‘Selfie surgery’ – the pinnacle of social media self-absorption or natural evolution

Vanity, though sometimes frowned upon, isn’t new to our species and in fact it can produce some very helpful byproducts. An elevated self-perception has been known to trick one’s audience into thinking the same and the ‘selfie’ phenomenon has undoubtedly pulled the very same wool over our peer-pressure-prone eyes, garnering the pretty or the ‘perceived …

Now you can test-run your Insta pics for likes before you post them

So we’ve accepted we’re not all capable of an Ellen DeGeneres-style, Twitter-crashing, multi-celebrity selfie, in fact, we need as much help as we can get if we’re trying to rack up those precious likes. Even digital favourites One Direction didn’t manage her 3 million retweet record. Luckily, a new site engineered by MIT researchers serves to …

Obsessive Comparison Disorder – the latest social media-induced mental health issue

OCD just got new meaning in the latest social anxiety disorder to be blamed on the importance of being self-important in the virtual world. ‘Obsessive Comparison Disorder’ may have always existed but the hyper-reality of social media networks like Facebook and Instagram have heightened the wired generation’s need to excel and exceed. Or at least …

Insta-gone – popular users continue to leave Instagram after terms of use change

Initial concerns over Facebook acquiring the hipster photo sharing service dissipated after nothing seemed to change, so sepia-hued images of celebrities continued to be posted with wild abandon.  But now, new terms have scared users away from the popular service and the company is even being slapped with a lawsuit. What’s changed? On the face …