Documenting one’s life through Instagram snaps has become a daily ritual for teens; 52% of 13- to 17-year-olds in the US have an account. Yet the pressure to maintain a picture-perfect digital presence is driving many to open ‘Finsta’ accounts, which are open to select group of trusted friends.
Has social media killed the art of conversation for teens? Not according to author, social media expert and youth researcher danah boyd - who says it's "nothing more than a release valve to changes that have happened in the real world." We caught up with her to learn more.
For digital natives, life online is compartmentalised. All our conversations and experiences change according to where we are, and who’s around us. But how do our relationships with different platforms affect the way we express ourselves online?
The screenshot is how you save a digital memory. From displaying autocorrect errors to dodging Twitter’s character limit, it has become an easy and intimate way to communicate online. But what are the implications for brands? And what do they say about the users that share them?
WhatsApp is the world's most popular messaging service - and now it’s becoming the most private. The app is introducing end-to-end encryption to all texts with open-source software Textsecure, so no third party will be able to read messages - not even WhatsApp.
A small town in Colorado recently made headlines for a high school sexting scandal which took place using a hidden app. Photos of students at Cañon City High School were circulating in a sexting ring led by the football team. But how did hundreds of teenagers get involved without getting caught?
The past year has seen Facebook introduce a broad array of new features. It's now testing the waters of ephemeral messaging in France, where some users have noticed that certain messages only last an hour before disappearing. But what's led Facebook to make this move?
As social media infiltrates all aspects of our lives, fatigue was always inevitable; from the uptake of anonymous platforms like Secret to celebrities like Lena Dunham handing the reigns of their accounts over to their staff. Will regular people soon start deserting these digital spaces too?
The explosion of interest in mobile messaging platforms has prompted heated competition to secure the largest and most loyal global user base. From LINE’s stickers to WeChat’s partnership with Lionel Messi, there’s a race to innovate, and fast.