Antisocial Media

Science Says Facebook FOMO Is Real, Makes People Feel Like Crap

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It’s official: Facebook reduces young people’s sense of well-being and satisfaction with life, BBC reports. Phew, we thought we were the only ones who felt a rush of inadequacy whenever perusing the site.

A study tracked participants for two weeks, and “adds to a growing body of research saying Facebook can have negative psychological consequences,” BBC reports. The site is supposed to make people feel more connected, but the findings suggest it does the opposite. Read More


Real People No Longer Missing Out

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Here’s an app made for Manhattan. The mobile app TimeRAZOR has brought its real-time event information and fun capitalization conventions to the city, where it hopes to play on New Yorkers’ innate fear of missing out. The smartEVENT feature shows you what’s happening around you anytime from right now to two weeks out. “There are plenty of scenarios in which New Yorkers need reliable (and fun!) options to pull out of their back pocket when they want to extend their ‘play’ time a little longer,” says a press release which goes on to cite 1) a dinner date that’s going better than expected and 2) wanting to impress “clients or out-of-town friends and family with their knowledge of the local New York scene.” TimeRAZOR’s travelTIME feature will monitor traffic conditions so you won’t be late as you volley from party to party. This app bills itself as a FOMO fighter, but we’re unconvinced that it’s a FOMO allayer. Look at that icon. This is a FOMO abetter. Be warned!

Kids These Days

Young New Yorkers Sleep With Their Computers For That “Information Edge”

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The New York Times dove into the hyper connected world of 20 something with smartphones this weekend, returning with some shocking revelations about the behavior of this new cyber culture. A few findings:

People are always texting one another on their phones, even when they are out to dinner.

Checking in to venues. Passive aggressively emailing friends who are checking in when you are stuck at work.

To maintain an information edge, the digital youth keeps a device handy at all times. Spencer Lazar, founder of Spontaneously, sleeps with his smartphone, iPad and laptop in the bed. Read More