The risk of experiencing harm online is real, especially for children – but decades of research don’t support the alarmist tropes used in these conversations.
It appears that the rhythms of your brain waves get in sync with the speech patterns of the person you’re conversing with. Videoconferencing throws off that syncing process.
Many people are feeling the urge to quit Facebook. It’s not hard to do, technically speaking. It’s a good idea, however, to pause first and look back on your digital memories.
Online lies can often be easy to detect, by searching for images and phone numbers and exploring social media profiles. Some people lie anyway – and countless others take the bait.
Detaching from the physical world may make for deeper bonds.
Some have said that technology could lead to ‘a new ice age’ of social isolation. Not so fast, says the author of a new book about shyness.
There is no doubt that virtual reality is the next big thing. But for families with young children, it may be wiser to wait a little before leaping headlong into this new reality.