Silicon Valley is engineering your phone, apps and social media to get you hooked, says a former Google product manager. Anderson Cooper reports. (YouTube Link)
Silicon Valley is engineering your phone, apps and social media to get you hooked, says a former Google product manager. Anderson Cooper reports. (video)
With people spending more time glued to their phones, social media is quickly becoming addictive, a new study has warned.
The worrying study found that the mere sight of the Facebook logo is now enough to get some people craving time online.
The findings illustrate just how obsessed people are becoming with social media, and could help to develop a social media rehabilitation programme.
The research claims the site is just as addictive as chocolate or nicotine. (read more)
Police have issued parents with a ‘sexting dictionary’ of code words teenagers use to secretly exchange explicit messages and photos. Worried officers have figured out that teens have a sinister new language as part of KPC (Keeping Parents Clueless). Police fear many families would not what was going on if they found letters such as WYRN or P911 or LMIRL, MOS, TDTM or IWSN on a kid’s phone. But they really mean What’s Your Real Name, Parent Alert, Let’s Meet in Real Life, Mum Over Shoulder, Talk Dirty to Me, and I Want Sex Now. (read more)
CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – Two Clay County teenagers are facing charges in separate incidents related to social media spats. Sarah Ray, 19, is charged with sexual cyber harassment after deputies said she posted nude pictures of another woman on Facebook without the the victim’s consent. “There are consequences to just even the choices we make on social media, and sooner of later, if you are a bully on social media, it will come back to bite you,” Dwann Holmes, a social media consultant, told News4Jax on Friday. The victim told deputies on Wednesday that Ray has been harassing her for months and threatening to fight her. (read more)
Snapchat made headlines earlier this week with the introduction of “Snap Map,” a new feature that allows users to see their friends’ location on a map. Some were quick to point out that the function can jeopardize Snapchat users’ privacy; Facebook implemented a similar measure years ago in 2014. Facebook’s feature is called “Nearby Friends” and works similarly with the exception of a map. The social network’s mobile app will show you the precise neighborhood your Facebook friends are located in when nearby as well as display the location of friends who are currently traveling. If you’d like to turn off this feature to maintain privacy, here’s how to do it: (read more)
In case you’re unaware, Snapchat is taking your stalking capabilities to new levels with the help of its recently added feature, Snap Map, and super adorable Actionmojis that go along with it. This animated map walks quite a thin line between being informative and downright creepy, though the social media app refers to it as “a new way to explore the world.” We, however, like to refer to it as a new way to keep a watchful eye on your ex. (read more)
The family of a Pennsylvania teen who killed herself this week used her obituary to shine a light on bullying. Sadie L. Riggs, a 15-year-old from Bedford who recently began her studies at Bedford Senior High School, hanged herself on Monday. Her loved ones, in an obituary posted by Geisel Funeral Homes, recalled her bright spirit while addressing the struggles she also faced. “In an effort to debunk the rumors about Sadie’s death we would like to share this information. Yes, Sadie took her own life, she hung herself,” it reads. “For the bullies involved, please know you were effective in making her feel worthless. That is all between you and God now, but please know that it is not too late to change.” Sadie’s aunt, who lived with the teen, said the high school student was primarily bullied through apps like SnapChat, Kik and Instagram. (read more)
Instagram likes are great, hearts on Messages are fine, but the one metric by which many teens live and die is the snap streak. A Snapchat streak is when you send direct snaps back and forth with a friend for several consecutive days. The longer you go without breaking the chain of communication, the longer your streak is. Snapchat rewards longer streaks with special emojis, such as the “100” emoji for streaks lasting 100 days, or a mountain emoji for an extremely long streak. Many teens invest an inordinate amount of time keeping streaks alive. There’s nothing more devastating than losing a streak you’ve put months of work into. (read more)
New York University professor Adam Alter, author of “Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked,” explains why Steve Jobs never let his kids use an iPad. Following is a transcript of the video. Steve Jobs in 2010 was on the stage at the Apple event releasing the iPad and he described it as a wonderful device that brought you educational tools. It allowed you to surf the web, it allowed you to watch videos, it allowed you to interact with other people. And he basically said it’s the best way to do all those things. (read full article)