A study by Dr Kirsten Corder of Cambridge University has found that “Television, computer games and internet use were all harmful to academic performance, but TV viewing was the most detrimental“
Zuckerberg has announced that Facebook is to introduce a dislike button. With over a billion of us active on facebook it has become an integral part of Western society.
The dislike button has been requested for years and In a Q&A session held at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, the 31-year-old said: “the button would be a way for people to express empathy.”
In the Metro newspaper, today (11/9/15) was an article, on the effects of social media usage on teenagers.
The study outlined in the paper highlights the growing concern of social media and our reliance on it. Discussing the effect on our younger generation and the correlation between social media and anxiety with teenagers.
The study states that not only does social media cause teenagers to worry about ‘being in the loop’, but the pressures put on them to ‘always be available’. This leads to adolescence checking their phone at night, impacting on their quality of sleep, then causing sleep deprivation which has been linked to an increased vulnerability to ‘depression and anxiety’.
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Relationships. You have negotiated the dating stage and have found a partner. You settle into the conferrable space of a relationship; the ups, downs and early nights in. Life seems good!
What strikes me with this picture is where has the buzz of the ‘Dating Game’ Gone? Much of our lives is governed by the use of technology from an emotional and cognitive viewpoint. We have spent the last few months getting rather good at meeting and talking to people via online dating sites, having our pick and getting a boost of self-esteem. Where do we get that from now?
I was at the cinema recently and as normal I was struck by a number of phones in use throughout the film. Now the film in question was great. The film was not the usual mindless Hollywood blockbuster. Instead, a title a bit more heartfelt, a bit grittier. What’s the relevance?
Connecting to Technology
How often do you pick up your mobile phone throughout the day? Two or three times maybe? 10? Or even more? It’s old news that Smartphones have enabled us to connect to others in new ways through the internet. And by the nature of our Smartphones we have access to that connection wherever and whenever we want.
We have started using our Smartphones on the way to and from the office, our computer and at home. The indoctrination of mobile technology has resulted in the way we connect and live within our society; to be intrinsically bound within the use of the internet. So much so that it does not seem viable to live without a constant connection to it.
Perfecting your Craft
Christoph Waltz, one of the great actors of the moment; a favourite of Quentin Tarantino and has just been cast as the new Bond Villain.
He was recently featured in the British GQ magazine and comes across unassuming, typically old-school and passionate about his craft. What becomes apparent early on in the interview is how uncomfortable he is talking about his personal life, his children and parents. He shuns these questions in such a way that would lead you to believe that he dislikes fame. And you would be right. He says: “if you become famous because of your long career, that’s one thing. As motivation in itself, celebrity is foolhardy and stupid.” he [Waltz] complains, ‘I hate it’ but the craft of acting is what drives him.
As I turn over the next page of the magazine I am met with a different type of article – ‘Yacht week: Holiday hedonism for the super-rich’. Essentially the participants get a yacht, spend loads of money and carnage and debautory ensues.
I was recently reading an introduction to the psychologist and linguist Jacques Lacan. Much of his work involved making sense of how we understand and conceptualise our reality into language. Essentially Lacan argues that
I noticed an interesting report on the BBC news website a month ago or so. The article concerned itself with the growing trend of excessive use of social media by school children. It states that many parents find it hard to regulate how they use the internet. Many will say: “There have always been distractions. I can remember being told off for reading Jackie magazine inside my textbooks.” So, has anything changed?
I received a Twitter comment from @forwardtherapy concerning my last blog entry labelling internet addiction . The comment stated: “My professional experience is, the label is less significant than discussing Internet use as a response to life circumstances”.