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Do you bring your phone to the dinner table? 

I notice this as a trend with my friends and me. More often than not, most of us sit at social events with our phones in our hands. While we do manage to have conversations together, we spend a significant amount of time scrolling through our phones as well.

This isn’t bothersome to the friends who are connected in all areas of social media, but to a person like my sister for instance, this habit is annoying. What do you think?

Our phones are not accessories, but psychologically potent devices that change not just what we do but who we are. A second path toward conversation involves recognizing the degree to which we are vulnerable to all that connection offers. We have to commit ourselves to designing our products and our lives to take that vulnerability into account. We can choose not to carry our phones all the time. We can park our phones in a room and go to them every hour or two while we work on other things or talk to other people. We can carve out spaces at home or work that are device-free, sacred spaces for the paired virtues of conversation and solitude. Families can find these spaces in the day to day — no devices at dinner, in the kitchen and in the car. Introduce this idea to children when they are young so it doesn’t spring up as punitive but as a baseline of family culture. In the workplace, too, the notion of sacred spaces makes sense: Conversation among employees increases productivity.

Source: Stop Googling. Let’s Talk. – The New York Times

 

Facebook is curating your feed for you; are you aware?

The study found that the algorithm suppresses the diversity of the content you see in your feed by occasionally hiding items that you may disagree with and letting through the ones you are likely to agree with. The effect wasn’t all or nothing: for self-identified liberals, one in 13 diverse news stories were removed, for example. Overall, this confirms what many of us had suspected: that the Facebook algorithm is biased towards producing agreement, not dissent. This is an important finding — one you may have completely missed in the press coverage about how it’s all your fault.

Source: Facebook Said Its Algorithms Do Help Form Echo Chambers. And the Tech Press Missed It.

Twitter is about to get messier for some of you

As if Twitter weren’t already messy enough, here comes group direct messaging and video posts. I’m here for the group messaging, but of course in true Twitter fashion, everyone will not have access right away.

If I had to quibble about one thing in this article, it would be the fact that a lot of the very first accounts of events on the ground came from Black Twitter, and Black Twitter amplified the issue.

I spend a lot of time debunking Facebook hoaxes. Here’s why

Facebook hoaxes are herpes; they continue to get passed around from person to person and never seem to go away.

Behold, the power of social media

The image, faded and torn in places, seemed to have come from someone’s desk — and the fate of both owner and subjects could only be guessed at. So Keefe paged through photos of the deceased, looking for someone from the picture. She repeatedly posted the image to Twitter and Facebook, begging anyone with information to respond.

via How Facebook, Twitter and country star Blake Shelton solved a Sept. 11 mystery 13 years in the making – The Washington Post.

Mashable’s executive editor and chief content officer Jim Roberts and The Wall Street Journal’s emerging media editor Liz Heron talk about what publications can do to break free of the traditional news article.

Black Twitter: A virtual community ready to hashtag out a response to cultural issues – The Washington Post

Black Twitter is part cultural force, cudgel, entertainment and refuge. It is its own society within Twitter, replete with inside jokes, slang and rules, centered on the interests of young blacks online — almost a quarter of all black Internet users are on Twitter.

There’s no password. The only entry fee is knowledge. If you’ve spent time steeped in black culture, whether at a historically black college or university or in the company of friends or family, you will probably understand the references on Black Twitter.

via Black Twitter: A virtual community ready to hashtag out a response to cultural issues – The Washington Post.

Why I sometimes Hate Instagram

I think all of us are guilty of this in some fashion, and I’ll be the first one to admit it. I know for a fact that there’s been times where I’ve tried to find the right filter to make my photo look amazing.Times when I went out of my way to snap the perfect shot, so that I could share it with the world in hopes for a handful of “likes”. In the end, and when I’m truly honest with myself, there’s a reason that I’m doing this.

via Why I sometimes Hate Instagram.

ABC Drama Scandal Is Popular Among Black Women – The Root

Deggans continued, “Some have groused about the fact that the black female lead character is also defined in part by an affair with a white, married president. But I think the show has outgrown those concerns as it has matured, allowing veteran black actors Joe Morton and Khandi Alexander to shine as parents to Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope. And the show’s success also hands more power to the most powerful black executive producer/show runner on TV, Shonda Rhimes.

“Ultimately, Scandal’s success is a sign to black viewers that their sensibilities can power a show which is a hit with all audiences. And that’s a powerful message in a fragmented media world.”

via ABC Drama Scandal Is Popular Among Black Women – The Root.

Today’s funny comes from the #BlackTwitterWelcomeManual Trending Topic

Twitter user @BeccaRum (whose account has since been suspended) tweeted about feeling excluded from #BlackTwitter because she is white.

There were some funny responses:

And then this happened:

Followed by a lot of hilarity. I have put together a list of my favorite ones in no particular order:

Take a look at the hash tag on Twitter and find your own favorites.

 

The Twitter Mob Mentality

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