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Make It Stop: “My Friends’ Social Media Updates Are Making Me Depressed”

Make It Stop: "My Friends' Social Media Updates Are Making Me Depressed"

I feel like a bad friend. My friends seem so successful and I feel like I’m stalling. All I see are updates about marriages, babies, pregnancies, I feel like I can’t keep up. How do I not feel so terrible about it?

Social media is a tool, not a reflection of real life. Like airbrushed models on the cover of “Vogue,” the images and status updates you see posted from friends, family, frenemies and exes are carefully edited to convey a particular narrative. They can be things like, “I’m so in love with my husband!” or “I’m so happy in my new graduate program!” or ““I’m so #blessed!” Keep reading »

You’re An Instagram Addict, But It’s Not Your Fault

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We all know the compulsive itch to check Instagram at the most inopportune of moments (or worse, in our actual free time when we could be doing so many things that are actually constructive). Nir Eyal, author of Hooked: How To Build Habit-Forming Products, recently sat down with Business Insider to explain why the app is so damn addictive. If you can’t tell by the title of his book, the factors are pretty bleak, and were definitely strategized in some boardroom long before you downloaded the app. Keep reading »

Believe It Or Not, The Most Tweeted-About Food In November Isn’t Turkey

Believe It Or Not, The Most Tweeted-About Food In November Isn't Turkey

Over the next several weeks, prepare to be completely inundated with social media photos of people’s Thanksgiving meals. You’ll see so many pictures of sweet potatoes that life will suddenly take on an orange hue, and obviously, you’ll see turkeys en masse, because they’re Thanksgiving’s most important staple.

Somehow, though, last year’s most-tweeted about food during the month of November was NOT turkey, which completely boggles my mind. I’m sure some of you will say Oh, but what about the vegans and vegetarians and blah blah blahbut what if I were to tell you that the most tweeted-about food IS meat and turkey wasn’t even the second most-popular? Check out the top 10 most tweeted-about foods on Twitter from November 2013 after the jump, and feel free to make predictions for this year! Keep reading »

RIP Society: Woman Invents Motion-Sensing Mobile So Babies Can Post Selfies From Their Cribs

For those of you whose Facebook news feeds have become bombarded with photos of your friends’ babies, this is not good news for you. A design student in the Netherlands has just come up with perhaps the most invasive technology ever, sure to make baby’s first words be “I hate you, mama.”

New Born Fame, designed by Laura Cornet, is a motion-sensing mobile made for a baby’s crib that snaps photos of the child every time he or she moves, and posts them to social media once the baby reaches for them. The mobile consists of several stuffed, plush toys, some of which are social media icons like the famous Twitter bird and the Facebook “F.” There’s even a pair of soft baby sneakers that have an internal pedometer to track the baby’s kicks. You know… in case you’re concerned he won’t have what it takes to make the Olympic soccer team. Keep reading »

Dear Facebook: My Name Is NOT Elizabeth Gallagher

Dear Facebook: My Name Is NOT Elizabeth Gallagher

Hi. My name is Ross von Metzke. I’m a 35-year-old gay male living in Southern California. Blonde hair, green eyes, 6’0”. Did I mention I’m male?

But according to Facebook, for the last 24 hours, my name has been Elizabeth Gallagher.

Why?

If I’m being honest, it’s my own fucking fault — but I’m gonna pin some of this on Facebook anyway because, well, why not. Keep reading »

About Art And Art Selfies

I keep having to revise my position on art selfies. I don’t know. I still hate the fact that most museum patrons seem to be there to say that they were there, to have the pictures to prove it; that they’re not seeing the art, they’re seeing themselves with the art. At the same time, I don’t want to fall down the rabbit hole that says “Selfies are bad! You’re so vain! How can you be so self-absorbed! Gosh!” Passing that kind of judgment is even more annoying than being a museum patron who makes the gallery attendant’s day as aggravating as possible by touching the god damned frames while you take a selfie when you know full well you’re not supposed to. Keep reading »

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