Woven Together Differently

Adventures in social media enlightenment


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Does Facebook increase self-esteem or make us more depressed?

Image by Phil Shirley. Used under a CC 2.0 license.

Image by Phil Shirley. Used under a CC 2.0 license.

A few of my Facebook friends are taking part in the #100HappyDays challenge, which involves sharing a picture of something that makes you happy, every day for 100 days. It got me wondering about whether such “challenges” actually work. It also got me wondering about the role that Facebook plays in our emotional states. Does it have a positive impact on our emotions or does it create and reinforce negative feelings? Continue reading

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This much we know: people don’t like change

Small change. Image by Adam Bartlett. Used under a Creative Commons 2.0 license.

Small change. Image by Adam Bartlett. Used under a Creative Commons 2.0 license.

Twitter recently launched a new design. I must have been part of a group to receive the new design early, because I was already perfectly comfortable with the new look when everyone else started angrily tweeting about it. In fact, my boyfriend was on Twitter as it happened and let out a cry of dismay. From my vantage point I tried to offer comfort:

That’s not to say that I too wasn’t initially dismayed. But once I recognised this gut reaction in myself, I took a minute to step back and look at the new design objectively. Once I did that, I realised it actually wasn’t that bad. Okay, I thought, I can live with this. Continue reading


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My life on Facebook: a look back at the last 7 years

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Last Tuesday Facebook celebrated its 10th birthday. Relative to human years, it sounds very young, but it feels as though Facebook has always been around. It is almost hard to believe that just 10 years ago it wasn’t a part of most people’s lives.

Anyone who uses Facebook will probably have noticed friends posting their Facebook Look Back films. Your short film shows you highlights from your time on Facebook, accompanied by rousing music. I had to laugh at mine – apparently one of my most Liked updates ever is the one about the time I found a £5 note whilst out jogging – but I’ve enjoyed watching those of friends and family. Seeing photos of friendships, weddings and babies is bound to bring a smile to ones face. Continue reading