We’ve all convinced ourselves that our habits of constantly checking Twitter and broadcasting our every thought aren’t actually affecting any other areas of our lives. But a new study shows that maintaining an active Twitter presence could be bad for your romantic relationships, despite being totally awesome for your precious personal brand.
The research comes from the University of Missouri, where doctoral student Russell Clayton “found a positive correlation between Twitter use and relationship woes,” Mashable reports. He surveyed 581 adult Twitter users, asking them about their Twitter activity and how often they argue with significant others. Read More
The worst part about breaking up with someone is often running into them in public afterward. Do you pretend not to see them? Do you act like the bigger person and initiate a friendly conversation? Or do you passive-aggressively tell them all the amazing things you’ve got going in hopes that they feel inferior after you walk away?
A new app is trying to erase all these questions by eliminating unwanted encounters with exes — or with anyone you don’t want to see. Called Split, the app lets you select who you want to avoid seeing in public. Split then combs Foursquare, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for you, alerting you to where the undesirables are lurking. It also, perhaps inadvertently, will enable users to keep tabs on the ones they want to bump into. Read More
Tech has changed quite a bit since this reporter’s awkward stage. When we were in middle school, you were only cool if you had more than 75 people on your AIM Buddy List and you could wield a tilde with *~sTyLe~*.
And, you probably spent a solid five hours a day after school playing The Sims. Read More
Most millennials can’t even imagine a romantic relationship that doesn’t include texting (or sexting). How did our parents do it? Did they only talk once a day? Were answering machines involved? How did they arrange dates?
And most importantly, what did they snoop through when their significant others left the room?!
The answers to these questions can only be gleaned Read More
We civilians are insufferable enough when it comes to having our picture taken for Instagram: “not that one, my face looks fat”; “try again so I can tilt my left cheekbone about 45 degrees east”; “did you get my shoes? I don’t know why you keep not getting my shoes.”
So imagine the psychological trauma inflicted when a famous person–a person whose pictures actually matter–uses Instagram. It happens, and real people are affected. Phoebe Luckhurst of the Standard has coined a term for the sad person stuck taking famous people’s Instagram pics: the “Instassistant.” Read More
Gifts are a great way to show people you care–if you have time to find, buy, wrap and send or give one. Now, a new app is streamlining the gift-giving process so that we can show people we give a shit when in reality, ehhhh we don’t really give a shit.
The app, Bond, enables its users to swipe through a bevy of gifts arranged by price–under $50, under $100, under $250 and “Splurge,” because spending $50+ on a gift for someone when you can’t even be arsed to go to the store for them isn’t enough of a splurge. Read More
People love to grumble about how Twitter and Instagram are ruining society and making ppl 4get how to express themselves. Well, it turns out, only 5.2 percent of people in the world are actually considered digital natives, so just chill.
A digital native is defined in this report as “a youth who has five or more years’ experience using the Internet,” the Register reports. Cool how such a small proportion of the population can terrify almost all of the world’s Olds! Read More
Remember your first BlackBerry? Remember the creepy feeling that it was vibrating in your pocket when it wasn’t even in your pocket, but instead was in the other room?
Well, it turns out you had an actual condition, a syndrome no less. And phantom phone vibration is still being experienced by lots and lots of people, including 90 percent of college undergrads who took part in a study in 2012, NPR reports. Read More