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Social Media Addiction

Put Your Smartphone Down and Look Up

Outspeak | Posted 09.13.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

In the eternal words of Ferris Bueller,"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop [and put your phone down] once in a while, you could miss it."

Why This Should Be the Summer You Live IRL

Claire Davidson | Posted 05.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Claire Davidson

I still don't think social media is the root of all evil. After all, it connects us to loved ones far away, allows us to look back on fond memories from years ago, and is arguably the best thing to happen to doctor's office waiting rooms since free lollipops.

Social Media and Technology: Have We Gone Too Far?

Carol Morgan | Posted 05.27.2016 | Women
Carol Morgan

Sometimes I look at these people who are excessive-picture-takers-and-posters-on-social-media and think, "What ever happened to just simply enjoying the moment? Why do we feel the need to constantly document our lives for everyone to see?"

The Unsocial Experiment: A Month Without Social Media

Arianna Yanes | Posted 05.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Arianna Yanes

If you're feeling like I did about social media- hooked, glued, fixated, and ultimately disappointed- an unsocial experiment might be worth a shot. Just one month can give time to refocus, recenter, and reconnect- all by disconnecting.

The Rumors of My Twittercide Have Not Been Greatly Exaggerated

Melissa Palmer | Posted 05.11.2016 | Media
Melissa Palmer

Hi all. So, yeh. It's true. I killed @Noompsydahling. Killed the shit out of her and good riddance. Why am I being so mean about it? Well, that's just it. That's the way of Twitter, I have come to find. Mean is cool. Insensitive is cool. Cold is cool.

Why the GOP Candidates' Lack of Character Is More Important Than Policy

Jessica Elliott | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics
Jessica Elliott

As American citizens we bear so many privileges, the most treasured of which being our right to vote. And the further into this election cycle we get, the more worried I am that we are going to totally blow it.

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 11.05.2016 | 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 10.21.2016 | 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 10.06.2016 | Home
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 percen...

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

Jennifer S. White | Posted 08.17.2016 | 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 08.12.2016 | 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 07.23.2016 | 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 07.19.2016 | 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 07.08.2016 | 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 05.29.2016 | 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 05.11.2016 | 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 05.11.2016 | 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 05.05.2016 | 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.