee in the 72 hours it took me to completely launch my website. I was in the zone, and figuring out how to drag and drop site elements into a website was actually far simpler than I expected. Once everything was in place, using a custom domain name, I shifted my focus to building brand recognition.
ISHU are showing that tech fashion is becoming genuinely fashionable - and not just some geeky Sci-Fi novelty thing. It's yet another marker that the power of Hip hop culture has gone mainstream in high fashion
Ditch the Label research, which found males to be the most likely to act as an aggressor of bullying behaviours, females were found to be the largest perpetrators of misogynistic language on the social network, with 52% of all misogynistic tweets authored by women. This discovery warrants further exploration into the ways in which women engage with each other in both online and offline environments.
Where research still lacks to provide an answer is what the chicken and what the egg is - does social media use cause depression or does depression result in more engagement online. A closer look into psychotherapy theory and what some of us encounter in therapy room can provide a bit more insight to this question.
Has the vast infinite network of the internet finally gone too far? With an ever growing social network list and communications apps, it can be consid...
Obviously, however networks choose to approach the echo chamber, be it through creating neutral spaces for debate or using AI to play matchmaker with political opposites, it would have to be done in such a way that filters out abusive language and provides a considerate environment for users to explore all of the different perspectives;
The rise of Jeremy Corbyn, Bernie Sanders, Syriza, Podemos, Occupy movements, etc. indicates the emergence of 21st century socialism. These parties an...
The digital world has become a key battleground during every political campaign; central to each Party's strategy in how to raise volunteers, win votes, frame issues, and get money. That same culture of innovation, the daring and restless experimentation that have happened in the technologies that power digital campaigning, and in the campaigns that use them, also need to be applied to the basic democratic system itself. Now is the time to seriously contemplate using technology to transform democracy.
Blaming porn for children being sexually active and anxious about sex, is a single minded and uneducated view. Snapchat, Tinder, Facebook and even Whatsapp, all give young people an endless platform for swapping messages and photos without their parents knowing.
Social media can be polarising; there are, of course, lots of positive updates but those are interspersed with regular updates about the ugliness within society too. And that can be tough on those of us who live with depression.