Social Media

Total 73 Posts

The fake news problem

We like the information that confirms what we believe, whether it is true or false. This is why we quickly share the news that is aligned with what we want to be true, irrespective of whether the information is factual or not.

Social media platforms need to be redesigned in a way that reduces FoMO

New research has identified the main triggers of the social media psychological phenomenon known as "FoMO" (Fear of missing out), the contexts in which it happens and the types of fears involved in it.

Out-of-context photos are proving powerful in spreading misinformation

Images without context or presented with text that misrepresents what they show can be a powerful tool of misinformation, especially since photos make statements seem more believable.

There is no conclusive evidence proving that a lot of screen time is bad for you

Most of us spend hours each day glued to some type of screen for work or play. But is that a bad thing? Has anyone got the data to figure it out? Now is the time for 'The Human Screenome Project.'

We have entered uncharted territory

It was always going to end up like this, with the web becoming slowly a replacement (in some cases) for the real physical world, it is becoming increasingly difficult to differentiate between what is real or not. Welcome to the post-truth world.

Social media is the opium of the people

What is it about social media that makes us (I have been guilty of this too) to lack empathy and turn people’s very real troubles in life into a thing to be ridiculed?

Social media can be used to encourage Ghana's youth to vote

Political actors can actively engage with university students by taking cognisance of their political information needs. This can help in encouraging young people to vote in Ghana's elections.