PODCAST: Beware the small screen

By Asikelelwe Pezisa

According to the Global Digital Yearbook of 2019, South Africans spent an average of eight hours a day connected online. That is the same amount of time we spend on a nine-to-five job. On average, we are awake for 16 hours a day and we choose to be glued to our screens for half of the time we are awake. Why is that? Digital media analysts from around the world help us delve into the consequences of our digital media habits.

Analysts from across the globe encourage consumers to think critically before texting and sharing their lives on digital media sites as the time we spend online could be to our benefit, or detriment. And that all depends on whether we approach social media especially with care and consideration.

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Deepfake apps: Society’s new enemy

By Riana McArthur

Have you ever thought about the possibility of appearing in pornographic films? Or posing as an online model for Internet users to undress you? What about receiving a video clip or photo on your social media profile and realising that the person in the clip is you? Perhaps you should. It’s more than possible. The […]

PODCAST: Beware the small screen

By Asikelelwe Pezisa

Analysts from across the globe encourage consumers to think critically before texting and sharing their lives on digital media sites as the time we spend online could be to our benefit, or detriment. And that all depends on whether we approach social media especially with care and consideration.

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Asikelelwe Pezisa

Asikelelwe Pezisa is a third year Bachelor of Journalism and Media Studies student at Rhodes University, double majoring in English language and linguistics as well as Journalism and media studies. She is interested in the evolution of media and its impact on humanity.

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Shock! Horror! Do you know how much time you spend on your phone?

To create psychological dependency, social media companies use similar tactics to those of casinos. These include pull-to-refresh and infinite scroll features, and they “activate the same brain mechanisms as cocaine”. Many tech-addiction studies focus on consequences for the young, yet the stress, distraction and negative mental health effects of being tethered to our phones affects users of all ages.

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Phones and your health: What you need to know

Radiation is the emission of energy from any source. That means that even heat that comes from your body counts as radiation. But some forms of radiation can make you sick.

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Is your phone ruining your sleep? You could be at higher risk of a car crash

Lead researcher Dr Sarah Appleton, at Flinders University's Adelaide Institute of Sleep Health, says it's important for cellphone users to get quality sleep to protect their wellbeing.

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