social media

Smartphones? try a little less

More and more scientists say that social media and smartphones are highly addictive. They say that notifications etc. are causing receptors to release dopamine in the human brain. The thing with these harming phenomena in our societies is that they do not seem harmful from the start but they become harmful when large companies benefit from people becoming addictive to them. That’s…

Intuitive Eating (of Social Media Feeds)

A friend responding with 'I would love to help you but I honestly first need to understand what's going on'

The Context Social media platforms bring about so many opportunities for enhanced global connection and access, and yet I often feel very passive on these platforms. Passively consuming content can be great, especially considering the fast-paced nature of our society today. However, I feel the prolonged periods of time I spend passively scrolling negatively affects my ability to think clearly and more…

Writing history in the age of Big Data

Our age is truly the age of Big Data. Every day we tweet, write posts and upload photos to Facebook and Instagram and send messages through WhatsApp to keep in touch with our friends and relatives. While doing this, we might not be aware that we are constantly producing new data, thus only increasing the amount that is already out there. As…

You were right mom

Facebook was launched in 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommates at Harvard University. Until 2006, Facebook’s main objective was to connect college students, notably those studying in Ivy League schools in United States. During its early years, Facebook was functioning on a rather smaller scale than nowadays. Zuckerberg’s mission statement was “Making the world more open and connected” for as long…

What Does Our Facebook Profile Say About Us?

There are an immense amount of social media platforms current, probably we don’t even know about some of them. However, Facebook is probably the one that is never outdated. It has been there since my earliest recollection, my parents know about it and I do think that it will still be there as I get older and older. So, what can a…

From Love Letters To Smartphone Screens

In my first blog post, I mentioned that I am a tv-maniac who can watch series all day every day if possible. There is something about them that captures me, makes me question certain things from my real life and maybe even set expectations (which I know is not healthy 🙂 ). Besides all this, I think my favorite feature is transparency. …

“OK, boomer” Vol. 2: Climate Change Kills

On my way to Leiden I witnessed a conversation that literally made the hairs in my neck stand up, much akin to a pissed off cat. I was sitting in the train on a Tuesday afternoon, minding my own business as you do in a crowded train, when two people sat down in the seats across from me. At first I ignored…