Mental Health And Children


All of us have heard it at least a thousand times: Social Media is responsible for teens poor mental health. We found an article on The Guardian that argues that this kind of thinking is simplistic in it’s approach. According to Eva Wiseman:

Being offline doesn’t keep you safe, or protect you from anxiety, or make you a better person. If you have a mind that tends to spiral, and the internet enables that unrest, then while long walks without a phone will help, the phone itself is not to blame.

It’s an interesting point. As we argued before here on the blog it is important to think about technology in a deeper way, trying to understand how we can have a healthier relationship with it. Yet it is important to notice that:

Blaming social media for this “epidemic” is a way to conveniently ignore the more difficult solutions.

Eva also argues that the idea of a digital detox is not the way to go. According to her what we need to do is find ways to live in peace with tech. To that the author says:

There are ways to navigate and change the businesses that provide platforms on which many of us live, without condemning them forever.

Is blaming technology an easy way out? Let us know in the comments.

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Apple wins patent on technology to stop fans filming gigs


We recently wrote about how some celebrities and artists are prohibiting the usage of cell phones during their concerts, in the name of encouraging people to enjoy the experience of the live show. It has subsequently been announced that Apple has won approval from the US Patent and Trademark Office for technology that could be used to prevent fans filming or taking photos of gigs on their iPhones. 

The patent, titled “systems and methods for receiving infrared data with a camera designed to detect images based on visible light”, outlines how infrared light could be used to prevent filming: “For example, an infrared emitter can be located in areas where picture or video capture is prohibited, and the emitter can generate infrared signals with encoded data that includes commands to disable the recording functions of devices. An electronic device can then receive the infrared signals, decode the data and temporarily disable the device’s recording function based on the command.”

Filming of concerts is not just an annoyance to musicians – many of whom ask their fans to put their devices away at concerts – but also a problem for artists who want to play unreleased songs live, but have to deal with the prospect of those songs popping up on YouTube long before the official release. 

What about you? Do you film parts of live shows or prefer to listen to the music, without any annoying devices obstructing your view? Do you believe this system could help people enjoy the moment of the concert or are artists being over-protective of their content?

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