All posts tagged: Social Media

Who I Follow on Social Media and Why …

I recently listened to a fascinating podcast about social media. The hosts were discussing mental health and how the use of social media can impact us both positively and negatively. They looked at studies, most of which were targeted to Facebook users, that questioned how often people used social media and how this affected them emotionally. Head over to Spotify and search ‘Stuff To Blow Your Mind – Is Social Media Driving Us Insane?’ to listen to the podcast for yourself. Okay, so we may have created some unhealthy habits when it comes to social media but there is also a huge amount of good stuff happening online too! Of course everyone’s personal experience is very different but here’s how I see it… Unlike other forms of media, like TV, radio and magazines, our social media channels are created by us. We choose who to follow, what to watch and who to engage with. We curate our own news by selecting who and what we want to see. You can find a specific community of …

Everything you need to know about SNAPCHAT

I must start off by warning, like most social media apps, snapchat is mega addictive! If you think you can handle it… here is everything you need to know! Recently, so many people have been asking me why I use snapchat and what all the fuss is about. So I thought I’d write this guide for all users from snapchat newbies to seasoned pros! If you haven’t downloaded the app on to your phone yet then you’re probably thinking, why do I need another one. I’ve already got Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Whatsapp, emails!!! argh! Or maybe you’re thinking it’s an app for fourteen year old to send selfies and rude pics to each other. Think again! Snapchat is fun, casual and majorly under rated. Essentially, snapchat allows you to share photos and videos of your daily life with your mates. Snaps are limited to 10 seconds each and can only be viewed for 24 hours. You can send your snaps to your friends directly or you can create a ‘story’, a kind of timeline …

Are You Obsessed with the Internet ?

How much time do you spend each day ‘online’ ? Reading emails, tweets, instagram etc ? Are you online obsessed ? I’m guessing that most of us would probably say no, who would admit to being enslaved to the internet to such an extent, that it is titled an ‘obsession’! Well, apparently we are. I recently read an article about an app that monitors how often people use their phones, and for how long each day. It stated that the average person checks their phone 9 times per hour and over 100 times per day. We are obsessed! Personally, I know I am guilty of scrolling through instagram at all hours of the day. In the car, in the bath and even though I know it’s terrible, in bed! I read blogs, I create Pinterest boards and I scroll idly through tweets. Why are we so addicted to being online? Are we using social media for work, for self promotion or just to validate ourselves with a number of likes or retweets? Maybe we’re a bit …