Smartphones and The Impact on Our Health

Smartphones and The Impact on Our Health

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In today's times, it is rare to see a person not glued to their smartphone. Smartphones are an integral part of our existence, and while their usefulness in terms of bridging geographical boundaries and increasing the access of information is infinite, there are many negative consequences of excessive smartphone usage, particularly for the health of individuals. Just what are these ill effects of smartphone usage? Posture - Numerous medical and scientific studies have shown posture is severely affected in those who use smartphones excessively vis a vis those who don't. Smartphone users tend to develop rounded shoulders, spinal curvatures, vertebrate disorders, and associated neck pain and headaches caused by these ailments. Eyesight - Looking at smartphones in bed, results in direct exposure to light, which can be damaging to retinas, which can…
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Facebook’s very real dilemmas and very human Community Standards

Facebook’s very real dilemmas and very human Community Standards

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Harassment and Hate Speech are not permitted on Facebook as per its Community Standards. In case some user content is taken down because it violates the Community Standards, Facebook intimates the user of the same. If the user feels that Facebook’s decision was unfair, he or she can click on Facebook’s intimation to appeal for a re-look at their decision. Facebook works on these requests by getting an external review to see the content in conflict. If the external review decides that the user is right, then the content is put back on the site by Facebook. As per the Community Standards on Hate Speech, Facebook differentiates between Hate Speech content posted by a user and other people sharing the same hate content to create awareness about the concept of…
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Discussing Social Media for Social Change with students of Sri Aurobindo College, Delhi

Discussing Social Media for Social Change with students of Sri Aurobindo College, Delhi

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On 11th April 2018, Ms Pratishtha Arora and Ms Suhasini Mukherjee, went to Sri Aurobindo College of University of Delhi, for a #SocialSurfing workshop with about 112 students of the institution. The workshop began with an introduction and felicitation of our trainers by the team at Sri Aurobindo College. The first activity was the brainstorming quiz, where some questions were asked, to break the ice- Who is the most followed Indian on Facebook; what is the percentage of Indian population on Internet; what is the percentage of Social media users in India. Discussing #SocialMedia for #SocialChange with students of #SriAurobindoCollege, #DelhiUniversity. @GenderCrusader @su_unlettered @SociallyBlog #MondayMotivation pic.twitter.com/624VKIhTzI — CSR (@CSR_India) April 16, 2018 The workshop discussed the issue of the importance of communication in cyber spaces, especially on social media platforms.…
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Cyber Crimes in Recent Times

Cyber Crimes in Recent Times

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“A 23 year old boy being sentenced of five years of prison for uploading objectionable photographs of his ex girlfriend over a relationship gone sour” is one of its kind in the recent times for two reasons – firstly, because it is the first conviction of such a case in the state throwing light on the wide scope of cyber crimes, and secondly, the need for a precept into using social media, almost as good as an ancillary. To begin with, cyber crimes are not a new phenomenon, however, its scope and vastness has accelerated at a tremendous pace largely because of the access to more online spaces and the assurance of a ready audience. In this case, the crime has been executed through an act of ‘revenge porn’ and…
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Taking Back Control of your Photo? Facebook’s new Face Recognition Opt-in

Taking Back Control of your Photo? Facebook’s new Face Recognition Opt-in

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It was announced by Facebook in December last year, last week it has been activated: the new face recognition opt-in. For a couple of years now, Facebook suggests names to tag people on our uploaded pictures, based on a comparison of our profile pictures with the faces on new uploaded photos or videos. Introducing a new opt-in to expand the facial recognition, the social media platform tries to attract users with some new features: with the new opt-in you get automatically notified when your face appears on any uploaded picture. This helps, so Facebook’s promise, to take back control over your own data and photos and to prevent strangers from the misuse of your photos and videos. Apart from the control and security aspects, Facebook also promises to integrate and…
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