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 …

#Hashtags come to Facebook – the “Air quote” of the Internet Age gets its big break

I distinctly remember a high school vocabulary dripping with the word ‘like’ – a habit that’s taken a lifetime (a short lifetime) to undo. Then there was ‘Quote, unquote’ and the ridiculous air quoting phenomenon that also took time to pry out of my daily gestures. Similarly, Twitter has made incessant hashtagging an online obsession …

TripAdvisor buys luxury holiday site Jetsetter

In the latest big acquisition in the IT world, TripAdvisor, the travel and leisure giant already monopolizing all of our tech-assisted holiday decision-making, has just acquired the luxury travel deal community, ‘Jetsetter’. Once luxury umbrella Gilt Groupe’s high-end travel arm, Jestsetter now officially forms part of TripAdvisor’s growing holiday consortium.  Jetsetter, a members-only site that makes community members aware …

African Facebook users in 2013 – social networking hot spots on the continent and some scary stats

A recently released map of Facebook usage across Africa provides a snapshot of who’s making the most of the network.  There aren’t many surprises but interesting global usage comparisons are being made, especially here at home. Egypt takes first place as the largest Facebook-using country in Africa, with 13,010 580 users it is ranked twentieth worldwide, …

Don’t let your tweets catch up to you – the Paris Brown case

Young men and women may not realise the future implications of their tweets and posts.  In fact, judging by the case of British teenager Paris Brown, they definitely don’t.  EU regulations have proposed the ‘right to be forgotten’, which would force the erasure of on-line social network posts if desired by the account holder.  But how …

The popular Facebook page with a focus on science belongs to…a woman, gasp

The Facebook page, ‘I f***king love science’ has climbed the rungs of popularity and found itself with 4.5 million followers since its inception just over a year ago.  Although founder Elise Andrew made no attempts (and rightly so) to disguise her gender, those who were unaware she was of the fairer sex were dumbfounded once they discovered. The …