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Digital Media – Boon or Bane?

Digital media has been lauded as a stepping stone in human interaction, connectivity, knowledge, and research.   Since the advent of the Internet, it has brought about countless new possibilities in our everyday life. For instance, social media platforms. Can one imagine how different our lives would be without sites like Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat?  Personally, my daily source of “entertainment” comes from…

Lost in digital connections

Into the digital era The digital media have changed our rhythms and styles of lives and today digital electronic devices play a crucial role in our societies. The ‘computational’ world is constantly overlapping the ‘physical world’, since analogue has been transformed into digital. There was a time when printing photos and having photo albums was such an exciting thing to do. I…

The Curse Called ‘Social Media’

“Dear Grandma, I made my own e-mail account together with mom!” That’s the first line of the first e-mail I sent from the first e-mail address I ever created, ten years ago. At that time, I was only allowed to use the computer at my grandmother’s place and just for a few hours. I would play Neopets and send my friends silly…

“Don’t talk to strangers online.”

Despite growing up with computers (or perhaps because I grew up with computers) I do not remember my first encounter with the internet. I had my own computer, in my own bedroom, ever since elementary school which I most certainly did not use for academic purposes. My parents were not so strict when it came to the usage of said computer and…

Go outside

Gathering accounts When I was younger, there was a strict ‘no Social Media’-rule in my household. “Get away from that stupid computer, go outside!”, my mother would say. After years of begging, complaining and guilt-tripping, I was finally allowed to have a Hyves-profile. This is a Dutch platform that basically works like Facebook or Twitter, just without feeds. You can chat, visit…