Brain Hacking

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)

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Sight of the Facebook logo is enough to trigger ‘hedonic reactions’ that are as addictive as nicotine and chocolate (Daily Mail)

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)

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4492252/Are-addicted-social-media.html#ixzz4mIhbRNIG
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Is someone telling your child to TDTM? Police reveals the sexting codes every parent MUST know to keep teens safe (Daily Mail)

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)

Social media spats lead to arrests of 2 teens (News 4 JAX)

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)

Facebook Is Telling Your Friends Where You Are at All Times. Here’s How to Stop It (Money)

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)

Snapchat Is Basically Stalking Your Every Move And New Actionmojis Prove it (Elite Daily)

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)