Refresh, Refresh, Refresh: The Dangers of the Notification Drug

Our smartphones have become an extension of ourselves, writes Aoife Walsh – and it’s putting our mental health at risk The morning comes. Your alarm is ringing. Before you even get out of bed and open the curtains, your hand roams around for your phone. You eventually find it and turn off your alarm. Check your email. Your lecture is cancelled. Close the Messenger app, … Continue reading Refresh, Refresh, Refresh: The Dangers of the Notification Drug

Influencers, Friendship Breakups and Unprecedented Girl Talk: It’s the It Galz

Staff writer Aoife Walsh talks to the Dublin podcast duo. It’s been almost a year since Dublin women Jenny Claffey and Lindsey Hamilton  launched their ever-growing in popularity podcast, IT GALZ. Known for coining the phrase Fineass Feminists, IT GALZ podcast gifts its listeners with unapologetic, unconfidential, no-topic-off-the-table girl talk. While simultaneously cracking open cans of cider, the ‘gals’ have open conversations without boundaries. In … Continue reading Influencers, Friendship Breakups and Unprecedented Girl Talk: It’s the It Galz

Escaping the Echo Chamber

Social media allows us to tailor the truth, writes Cormac Dineen. What can be done about it? If you are a university student in 2017, the smart money says that you spend at least an hour using social media every day. Be it Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, social media has undeniably morphed into a crutch, a crutch without which our generation would find it impossible … Continue reading Escaping the Echo Chamber

Is Facebook Dying?

YES  Éamonn Grennan When I get a notification from Facebook informing me that a distant acquaintance has uploaded a new photo, the smack of desperation mixes with the dry asides I shared with my friends – that the once-pioneer of social media has started truly throwing virtual brown matter at a wall, and hoping some sticks to keep it as relevant as it was as recently … Continue reading Is Facebook Dying?

Love in the Time of Followers

Staff writer Cormac Dineen offers up his take on our complicated relationship with the world of internet dating. A few months ago, I had an interesting conversation with a work colleague during which I pressed him for his opinion on the phenomenon of internet dating. As we talked I saw him slowly and deliberately scroll through Facebook on his phone, pausing at brief intervals to … Continue reading Love in the Time of Followers