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
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
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
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 Do we need a Scroll Free September?
Pressure has been mounting on social platforms to address the myriad side effects commonly associated with social media use, such as comparison and low self esteem. Tristan Harris's "Time Well Spent" movement has promised to deliver a more intentional and mindful tech experience and other company's are swiftly following suit. Harris, former design ethicist for … Continue reading Social Currency and Instagram “Likes”