Internet Acronyms, AKA proof that I'm old: TMI, LOL, OMG, YOLO
Miscellaneous

Internet Acronyms, aka Proof That I’m Old

This internet acronyms post is inspired by a comment that Cassandra made on a post I did about idioms. I'm in my 40s and Gen-X, so compared to the kids on the internet these days, I'm old. I also spend very little time on social media, so I'm pretty out of the loop. There are… Continue reading Internet Acronyms, aka Proof That I’m Old

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Blogging and Writing

Blogging, Likes, and Social Proof

Rory of A Guy Called Bloke alluded to this recently, and I wanted to talk a little more about the psychological phenomenon called social proof, and how it applies to blogging. First off, what is social proof? When we're in a situation where the action we should take is ambiguous, we tend to follow what… Continue reading Blogging, Likes, and Social Proof

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology

What Is… FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is fear of missing out (FOMO). Fear of missing out, more commonly known as FOMO, is a form of social anxiety (although not a social anxiety disorder). It involves a pervasive apprehension that others might be engaging in… Continue reading What Is… FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)

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Blogging and Writing

To Instagram or to Blog, Is That the Question?

I have an Instagram account that I rarely use. The odd time I do log in, though, I see a lot of people who are either no longer on WordPress or barely using it, but are very present in Instagram. So, for today's post, I wanted to talk about people moving from WP to Instagram.… Continue reading To Instagram or to Blog, Is That the Question?

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Science Corner

What Does Freedom of Speech Actually Mean?

There's been a lot of talk over the last while about freedom of speech, with some people feeling that their freedom of speech, or freedom of speech in general, is being limited. I thought I'd chime in on the matter, although I'm perhaps a bit late to the party. Freedom of speech speech is considered… Continue reading What Does Freedom of Speech Actually Mean?

The free things online are never actually free: We're just paying with something other than money
Science Corner

The “Free” Things Online Are Never Actually Free

This came to mind recently because of a comment I saw on someone's blog to do with a news site requiring a subscription to read article. With the explosion of the internet in recent years and the vast amount of content that's available, we've come to expect things to be free. Except none of it… Continue reading The “Free” Things Online Are Never Actually Free

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MH@H Depression

My Depression’s Cooling Relationship with Social Media

I've never been a big social media person. Before I started blogging, I briefly had a Facebook account, but that didn't last long. Once I started blogging, I created accounts on Pinterest and Twitter. I started a new Facebook account, but deleted that pretty quickly because I just don't like Facebook. Last year, I created… Continue reading My Depression’s Cooling Relationship with Social Media

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology

What Is… The Psychology of Internet Trolling

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is online trolling. Of course we all know what trolling is, and most of us have experienced it.  But what underlies it from a psychological perspective? A paper by Coles and West described trolling as "a specific type… Continue reading What Is… The Psychology of Internet Trolling

Blogging and Writing

How Do You Manage Site/App Notifications?

A recent post by Rory of A Guy Called Bloke got me thinking about this.  We're constantly bombarded with a ton of information from the various different platforms we use, so how do you avoid getting overwhelmed with notifications and having your mental health negatively impacted? By default, WordPress and social media platforms want to throw… Continue reading How Do You Manage Site/App Notifications?