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How to navigate the sea of laptops. How to navigate the sea of laptops. Brett Jordan

Don’t ban laptops in class, talk to students via Facebook

Technology is an established part of the lives of students. But university lecturers are becoming increasingly frustrated at how they must compete with tablets and laptops for students' attention in the…
Recommended for me? Milk appreciation group? LIKE. Recommended for me? Milk appreciation group? LIKE. c r z

New mums shun Twitter and stick to baby-friendly Facebook

Although it might sometimes seem that your Facebook feed is overrun with chatter about babies, research from Microsoft has suggested that mums actually spend less time on the site after they have had children…
Dead and buried? 1.2 billion users say otherwise. Dead and buried? 1.2 billion users say otherwise. dullhunk

Facebook isn’t dead and buried, but dodgy journalism lives on

When I saw the recent eruption of stories claiming Facebook is “dead and buried to teens” I was at first intrigued, but, once I had read through to their original sources, quickly disappointed – though…
Age: 16, likes: social networking, dislikes: Facebook. Age: 16, likes: social networking, dislikes: Facebook. dangaken

Facebook’s so uncool, but it’s morphing into a different beast

What does 2014 hold for your online life? If you’re young, it probably won’t involve Facebook that much. This year marked the start of what looks likely to be a sustained decline of what had been the most…
Advergames on mobile phones allow advertisers to directly target young children with games that promote unhealthy food. Advergames on mobile phones allow advertisers to directly target young children with games that promote unhealthy food. Toca Boca/flickr

Advergames play with nutrition by making fast food rewarding

Advergaming is a relatively recent approach to advertising that overcomes many of the limitations of traditional advertising. But advergames are increasingly being used by fast food companies to target…
Friend them, like them, poke them but are they really your friends? Friend them, like them, poke them but are they really your friends? LarimdaME

Social networking is the new out-of-body experience

Is it possible to socially interact with another person in the absence of a body and the senses? Social networking allows us to present versions of ourselves. But when we use a computer to mediate our…
The social aspects of streaming services are an opportunity for listeners to promote their tastes. The social aspects of streaming services are an opportunity for listeners to promote their tastes. Flickr/Joel G Goodman

Spotify: merging music with social media

Our relationships with music are deeply personal and intimate. But we shouldn’t forget that music is also an incredibly powerful social tool capable of bringing people together to share in an experience…
The relationship between emotional well-being and social networking is far from being fully understood. The relationship between emotional well-being and social networking is far from being fully understood. Alessandro Valli

Does using Facebook really make people miserable?

A recent study about Facebook made headlines across the world with claims that using the social media site makes people sad. But there seems to be a fundamental misunderstanding of what the research actually…
Older people embrace social media if it fits their needs. Older people embrace social media if it fits their needs. Menno van der Sman

Silver surfers forgotten in social media boom

Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are an almost ubiquitous part of most young people’s lives after just a few years of existence. But the enthusiasm with which they have been adopted…
50 wpm, punctual, fast learner. Especially after a few Jager Bombs. 50 wpm, punctual, fast learner. Especially after a few Jager Bombs. upsuportsmouth

Your future boss knows what you did this summer: it’s online

Just over a fortnight ago, LinkedIn announced it is to make its professional network available to UK-based students aged 13 years and older; primarily as a way of enabling young people to leverage the…
Cyber-bullies can have access to potential victims round-the-clock. Cyber-bullies can have access to potential victims round-the-clock. wentongg

With the right tech, online bullies can be outsmarted

Recent revelations about the frequency with which children experience cyber-bullying have caused alarm among parents, advertisers that feature on social media sites and even the Prime Minister. Social…
Analysis of Twitter timing can catch robots red-handed. Analysis of Twitter timing can catch robots red-handed. Flickr: Arthur40A

Human, group or robot? It’s a matter of timing on Twitter

A recent study of Twitter communication patterns has revealed that human activity on Twitter is easily distinguishable from other types of users. By analysing the timing of tweets, we were able to discover…
Pop singer Justin Bieber claims 38 million Twitter followers - but are these as manufactured as his music? Pop singer Justin Bieber claims 38 million Twitter followers - but are these as manufactured as his music? AAP

Not a BeLieber - twitter followers fake it both in name and nature

How many Twitter followers do you have? As a rule of thumb, the worth of a conventional blog can be measured by the number of comments it accrues per posting. If comments are the social capital of blogs…
How many likes for news that social networking can increase users' sense of wellbeing? How many likes for news that social networking can increase users' sense of wellbeing? owenwbrown

Thumbs up: Facebook might actually be good for you

We stalk our ex-partners on it, we are friends with celebrities on it, we play games on it, and we post photos of ourselves on it. But what are we really getting out of the time we spend on Facebook? We…
Spending a year up a tree no longer means being cut off from influence. Spending a year up a tree no longer means being cut off from influence. Alan Lesheim

Digital tree-sitting: environmental protest when media is everywhere

Environmental protest was once a gritty, combative affair, mediated through an often-hostile press. But these days, even a tree-sitter in the most far-flung wilderness can control her own media image and…
Google Ingress turns walking the city streets into a game of territorial control. Google Ingress turns walking the city streets into a game of territorial control. Google

Turf war: pick your side and get outside with Google’s Ingress

Don’t read technology blogs? Then a new innovation in massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMPORGs) may be passing you by. Perhaps, like me, such games have never been of much interest to you…
Tits and social networks have gone together since the dawn of time. Tits and social networks have gone together since the dawn of time. Shirley Clarke/Wikimedia

Tits are all a-twitter about the benefits of social networking

While social networking is something many of us have only recently become aware of, a new study by University of Oxford and ANU researchers shows birds have been hanging out on the social network for a…

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