The Inside Story of Instagram

No Filter is a detailed and balanced account of the birth of Instagram, an app which has changed the social landscape and impacted the world of entertainment, celebrity, travel and business. On the flip side, it's also had a massive influence on body image issues, social comparison and mental health. Author Sarah Frier offers an … Continue reading The Inside Story of Instagram

Can we talk about Zoom Fatigue?

Hard to believe we've reached week 8 of lockdown isn't it? The first few weeks of quarantine were a breeze, seeing friends at the click of a button, scheduling quizzes, dance parties and dinners via video call. The novelty of Zoom backgrounds and clap hand emojis delighted us. But what happens when your workday consists … Continue reading Can we talk about Zoom Fatigue?

Seeking Online Therapy during the Covid crisis

As the lockdown period continues, many are feeling the pressure. Financial troubles, job losses, social isolation and fears for the health of family and friends are compounding and the effects on mental health cannot be denied. Medical experts warn of a looming mental health crisis in the coming months due to our current unprecedented circumstances. … Continue reading Seeking Online Therapy during the Covid crisis

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

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?

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