During their April F8 conference, Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri committed to cracking down on cyberbullying within the platform. The company have delivered and recently introduced the Restrict feature. Classic guidance on dealing with bullies has always been that if you ignore bullies, they will quickly lose interest. This new restriction tool allows users to inhibit … Continue reading Cyberbullying on Instagram
In 2018, video game addiction was classified by the World Health Organisation as a mental health condition. Cases of problematic gaming have become more visible in recent years and tales of total absorption have sparked a moral panic. Parents are terrified of their children getting hooked on Fortnite and the media continue to report on … Continue reading Video Game Addiction – Fact or Fiction?
Technochauvinism is a recent addition to cyber vernacular. Coined by data journalist Meredith Broussard, it refers to the view that technology will always improve things, and that technological solutions should always be favoured over traditional approaches. How many times have you tried scanning your groceries through the self check outs with painful results? These chipper … Continue reading Technochauvinism and AI Bias
Phobias are one of the most common psychological issues people face today. 10% of the US population are reported to experience or have experienced a specific phobia in their lifetimes, however it is thought that between 60 and 80% of sufferers do not actively seek treatment for their phobias. Treatment for the affliction normally involves "exposure … Continue reading Virtual Reality and the Treatment of Phobias
Blindboy Boatclub is fast becoming one of the most influential content creators in Ireland today. As a podcast creator, musician, producer and author, he is gaining a strong following the world over. A recent podcast raised a question on how difficult it is to make a living as a musician in today's world. A podcast patron … Continue reading Patreon and Persuasion
Last week, we spoke about social media and the growing concerns about social's effect on teen wellbeing. But as countless articles cite stats on Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram use, other channels are surfacing that are changing the way we think about social media. Introducing Tik Tok, the answer to all our woes. A successor to Vine, … Continue reading Intro to Tik Tok
Scroll Free September is an initiative being launched by the Royal Society of Public Health in the UK, encouraging young people to stop using social media for a full 30 days to counteract problematic use. Claire Murdoch, the National Director for Mental Health, NHS England remarked: "Scroll Free September is right to highlight growing concerns that … Continue reading Social Media – Good or Bad?