Fighting the Infodemic

In February, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the WHO made a speech to the Munich Security Conference, highlighting the importance of accurate reporting on the emerging coronavirus. He noted "We're not just fighting an epidemic; we're fighting an infodemic. Fake news spreads faster and more easily than this virus, and is just as dangerous." Conspiracy … Continue reading Fighting the Infodemic

Instagram and Introversion

Previous research suggests strong associations between extroverted and introverted traits and certain user behaviour patterns on social media. Social media use is generally categorised as either active or passive. Active use involves communicating with others, chatting with friends, commenting on photos etc. Passive users can be described as “lurkers”, observing photos and browsing profiles without … Continue reading Instagram and Introversion

Cyberbullying on Instagram

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

Video Game Addiction – Fact or Fiction?

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 and AI Bias

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

Virtual Reality and the Treatment of Phobias

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

Patreon and Persuasion

Patreon and Persuasion

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