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
Just in case the country’s biggest social network wasn’t stressing everyone out enough already, Facebook is now developing an app that will only be available to its most popular members.
The app would only be available to the most important of Facebook VIPs, All Things D reports, and would enable stars (read: probably their flaks) to “quickly respond to fans on the fly, and become a part of the conversation,” which also sounds pretty stressful. Read More
Vacations are cool but they cost money and require you to get up and move around, plus sometimes your phone doesn’t work and there’s no WiFi where you’re going, so actually who needs ‘em. Read More
Watching someone bail out on a real-life conversation to stare at their phone while they insist, “No, no, go on, I’m listening,” is really freaking annoying. Thankfully, a new term has been coined for the practice — “phubbing” — and Australians and Brits are fighting back against it.
Phubbing is defined on the initiative’s website as “the act of snubbing someone in a social setting by looking at your phone instead of paying attention.” It’s defined by us as, “the worst part of hanging out with someone under 50 years old.” Read More
If you think tapping away on your smartphone is making you look cool and popular, you are wrong, science says.
Per some researchers at Harvard Business School, people tend to hunch when they’re using small devices, which increases stress and decreases testosterone levels — affecting the way they act even after the devices have been put away and “causing [users] to be less likely to take risks immediately afterward,” according to the Wall Street Journal. Read More
Hosting a dinner party but afraid your friends are too boring and vapid to keep their eyes off their iPhones the whole time? Simply buy this tablecloth that includes zip pockets for holding people’s mobile devices, which they could just as easily keep in their pockets or purses the whole time!
The Zip It tablecloth ensures that guests’ mobile phones are kept far enough away from them that they won’t be texting throughout dinner, but not far enough to send them into full-fledged panic attacks. Read More
Eat, Pray, Delete: Experts Said Social Networks Should Create “Break-up” Tools to Clear Your Profile of Your Ex
After a break-up, the social media cleanse of your wretched ex is often more difficult than dealing with the physical objects left scattered in your apartment. So despite the fact that it’s entirely your fault for filling your feed with annoying coupley pictures, so-called experts said it’s actually Facebook’s problem for not have a feature to make it easier to delete all that couple content. Read More
We’ve always wondered whether incessant iPhone use was slowly destroying our ability to function IRL. If South Korea is any indication, it just might be.
Across the plastic-surgery-happy peninsula, some people are developing digital dementia, or “a deterioration in cognitive abilities that is more commonly seen in people who have suffered a head injury or psychiatric illness,” according to the Telegraph. Read More
If there’s one thing that will make weird engineering students less awkward, it’s more time spent in front of a computer.
That seems to be the idea behind MIT’s new My Automated Conversation Coach, or MACH. The software provides a digitally animated pal for you to interact with, VentureBeat reports. The program then analyzes eye contact, facial expressions, speech patterns and behavior. Read More