This section is reserved for my rants about social media.

Social Media Rants. How original.
A list on the information Facebook keeps about it's users in order to carry out targetted advertising.

Taken from The Washington Post, I have not listed everything as it's a lot to type out but I hope some of the points below will give you a general idea.

  • Location
  • Age
  • Generation
  • Gender
  • Language
  • Education level
  • Field of Study
  • School
  • Ethnicity
  • Income / net worth
  • Home Ownership
  • Home value
  • Property Size
  • Square Footage of home
  • Year home was built
  • Household composition
  • Users who have anniversary within 30 days
  • Users who are away from family or hometown
... the list goes on.

How have they come into posession of such large amounts of information? Because we let them have it. If you haven't already, delete your Facebook account. Or better yet, dont make one in the first place. It turns out they cannot be trusted to remove your data either. See here

Study shows Tik Tok users display tic like behaviours.

According to a study conducted by the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society, there is an increase in the number of young people displaying tic-like behaviours which resemble tourettes syndrome.
In one of the latest trends on the video sharing app Tik Tok, users appear to demonstrate movements and vocalisations that are typically associated with people who suffer from tourettes. While on the surface this may seem like an innocent enough activity that genuine sufferers may do to raise awareness and reduce the social stigma of their condition, the reality is that many of the videos appear to demonstrate tics that are not typically associated with the condition.

This demonstrates a widespread problem of what is, for lack of a better word, attention-seeking. Pretending to have mental disorders isnt anything new and nobody should be shocked by it. The more worrying aspect of this study is that the people who frequently view this content may subconciously begin to emulate the tics and vocalisations they see in the videos. This is hardly a surprise as the average Tik Tok user spends approximately 33 minutes a day watching videos and in the UK, 41 minutes a day. This begs the question, are we really happy living in a society where we let our own children grow up around this type of technology that has proven to do unimaginable harm to mental development and not to mention the breaches of privacy especially where vunerable young people are converned.