How Selfies Feed Narcissism

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Once upon a time, we used to take pictures of other people. But with the arrival of a front-facing camera on Apple’s iPhone 4 in 2010, we began taking pictures of ourselves en masse. Selfies, they were called—a fluffy, innocuous-sounding descriptor. Six years later, we’re taking more pictures of ourselves than ever. And the younger […]

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Beyoncé Sparks Unlikely Red Lobster Stampede

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How much real-world influence does a popular entertainer really exercise? Normally, that’s an incredibly tricky question to try to answer. Why? Because there are just so many variables in play that it makes proving air-tight causal links between pop culture and real-world behavior virtually impossible. Besides that, artists and entertainment creators often try to downplay […]

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The State of Teens, Tweens and Screens

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It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to notice how screen and media time continues to grow for so many of us, young and old, these days. Televisions, computers, e-readers, tablets and smartphones offer unprecedented opportunities to engage in all manner of entertainment media. But just how much of this entertainment do our teens and tweens […]

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Death to Comments: The Problem With the War on Flame Wars

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Death to Comments: The Problem with the War on Flame Wars

The Internet, if you haven’t noticed, is something of a breeding ground for divisive opinions. If there is an opinion to be had and held in this world, you can be sure someone is having and holding it online… and defending it with the passion and zeal of a mama grizzly.  And that’s putting it […]

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Emojis Leave Me Feeling (Insert Confused Face Here)

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In an effort to give users a little more flexibility with how they respond to their friends’ missives, Facebook is testing a small set of emojis. The little smiling/laughing/crying/fuming faces will roll out only in Spain and Ireland at first, but could come to the rest of Facebook’s 1.2 billion users in the near future. […]

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Smartphone? Or Smutphone?

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Porn is everywhere. And it’s killing us. Hey, even Playboy says that pornography is soaking through every nook and cranny of our culture. The men’s sex mag stated that some 30 years ago 40% of adults watched porn. Now it’s reached a saturation point of over 80%. The publication didn’t say anything about how many […]

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Of ‘Goonies’ and ‘Bridges,’ Pilgrimages and Relics

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In the Middle Ages, many Christians believed that taking a spiritual pilgrimage to visit holy shrines and relics would give them a chance to experience God more deeply. Jerusalem represented the ultimate destination for faithful followers of means. But for the vast majority of believers, such a journey was, practically speaking, impossible. Instead, they might […]

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Hang Up and … Walk?

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By now, most of us know that texting while driving is a seriously bad idea. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, texting while driving is actually six times more dangerous than drunk driving. But did you know that texting while walking can be deadly, too? And I’m not just talking about deadly to […]

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Did ‘Internet Evil’ Influence a Young Mass Murderer?

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A young man has once again unleashed murderous rage upon unsuspecting victims, this time in the hallowed halls of Charleston’s historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. And once again, a nation is trying to make sense of the crime. Given the online manifesto left behind by accused 21-year-old shooter Dylann Roof, it’s clear that his […]

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Dude Perfect: Laughter, Epic Trick Shots and … Faith?

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Dude Perfect began in a backyard. On a friendly lunch tab wager. And an epic trick shot. It continues now with a YouTube channel boasting over six million subscribers and prospects where even the sky isn’t the limit. They’ve done trick shots with the likes of Tim McGraw, traveled the world to the Olympics and the World Cup to do more of […]

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Millennials, We Still Love Ya

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A few weeks ago, Philadelphia high school student Gillian Share-Raab wrote an article bemoaning her own obsession with technology for the Burlington County Times. She spoke passionately about her connection to (and her constant need to be connected with) her tech, and how it has taken a toll on her life. She writes: Now, my […]

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My Name is Bob Waliszewski. And I’m a Phoneaholic.

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I haven’t attended any 12-step program yet. But it’s clear I need to. They say that the first challenge for any addict is to first admit they need help. Denial, it seems, is part and parcel to dependencies. That’s why I’m determined to air my dirty laundry and get it out in the open. I refuse […]

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