People are often put off when they hear the word algorithm and write it off as too technical to understand. However, algorithms are all around us. They have a huge impact on society and democracy, and how we experience our digital world. Hence, our understanding of them on at least some level is crucial.
I was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia. There is a lot of mystery and misinformation surrounding this condition, even in the medical community. To help my friends and family understand more about this, I decided to write an article about fibromyalgia.
Many social media apps and websites share information about whether a person is online with their network (e.g. friends list), which are known as online status indicators. Importantly, these online status indicators convey our availability to others. They inform them about whether we are online or offline, and often even indicate the last time we were logged on. Recently, my friend told me that he has to limit his use of WhatsApp because otherwise his ex will see that he is online and try to initiate a conversation. If you’ve ever suspected that you’re being ghosted after a second date after getting no reply to your several messages or impatiently waited for a response from your friend who is online but not replying to you amidst an argument, then you would be painfully aware of just how much anxiety that little online indicator is capable of causing.
Unless you live under a rock you’ve probably heard about a television series called This Is Us. The social media gush on this phenomenal show has been plentiful. Perhaps you know someone who watches it every week, preferably with a box of tissues nearby (that person is definitely me). In this article I explain why I love this show so much, while avoiding any spoilers for those who haven’t watched it yet.
Over half of 25-44 year olds are now single, thus making it the norm. However, single-shame is highly prevalent, with many worrying that they are the 'last ones left on the shelf' or 'all the good ones are gone." The Unexpected Joy of Being Single is a refreshing book that explores this single stigma. While doing so, Catherine Gray redefines a person who is single as someone who is complete on their own, and not lacking in any way. Her book helps to make a long overdue cultural shift in the way single people are perceived (and most importantly: how they perceive themselves). She is here to help us locate and luxuriate in some single joy.
As I met my friend for lunch, I noticed her lovely pink nails and complimented her choice of colour. “Sorry they’re a mess, I haven’t had time to get them done recently,” she said. That’s when it struck me: women apologising for their appearance is an all too common occurrence. And there’s undeniably no reason it should be like this. There was absolutely nothing wrong with her nails that day. And even if there was, she doesn’t owe me anything?