When it comes to online, we are living in a world of the known unknowns and the unknown unknowns. Let's not allow any online players to treat our children as if they are part of social experiment. We need regulation and proper discussion. And soon.
A young teenager reportedly cut off his own hand with a kitchen knife, believing it to be the only solution to his internet
You drunk-tweeted and you can't remember what you said... There's a fair chance you've started 'reflex-tweeting'. In other words, it goes hand-in-hand with breathing in and out; you're doing it without thinking.
In this age of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc. we are increasingly living our lives through the eyes (and comments) of other people. Have you ever stopped to think about how and what this means to you on a personal, emotional level? If someone 'Likes' your post does that give you a boost? Is your sense of self dependent on how many virtual 'friends' or re-tweets you have?
Quick: where's your phone? If it's within an arms-reach, you're not alone. (Maybe you're even reading this on your phone!) When this question was asked at a recent networking event I attended, the vast majority of people said their phone was always near them, even while they're sleeping!
As the millennial generation, our days rise and set with social networking. Beginning with a tweet complaining how early it is, ending with a selfie posted on Facebook, clinging to a bottle of wine before heading out. It can be excessive and relentless but at its core it remains innocuous.
If Facebook's the mainstream social gateway, Twitter's the hard stuff. Everything about it provides instant, constant gratification. Nothing epitomises 'f5 syndrome' - the desire to repeatedly refresh a webpage or app - better than Twitter.