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Social Media Addiction

21 Confessions From Social Media Addicts

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 02.01.2016 | Healthy Living

Can't put your phone down? You're hardly alone (which is ironic, considering the isolating effect of social media). While hardly anyone had one a deca...

This Is Why You Can't Quit Facebook

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 12.15.2015 | Healthy Living

If there is one maxim about our digital lives, it might be this: You always come back to Facebook. Sure, you may have "taken a break," going so far as...

Startling Photo Series Explores How Our Phones Have Become Us

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 11.11.2015 | Healthy Living

Our phones, it seems, are an extension of ourselves. More than half of American smartphone owners check their device a few times an hour, according to...

Does Facebook Make You Depressed?

Dr Perpetua Neo | Posted 11.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr Perpetua Neo

In fact, one of my friends calls rebuilding life "climbing out of a crater and realizing there's a mountain ahead of you." And Facebook can be that mountain in our lives. Here's seven points we can reflect upon to make that mountain less daunting.

Why I Deleted Instagram

Penny Phillips | Posted 10.21.2015 | Women
Penny Phillips

Three months ago I joined Facebook and Instagram. Tired of feeling like the perpetual outsider in my group of friends, and in desperate need of blog-promotion, I decided to do the one thing I swore I'd never do.

Internet Distraction: The Writer's Main Dilemma

Kristen Houghton | Posted 10.06.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Listen up authors. It's time to play the writers' game of True or False. Ready? Here goes! 1. The Internet and social media are a boon to all writers...

Why Parents Should Ban Smartphones From Their Kids' Bedrooms

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 09.23.2015 | Science

Should parents ban smartphones from their kids' rooms at night? It's probably a good idea, according to new research. Why? Because more than 20 perce...

How To Know You've Had Too Much Facebook (And What To Do Instead)

Jennifer S. White | Posted 08.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer S. White

I know that I've been on Facebook too long when I begin to feel catty or mean. For me -- I'll be honest -- this doesn't take long.

You Are Not the Facebook User; You Are the Product

Dragos Bratasanu | Posted 08.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Dragos Bratasanu

The next time you scroll aimlessly the Facebook wall, remember that you are in fact the product that just jumped on the shelves of Facebook, waiting to be sold to advertisers. That's how we spend our lives.

How Giving Up My Phone Forced Me To Live My Life

Sarah Bourassa | Posted 07.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Sarah Bourassa

Here's how detoxing from my phone for 48 hours helped me reset my well-being and develop a healthier relationship with my phone.

Capture Life In Your Soul -- Not Your Smartphone

Alison Vilag | Posted 07.20.2015 | Technology
Alison Vilag

Disconnecting forces your mind to process an event differently than if you're simply going to tweet it. It's hard to experience what's all around you when you're spending every moment with your eyes glued to a screen.

Filter Less, Live More: 6 Social Media and Technology Rules to Live By

Alyssa Piperis | Posted 07.09.2015 | Media
Alyssa Piperis

What's funny about living in this day and age is that most of us seem to simultaneously be dependent on modern technology and be frustrated with how it's transformed areas of our lives that were already stressful enough without it -- i.e. dating, relationships, and confrontation.

Get Off the Stage and Get in the Moment

Lacey Johnson | Posted 05.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Lacey Johnson

Pictures and other means of documentation are valuable because they assist in keeping the memories alive; however, what if they also create a distraction from the importance and beauty of the actual moment?

Social Media Is Ruining Everything

Benjamin Gordon | Posted 05.11.2015 | College
Benjamin Gordon

A typical day for me starts out with me turning off the alarm on my smartphone and immediately taking the opportunity to check all my texts, instant messages, emails, status updates... you get the picture.

Emoji Is The New Language Of The Future -- And There's No Going Back

Tallia Storm | Posted 05.11.2015 | Teen
Tallia Storm

But the reality is that emoji isn't just for family banter and sarcastic dialogue. Nor is it simply to be regarded as an amusing supplement to language. We teens are at the forefront of a generation that is living in the now.

Are You Addicted to Sharing?

Jennifer Connolly | Posted 05.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Connolly

I'm now trying to find a healthy balance between totally wired and totally unplugged. It's harder than I expected. How wired in are you? Have you tried unplugging for more than 24 hours?

Whither Social Media?

Frank A. Weil | Posted 06.21.2015 | Technology
Frank A. Weil

Oh, for the good old days, when a very popular person might count their number of good friends on their fingers and toes. Today, if someone does not have a 1,000 friends and followers, they must be exuding either the worst body odors that the Internet can carry or they are virtual hermits.

Social Media and the Ability to "Be"

Devynn Barnes | Posted 05.04.2015 | Technology
Devynn Barnes

I'm not talking about losing the ability to "be in the moment" -- an overused phrase often dropped by those opposed to social media movement, and one that I see as weak ammunition. What I'm afraid we've lost is not the ability to be in the moment, but the ability to just be.

Social Media Is Another Canvas for Millennial Artists

Alyssa Chayasing | Posted 04.15.2015 | College
Alyssa Chayasing

I want to be a master in my field, so I don't have time to get caught up in a distraction that shouldn't exist. I want to be a great artist someday, and that won't happen if I become satisfied by likes and nice comments from being a "good" artist.

A Conversation About Conversations

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 04.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

Tons of research suggests that we enjoy social interactions like conversing, dancing, partying and drinking with friends. Yet we spend our time alone on devices, loosely connected even when we are amidst our social kind.

No, You Probably Won't Get Addicted To Facebook

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.29.2015 | Science

As social media use has surged, so too has research on its addictive potential and negative psychological impacts. A number of studies have sugges...

This Is What Happened When I Put Tinder Aside to Pursue the Girl of My Dreams

Brian Hanley | Posted 02.14.2015 | Technology
Brian Hanley

As Max Frisch said: "Technology [is] the knack of so arranging the world that we don't have to experience it."

Research Links Addictive Social Media Behavior With Substance Abuse

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.20.2015 | Science

Plenty of research has demonstrated that the addictive quality of social media is very real. And according to a new study, heavy social media use may ...

5 Signs You Should Take A Break From Social Media

Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living

By Samantha Gregor In a tech-obsessed society where 500 million tweets are sent per day and 1.28 billion people use Facebook on a regular basis...

The Characters You Follow On Twitter

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 01.25.2015 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Twitter lies. There are definitely more than 140 characters allowed in the Twittersphere. Here are some of the many idiots and characters that you follow on Twitter.