‘The Social Dilemma Are Facebook and Instagram Really Affecting Our Mental Health

Netflix’s hit docudrama The Social Dilemma paints a dystopian picture of social media, arguing that Silicon Valley’s pervasive technology is now an existential threat to humanity. Having spent the past decade fine-tuning their now very smart algorithms, the brains behind Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok, among the other dominant platforms, have got us hooked. With the average adult worldwide spending … Read more

The Evolution of Social Media: How Did It Begin, and Where Could It Go Next?

The evolution of social media has been fueled by the human impulse to communicate and by advances in digital technology. It is a story about establishing and nurturing personal connections at scale. According to Merriam-Webster, social media is defined as “forms of electronic communication (such as websites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create … Read more

Benefits of internet and social media

The internet and social media provide young people with a range of benefits, and opportunities to empower themselves in a variety of ways. Young people can maintain social connections and support networks that otherwise wouldn’t be possible, and can access more information than ever before. The communities and social interactions young people form online can … Read more

Why you should avoid those fun social media “tell us about yourself” questions

  It’s human nature; most of us love to talk about ourselves or at least share details about our past and preferences. And social media loves that, too, since it gets people engaged and participating. It’s not just scandalous material that can do you in. Quite the contrary. The most normal (even dull) aspects of … Read more

Social media threat discovered toward end of Apollo-Ridge graduation ceremony

A threat made via social media had Apollo-Ridge School District officials err on the side of caution during the finale of Friday night’s graduation ceremony and cut it short. School Director Paul King said the district skipped its traditional return of seniors’ caps and gowns in exchange for diplomas after a threat was discovered. Specifics … Read more

Industry Roundtable: Social Media

How do you help your company or clients monitor social media? How does your strategy change depending on the platform? Has social media impacted crisis communication? Law firm Hodgson Russ and the Albany Business Review hosted a discussion to answer these questions and more. Cindy Applebaum, market president and publisher of the Albany Business Review, moderated … Read more

How age and gender can impact social media usage

Social media has become a part of almost everyone’s daily routine, but how it’s used can differ based on age, race and ethnicity, household income and especially gender. Common Sense Media, a San Francisco based nonprofit that focuses on promoting digital well-being for children, has researched social media use extensively. In a study titled “Social … Read more

Social Media Influencers Need To Turn The Table On Brands

It seems the luster of social-media-influencer marketing is wearing thin. Some influencers are corrupting the system with fake/bought followers. Some are pushing merch they’d never use in real life. And consumers/fans are getting wise to inauthentic “influencers” posting pics on Insta of their new Glam Bag from Ipsy just for the brand payout. Well, brands … Read more