Imagine discovering that your child had been sent a message by an adult, on social media or through a mobile phone app, asking whether they liked sex or what kind of underwear they were wearing. You'd probably feel a mixture of anger, panic, fear and revulsion. You'd want to take action. You might go straight to the police and tell them what had happened. But the police may not be able to do anything.
Are we losing the subtle intricacies that come from a look or slight movement? Are we losing our attention to detail, our ability to focus or our imaginations that used to be forced to build colour, people and stories amongst the pages of brilliant writers.
Twitter is in choppy waters. Struggling to find a buyer, its share price hit record lows this year. With its user base pretty much stagnant, and under intense investor scrutiny, Twitter's purpose and direction has become progressively blurred.
Like so many women I spend a lot of time flicking through Instagram. A lot of men do the same but women are more critical of each other. We compare ou...
The internet is a part of everyday life - and an incredible force for good. But it is irresponsible to let children roam in a world for which they're ill-prepared, which is subject to limited regulation and which is controlled by a small number of powerful organisations. It's critical children are educated better, understand what they're agreeing to when they join social media platforms and that their privacy is better protected. When it was created 25 years ago, the internet was not designed with children in mind but I believe the proposals in our report would help make it a better and safer place for children.
The moment I realised that I had a genuine, real life addiction is when I realised it was making me feel bad about myself. There's nothing like looking at people's #cleaneating , fitness posts, travel pictures and engagement pictures to make your whole life feel pretty inadequate.
It's official: 'Sharenting' is the new buzzword. With social media on the rise and with parents establishing a very strong social media presence, 'sharenting' is definitely the new talk of the town and it looks like it won't be going anywhere anytime soon.
I never wanted to join this discussion. Sometimes I feel like our tech/media bubble is the only bubble that's currently caring about such things as filter bubbles. And others just won't see it and won't care (more on that later). However, as product people, my co-founder Alexander and I were interested in current solutions people suggested could solve this problem.
68 celebrities died in 2016. Over 56 million people died in total. So, the RIP posts spamming our Facebook walls are for 0.00012% of the people who actually passed in 2016. Wouldn't it be better if we put all our 'mourning' energy into use, to combat some of the ills that contribute to the deaths of millions?
You read something that will make you healthier and pledge to do this from now on. You start as planned and one day as you happily browse...you see a contradictory piece on the very thing you have been doing to improve your health!! So frustrating isn't it?
It has been possible for several years, on most social network platforms, to purchase accounts with a specific intention of increasing follower counts or support for certain opinions. This doesn't have massive impact in the context of isolated cases. When Twitterbots begin to influence elections, brands and shares, the real threat becomes clear.
'Fake news' is probably the most scrutinised recent product of social media culture, especially in the aftermath of the U.S. Election. The amount of articles on my Facebook feed describing their motivations, indications and even presenting 'can-you-tell' quizzes probably equals the number of blatantly fake stories I have seen.
It's apparent these trends have even leaked into the lifestyles of the older generation when we look at a recent survey conducted by www.VoucherCodesPro.co.uk. In the study they found that over two thirds of British mothers admitted to being concerned about what other parents at the school gates thought of them.
You only have to look at the statistics - 60% of Snapchat users are under 25, 26% are 25-34 with only 12 percent of users aged 35 to 54 and just 2% over 55. Those users aren't all just selfie-obsessives. Snapchat users are also thought to be the most engaged of any social media channel.
The Internet, and especially social media, is not something that can be easily regulated. Social media websites, such as Twitter, have themselves taken steps to alleviate some of the trolling and abuse.
Social banking will allow users to access online banking services using their social media account credentials via the bank's normal homepage and log in portal. They would then check their balance, make transactions and view any other information as normal.