Influencers like Kim Kardashian, who has 307 million followers on Instagram, need to be aware of problematic engagement.
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Influencers need to be aware that some of their followers may have unhealthy relationships with social media. Although it contrasts with their goals, influencers can help create healthy relationships.
Humour is now part of the modern election campaign. Facebook and TikTok have become joke battlegrounds.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s iPhone selfies quickly went viral.
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A social media scholar says the authenticity, connection and immediacy of Zelenskyy’s appeal explains why his videos were so powerful.
We can waste an awful lot of time on social media because of the engaging, even addictive, nature of platforms like Tiktok. But teachers are now exploiting these qualities for learning languages.
Social media does have some redeeming features – and its utility will depend on how you use it. But for many of us, the reward no longer outweighs the harms.
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Have you ‘soft’ or ‘hard’ launched your relationship on Instagram yet? The latest trend in love as a marketable commodity.
Using social media increases our natural tendency to compare ourselves. How does this affect our well-being?
Comparing ourselves to people who are worse off than we are on social media should make us feel better. The opposite is true.
2021 was another unpredictable year and there’s no sign of life returning to normal just yet – but here are the digital trends you can expect in 2022.
The cute economy is not only a network of cute content that people participate in making, sharing and circulating but also a multibillion-dollar business.
If sharing cute animal content is your love language, you’re not alone — you are part of a bigger cultural phenomenon called the cute economy.
Facebook renamed itself Meta in 2021, but the year was more notable for revelations about the company’s bad behavior.
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Meta felt the heat in 2021 as whistleblower revelations, congressional ire and demands for data knocked the company back on its heels. Here’s a look at research into the problems Meta poses for society.
A shop selling skin lightening creams in Nairobi.
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Skin lighteners are being used more than ever before, especially in urban areas and among men.
Mark Zuckerberg’s company says the kids are all right, but the data it presents is only about how the average social media user is doing.
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Research from Meta and some scientists shows no harm from social media, but other research and whistleblower testimony show otherwise. Seemingly contradictory, both can be right.
Likes and swipes don’t always make us feel good.
When perfectionists compare themselves to others on social media, they report feelings of depression and insecurity.
Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testifies during a US Senate Committee, October 5
Far from unassailable, Facebook and Google act like organisations terrified they are about to peak. We can make it harder for them to buy growth.
What can and should be done in light of response to the Facebook Files? The issues are undoubtedly complex, but solutions need to centre on children’s rights and prioritize what young people need.
What if there were a social media blackout for teens during certain hours of the night?
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It’s tempting to think limits would cause teens to riot in the streets. But Facebook’s own research reveals that young people are well aware of social media’s downsides.
How do you feel about Facebook?
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Facebook users no longer see the site as a confidant. They’re struggling with how to deal with a messy codependence – and whether to just break up and move on with healthier friends.
It took Facebook nearly six hours to get its services back online. In the meantime, Twitter had a field day.
The creation of social media accounts based on fictional models raises pointed questions about race, representation and commodification.
New information Instagram makes teens feel worse about their bodies is an opportunity for parents to start a conversation with their children about their online lives, and encourage positive habits.