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With our attention diverted, we’re no longer in the moment. 'Concert' via

What’s lost when we photograph life instead of experiencing it?

Whether it’s through Facebook or Snapchat, images and videos are changing how we communicate. But as words become more trivial, our attention, our creativity, and even our empathy may be at stake.
When we’re flooded with images, how much of their content do we retain? Penelope Umbrico, '541,795 Suns from Sunsets from Flickr (Partial) 01/23/06,' 2006-ongoing, detail, 2500 4 inch x 6 inch c-prints. Courtesy Mark Moore Gallery and Bruce Silverstein Gallery.

Exposed to a deluge of digital photos, we’re feeling the psychological effects of image overload

Snapping and sharing photographs has never been easier. But being inundated with images can have a host of unintended consequences, from heightened anxiety to impaired memory.
Phones out, but today’s students are less likely to have Facebook or Twitter open. Phones image via

So long social media: the kids are opting out of the online public square

Young people are starting to skip the very public postings of some of social media's original platforms. Why? And where will that leave the companies that rely on our willingness to divulge everything?
He’s tweeted, Instagrammed and Facebooked, but will he get what he wants? Shutterstock

You could be suffering from FoMO this Christmas

Social media can amplify the fear of missing out, or FoMO, but it can also be a platform for emotional support during the festive season.
Esenna O'Neill’s dramatic departure from YouTube and Instragram was precipitated by her feelings of inauthenticity. Vimeo

When authenticity and advertising collide on social media

Essena O'Neill's dramatic rejection of her successful social media channels raises important questions about how advertising and sponsored posts are regulated on social media.
Low-income teens are unable to participate in social media conversations of their wealthier peers. Phone image via

Teens without smartphones encounter a new digital divide

With low-income kids unable to participate in the social media conversations of their wealthier peers, a new form of digital inequity is emerging.

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