Technology is changing our lives and the fear of missing out (FOMO) is greater than ever and instant gratification has become the rule by which we live.
So I ask you, how is riding a bike any different from using the internet? We need to nurture our children, explain right from wrong, make them aware of the dangers lurking around every corner and to always think
We got calls from the public, such as parents asking for advice about kids playing games for too long and being overly attached to their social media profiles. We started to plan a professional information helpline. As a first step, I thought of compiling a set of questions we often get about Digital Addiction and attempts to answer them.
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.