[DIGITAL] The Experience of a 24-Hour @Facebook Ban

I was slightly baffled Monday night to be faced with: I was bemused at what might have triggered the block, and why Facebook goes straight for a ban, rather than a 'first warning'. I did some sleuthing work on Twitter and decided that it was this that had triggered it: A couple of people had commented that they felt that this was a problematic post, but I felt it was clear that it was a…

[CANCER] Trying to find ‘the new normal’

When it looked like it was 'back to normal' last year, even though I was already being tested for the forthcoming secondary diagnosis, of course I very much hoped that it wouldn't be that ... but it was, and it's been a hard year trying to come to terms with what at times truly feels like a 'life-limiting disease' in the widest sense ... Operation Ovaries I got my stable scan about a month ago,…

[MEDIA] Chatting with @PremierRadio ‘One in four young people addicted to smartphones claims new research, Christian academic says it raises bigger questions’

Yesterday some new research was released under headlines such as: 'Smartphone 'addiction': Young people 'panicky' when denied mobiles' (BBC) 'One in four children 'have problematic smartphone use' (Guardian) '23 per cent of young people show "problematic smartphone usage": report (Mobile Marketing Magazine) One in four teenagers ‘face mental health risk’ from phone addiction (The Times) Smartphone ‘Addiction’ Amongst Teens Is A Thing Now Oceans Vibe News A quarter of young people are 'problematic' smartphone users, King's…

[MEDIA] How can social media affect an election? #GE2019 for @ManMetUni

I've been talking about social media and elections again ... who knew I'd have to do this so frequently? An extract: Social media is more embedded in people’s lives than ever before – most people don’t overthink their use of digital platforms. The four biggest platforms currently in use (albeit differently by different demographics) are Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Instagram. Three of those are owned by Facebook and, as Hilary Clinton said recently, “When Facebook is the…