Our Behaviour on Social Media‘There were women writing things underneath her photograph saying that’s horrendous, it looks like you picked up those clothes in a ball on the floor… When did that become ok?’  

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Keyboard warriors were taken to task on The Ryan Tubridy Show when caller Teresa said enough was enough.  What pushed her over the edge a post on Facebook in which Maura Derrane had given details of the outfit she was wearing.  The photo garnered over 240 comments and the contents of the vast majority of these were what prompted Teresa …

Digital Detox‘I had a bit of a dad tantrum while looking at all the children gathered around the table looking at their devices… I went and unplugged the router’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Mark Ellis has done the unthinkable, and he’s written a book about it.  With four kids under fifteen, his home was a veritable hive of internet activity, but there came a point for Mark when enough was enough.  He joined Kathryn Thomas on The Ray D’Arcy Show to talk about the experience of turning off that phone and about his …

Facebook ‘fake news’ crackdown‘If every site was liable for the content, then e-mail wouldn’t be able to exist, neither would Facebook or Twitter.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Fake news. The term has become so ubiquitous in recent times, it has lost its currency, to a large extent. It’s an accusation thrown around by many to describe news they simply don’t like, of course. And in many respects, it’s just another term for certain type of propaganda that’s been around for thousands of years. The Roman emperor, Octavian, …

Content Moderator ‘One person described it as like working in a sewer’

As heard on The Marian Finucane Show

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Have you ever wondered how sites like Facebook and Twitter ensure that offensive material doesn’t reach our eyeballs? The issues became a hot topic earlier this month when Steve Stephens uploaded a video to Facebook which showed him murdering an innocent man. The video remained on the site for two hours, prompting criticism that Facebook still has a long way …

Digital Detox‘I would wake up and scroll through Twitter for ages, literally doing nothing.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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If you have a smartphone, chances are you spend a lot of time texting, tweeting, updating and scrolling, scrolling, scrolling. And if you’re one of those people, it’s likely you’ve developed habits that are distracting, time consuming and anxiety-inducing. But don’t worry, help is at hand.  Assistant News Editor at Journal.ie, Aoife Barry, joined Marty Morrissey on The Ryan Tubridy …

Internet and relationships‘The most common internet addiction amongst men is porn and gambling. Amongst women, it’s internet affairs.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Whether we like it or not, social media is woven into the fabric of all our lives. But increasingly, there are concerns that social media addiction is intruding into normal human relationships. Many of us have spotted those couples in restaurants or bars, sitting down with their heads bowed, staring into their mobile phones. ‘Whatever happened to interpersonal communication?’ we …

Irish Social Network‘Instead of swiping through Tinder while I watched Netflix, I changed it so that I’d be swiping through girls to see if anyone wanted to go dancing.’

As heard on thebusiness

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Tinder is usually used for dates, but entrepreneur Elva Carri decided to use the app to find friends to go dancing with, and created a new social network in the process – Girl Crew. “I think we’ve all been in that position before… that last minute urge to head out dancing on a Friday night ’cause you’re bored of sitting …

Regulating social media‘I don’t see any teenager abiding by this. I joined Instagram when I was 12… I said I was 16.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Communications Minister Denis Naughten is currently weighing up whether to set up a new watch dog for social media. The move comes as the Government is also looking at what the digital age of consent should be, ahead of a new EU regulation due to come into force next year. On Today with Sean O’Rourke, one 16-year-old gave her opinion …