Danielle Ryan is an Irish freelance writer based in Dublin. Her work has appeared in Salon, The Nation, Rethinking Russia, teleSUR, RBTH, The Calvert Journal and others. Follow her on Twitter @DanielleRyanJ The digital age has coincided with decreasing happiness and well-being. Study after study shows this to be true, but the latest sign that we might all benefit from a digital detox comes from the World Happiness Report. It’s bad news for the United States, which dropped in the ranking to 19th position, the unhappiest the US has been since the study began. This could be due to what the researchers called an “epidemic of addictions” — everything from drug and alcohol abuse, to gambling — and yes, obsession with digital media, which is hardly an American phenomenon alone. Hands up if you’re a recovering Twitter addict, like me? These days, most of the criticism I fire off at sites like Facebook and Twitter has to do with their many … [Read more...] about Social media is making Americans unhappy, but can they ditch it?
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Brazilians are reacting in shock and anger after a young man was suffocated to death by a security guard in a supermarket in Rio de Janeiro on February 14. When a video filmed by a bystander emerged, it only added fuel to the fire and protests were organised in several different cities. On social media, activists have started using the hashtag #VidasNegrasImportam ("Black Lives Matter”) and encouraging people to share their experiences of racism in Brazil.Bystanders appear concerned for Gonzaga, who cannot move, and start shouting at the security guard.Warning: the following images are shocking said in a statement that the teenager had tried to steal Amâncio’s weapon. Local media outlets managed to get hold of footage from the surveillance cameras to shed some light on what happened before the deadly incident.The videos show Gonzaga running towards Amâncio. He then stops and talks with the guard and another store employee. A woman comes towards them and, suddenly, … [Read more...] about Fury on Brazil’s social media after police choke young black man to death
KHLOE Kardashian took to social media to reveal her heartbreak over her beau’s alleged cheating. By Katabella Roberts /Published 21st February 2019 The Keeping up With The Kardashian’s star took to Instagram today after it was reported that her boyfriend Tristan Thompson had cheated on her with model Jordyn Woods.Reports emerged earlier this week that Jordyn – who is Kylie Jenner’s best friend – had "made out" with the professional basketball player at a house party.And after days of social media silence, Khloe Kardashian returned to Instagram to share a number of emotional posts with her 87.1million followers.Appearing to refer to the recent scandal, one post read: “The worst pain is getting hurt by a person you explained your pain to.” Related Articles Rear-ly? Kendall Jenner banishes ALL clothing for 100% nude photoshoot Kim Kardashian forgets trousers for very naughty selfie after THAT boob-baring dress Kourtney Kardashian flashes … [Read more...] about Khloe Kardashian breaks social media silence after Tristan Thompson cheating claims
Wigan MP Lisa Nandy says she has “switched off” social media after being plagued by abusive and threatening messages. In her column in this week’s Wigan Observer, Ms Nandy revealed the shocking reality faced by herself and many other MPs and journalists across the country as Britain heads towards Brexit crisis. Wigan-born journalist Kay Burley revealed last week that she now needs security guards when broadcasting from outside Parliament because of the abuse she is now receiving.Ms Nandy’s forthright article highlights the “rotten culture” created by sites such as Facebook and Twitter, which she believes act as a catalyst for abusive and threatening language towards local politicians. She said: “On social media reasoned debate is drowned out by hate and anger. There is no check on facts.“I am often now contacted by constituents seeking clarification about untruths they have read on social media.“The public are deliberately being … [Read more...] about Lisa Nandy: ‘Abuse caused me to switch off social media’
Produced by Paul LaRosa and Elena DiFiore Joey Comunale, a successful 26-year-old from Connecticut did what many young people do every weekend -- go clubbing in New York's hot Meatpacking District. Comunale ended the night at an after-party that seemed like any other ... but this time, he disappeared. Within hours of learning Joey Comunale was missing, his close friends went into overdrive scouring social media to find him. Using information they found on Instagram, Facebook and elsewhere, they traced the final steps their friend took that night – steps that ultimately led to his death. "I called everyone in my phone," friend Stephen Naso tells Erin Moriarty, after he got a call from Comunale's father, Pat. "We go and we just start looking for him." "48 Hours" explores the last night of Comunale's life, the race to find him, and the case against two young men -- one of them the surrogate son of a so-called "Jeweler to the Stars" for brutally murdering him. A third … [Read more...] about What happened in apartment 4C? Friends of man missing in NYC use social media to track his final steps