social media

How to be a healthy user of social media

How to be a healthy user of social media

Peggy Kern, University of Melbourne We can learn a lot about people through how they use social media. For example, Twitter language can be used to predict the risk of…

Misinformation on social media: Can technology save us?

Misinformation on social media: Can technology save us?

Filippo Menczer, Indiana University, Bloomington If you get your news from social media, as most Americans do, you are exposed to a daily dose of hoaxes, rumors, conspiracy theories and…

Why children need social media lessons

Why children need social media lessons

Peter Coe, Aston University It has given a voice to a generation, and helped unite people and communities far and wide. But social media is not always used as a…

Is social media turning people into narcissists?

Is social media turning people into narcissists?

W. Keith Campbell, University of Georgia Social media has revolutionised how we communicate. In this series, we look at how it has changed the media, politics, health, education and the…

How sexual partner abuse has changed with social media

How sexual partner abuse has changed with social media

David Finkelhor, University of New Hampshire and Janis Wolak, University of New Hampshire Incidents involving threats to expose sexual images, or what media are calling “sextortion,” are not new, but…

Social media can damage body image – here’s how to counteract it

Social media can damage body image – here’s how to counteract it

Susan J Paxton, La Trobe University and Siân McLean, La Trobe University Social media is a wonderful way to connect with others, share experiences and opinions and express ideas…

Connections aren’t conversations – while technology enables, it can also interfere

Connections aren’t conversations – while technology enables, it can also interfere

Daria Kuss, Nottingham Trent University A prisoner was in the US was recently released after 44 years of incarceration for the attempted murder of a police officer. Emerging onto the…

Five ways to help your child if they are being bullied at school

Five ways to help your child if they are being bullied at school

Mark Heaton, Sheffield Hallam University Bullying is one of the top concerns that parents have about their children’s safety and well-being – and it can make life a misery…

We don’t need digital detox, but there is a need to rethink our relationship with technology

We don’t need digital detox, but there is a need to rethink our relationship with technology

Natasha Mauthner, University of Aberdeen We all know the scare stories. Growing numbers of people are becoming addicted to the internet and constantly checking their digital gadgets. They are steadily…

Why the Internet isn’t making us smarter – and how to fight back

Why the Internet isn’t making us smarter – and how to fight back

David Dunning, University of Michigan In the hours since I first sat down to write this piece, my laptop tells me the National Basketball Association has had to deny that…

How a mindful approach to computer and smartphone use might just make you happier

How a mindful approach to computer and smartphone use might just make you happier

Anastasia Papazafeiropoulou, Brunel University London and Jeremy Hunter, Claremont Graduate University Computing today is perverse. Information technology may have freed up our time through computerization and automation, but it has…