May 18, 2010 |
With his gaze fixed on a tiny screen, hearing plugged by earbuds and fingers flying, the average teenager may look like a disaster in the making: socially stunted, terminally distracted and looking for trouble. But look beyond the dizzying array of beeping, buzzing devices and the incessant multitasking, say psychologists, and today's digital kids may not be such a disaster after all. Far from hampering adolescents' social skills or putting them in harm's way, as many parents have feared, electronics appear to be the path by which children today develop emotional bonds, their own identities, and an ability to communicate and work with others.
October 30, 2013
Re "Social media's Roman roots," Opinion, Oct. 27 I recently finished reading James Boswell's "London Journey," a fascinating glimpse into 18th century upper-class life in London. I was impressed with the vast number of letters and notes written and received by Boswell. Evidently this was not a new phenomenon; every Scot (as Boswell was) and English child was expected to write to everyone they knew. This seems to be characteristic of every human society and not confined to the Internet age. The Internet just provides a faster way to communicate, create new ideas and meet one another than any other social media that has existed.
November 16, 2013
Re "Uh, your character is showing," Opinion, Nov. 12 Jonah Goldberg nails it: Teenagers must grapple with their digital identities when trying to stand out in college admissions. But we should consider these same issues regarding future employers and others. How you use social media can be a reflection of who you are. The old way of Googling someone to see what you can dig up ahead of an interview (or a date) has given way to cursory searches and reviews of social feeds. So, what do your last 20 tweets say about you?
July 12, 2013 |
“Sharknado,” Syfy's latest shlocky made-for-TV guilty pleasure, hit social media Thursday night like, well, a swirling cyclone of bloodthirsty fish. Yet another offering from the minds who brought us “Dinoshark,” “Sharktopus” and “Mega Shark Versus Crocosaurus,” “Sharknado” also benefited from the presence of at least two past-their-prime actors, starlet-turned-party-girl Tara Reid and “Beverly Hills 90210's” resident bro, Ian Zeiring. And, well, it's the summer and there isn't much else on. The combination of an absurd yet self-evident premise, a clumsy portmanteau title, visual effects that would leave Ed Wood embarrassed, and D-list stars proved to be the perfect storm for Twitter snarking, with seemingly everyone -- or at least seemingly everyone related somehow to the media industry -- weighing in on the campy spectacle.
April 20, 2013 |
Over the last few days, thousands of people have taken to the Internet to play Sherlock Holmes. Armed with little more than grainy surveillance camera videos, cellphone photos and live tweets from police scanners, they have flooded the Web with clues, tips and speculation about what happened in Boston and who might have been behind it. Monday's bombings, the first major terrorist attack on American soil in the age of smartphones, Twitter and...
May 8, 2012 |
Researchers at Harvard have gotten to the bottom of why so many of us are compelled to share our every thought, movement, like and want through mediums like Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram and Pinterest. In a series of experiments, the researchers found that the act of disclosing information about oneself activates the same sensation of pleasure in the brain that we get from eating food, getting money or having sex. It's all a matter of degrees of course, (talking about yourself isn't quite as pleasurable as sex for most of us)