Youngsters Now Prefer Texting vs. Face-to-Face Communication

We’re seeing growing concern about the impact on teenagers of smartphone usage in general and social media in particular. A new report makes for disturbing reading in a number of respects, not least that 13-17 year olds now prefer text messaging to face-to-face conversations … The report, entitled Social Media, Social Life: Teens Reveal Their Experiences, was published by Common Sense, which describes itself...

As Google Turns 20, Has It Gotten To Powerful?

Twenty years after Larry Page and Sergey Brin set out to organize all of the internet’s information, the search engine they named Google has morphed into a dominating force in smartphones, online video, email, maps and much more. That resounding success now has regulators and lawmakers around the world questioning whether the company has become too powerful as its ubiquitous...

Top 15 Influential Afro-Latinos Reshaping Pop Culture

As the internet and viral dances brings us closer together, artists from around the world have the ability to garner the ears of billions of people with the right song. Like Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s unavoidable smash single “Despactio” that spread like a wildfire in 2017, tying the longest reigning number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts...

Gary Vee Breakdown What It Takes To Be A Influencer Marketer

The following is an edited excerpt from #AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness by Gary Vaynerchuk. The excerpt was provided by HarperBusiness Publishing. You can buy a copy here. Q: Where do you see the biggest untapped opportunities in the social media influence space? Where is the next big thing coming from? A: Influencers have more power than ever because now...

Video Games Boxes Issues New Warning

Popular titles like Fortnite and FIFA can allow players to wrack up huge bills by spending money on in-game items and currencies. Video games boxes will soon sport an icon warning parents of the potential for extra purchases, in a bid to avoid instances of children unwittingly spending hundreds of pounds on digital items and currencies. Many popular titles offer players...

Instagram Users Can Now Apply For The “Blue Dot” ✓

Here's what you need to know to get a blue tick for the 'gram (although it's actually a white tick on a blue background). Instagram users can now apply to receive a verified tick for their profiles - but will only get it if they are "notable". It comes as the company introduces a handful of new tools to help...

Facebook Watch Rolls Out Global

Facebook is rolling out its Watch video service globally one year after it launched in the United States with original entertainment news and sports content to compete with platforms like Alphabet Inc’s YouTube. Facebook’s Head of Video Fidji Simo said Watch was gaining real momentum in a crowded marketplace because it was built on the notion that watching videos could...

Deepfake Porn & Creepshots Now Banned On Tumblr

New guidelines address revelations that the microblogging site is being used to harass people using sexually explicit images. Tumblr is updating its guidelines on sexual imagery to "address new technologies that can be used to humiliate and threaten other people".The microblogging site's guidelines address two new phenomena involving sexual images which have come about as a result of evolving technology...

Trending Now: The Rise of Self-Harm Among Girls

Suicide rates among American teens are rising, as are rates of depression and anxiety. A new study in JAMA shows the pattern is similar for self-harm, with alarmingly high rates among young girls. Until 2008, the rate of self-inflicted injuries bad enough to land a young person in the emergency room was relatively stable. But since 2009, the rate of girls aged 10 to 14...

These New Emojis Could Change How We Talk About Periods

When texting and feeling down, the most typical emoji to express this sentiment is a sad face. However, if you’re feeling down because you’re on your period, how could you put that into words without getting a #TMI response? A sad face emoji truly does not suffice when it comes to cramps, bloating, and simply feeling low. A new...