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Influencers like Kim Kardashian, who has 307 million followers on Instagram, need to be aware of problematic engagement. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

The dark side of social media influencing

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.
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Want to learn a language? Try TikTok

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.
Using social media increases our natural tendency to compare ourselves. How does this affect our well-being? (Shutterstock)

How social media can crush your self-esteem

Comparing ourselves to people who are worse off than we are on social media should make us feel better. The opposite is true.
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Six big digital trends to watch in 2022

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. (Shutterstock)

Have an Instagram account for your pet? Love sharing funny animal videos? You’re part of the cute economy

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. AP Photo/Tony Avelar

Facebook became Meta – and the company’s dangerous behavior came into sharp focus in 2021: 4 essential reads

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.
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. AP Photo/Eric Risberg

The thousands of vulnerable people harmed by Facebook and Instagram are lost in Meta’s ‘average user’ data

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.
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Why Facebook and other social media companies need to be reined in

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.
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Instagram can make teens feel bad about their body, but parents can help. Here’s how

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.

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