When it comes to consuming media in 2015, there is literally nowhere to hide. Whether you're a check-your-phone-every-30-seconds-er, or someone who only logs into news and social media sites a few times a day, we are all constantly being bombarded with images of perfection that we couldn't escape from - even if we wanted to.
I felt as though I was trapped in a vortex of meaningless data. More importantly, however, I was starting to hate some of my friends. Actually hate them. My chums, once a source of joy, were now a source of pain.
As social behaviors continue to evolve, there's little doubt that Snapchat has been one of the main beneficiaries among younger groups and that it's capturing a lot of the conversations and activities that used to take place on "traditional" social networks. Snapchat can also lay claim to being the fastest-growing social app over the last year, having almost doubled its user base.
Summer has just kicked off, and what a better way to get started with the summer vibes than a good healthy dose of everyday inspiration and beautiful compositions... Here's some of my favourite Instagram accounts, those that inject a nice amount of colour into my Instagram feed every day. Highly recommended!
I'm a little bit sad there isn't a bit more photographic evidence of my late teens and early 20s as I was four stone lighter and often went out without a bra on without them flapping around my knees. But I am glad that no one will ever get to witness the time I was was left stood crushed in New Street Station, dumped, weeping under the departures board. Braless and thin.
"I am intrigued to know what kind of life lead to be so selfishly depressed. Deaths? Rape? Abuse? What exactly have you got to be so depressed about."...
1. Don't underestimate how much your profile says about you. Your picture is the first thing someone sees, so if it's you on the beach or enjoying a cocktail, change it. It doesn't have to be taken by a professional, but you need to look like a professional in it
With the rise in smartphone usage, most of us are rarely out of touch with technology. We are continually messaging people, sending emails, checking social media sites and making calls, not forgetting our other tasks to attend to.
Having many creative people in the same place, for the right reason could be atomically powerful. It also attracts charlatans, buzzword bingo callers and all manner of distractions. Commentators far more seasoned and wise than I can ever be, have confessed some confusion and disappointment.
You were lucky enough to have many things handed to you on a plate David. You do not know the struggle of trying to find where you fit in or feeling like a misfit in a society where you 'should' know where you want to be in 5 years time. Please think about the choices you are making.
YouTube and its vloggers are the future of entertainment as we know it; but if it's to stay as popular and widespread as it is today then it needs to have its content creators conform to the same kinds of regulations television and other forms of media do. With fame comes a certain responsibility - and these new YouTube celebrities need to take that upon themselves.
Dedicated employees will do what they do because they believe in their company and want it to succeed, but some recognition can only be beneficial. By putting an employee advocacy program in place, companies can acknowledge and reward employees' spontaneous efforts.
When Change.org launched in the UK, we did so with the belief that by giving anyone the campaigning tools that big organisations have, people would win change on their own terms. But we've also learnt that when small campaigns come together they are greater than the sum of their parts.
All relationships have their ups and downs, but when these are aired publicly via social media, problems can also arise - and lead to irreparable damage.
Online drains take to twitter to complain that someone else just got sent a packet of biscuits and they did not. They DM people to ask how they got on the list for free biscuits and speculate as to why they were excluded. Then they start tweeting that the biscuits are all shite anyway and the people who eat them are too.
Dazzled by all the image, sound, words and technology of Cannes? It's a lot to take in. Along with the chance to meet, greet and learn from your peers there will be plenty of enforced buzzword buffoonery, bacchanalia and loud speakers who will be talking up their value as media channels (rather than the luck that got them there)...