Why our screens leave us hungry for more nutritious forms of social interaction

Social media is the refined sugar of human communication.

mc schraefel, Professor of Computer Science and Human Performance, University of Southampton • conversation
Sept. 10, 2020 ~6 min

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Lockdown and tech overload – how to escape your screens

Excessive screen use has been linked to addictive behaviours, changes in mood, increased stress and difficulty sleeping - here's how to take a break.

Charmele Ayadurai, Teaching Fellow, Durham University • conversation
May 27, 2020 ~6 min

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Working from home: Twitter reveals why we’re embracing it

#WFH? It seems a lot of people have quickly become used to it.

Simon Thorne, Senior Lecturer in Computing and ​Information Systems, Cardiff Metropolitan University • conversation
May 22, 2020 ~6 min

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Zoom fatigue: how to make video calls less tiring

Our brains have to work hard to deal with difficult and unexpected noise.

Pheobe Sun, PhD Candidate in Computer Science, University College Dublin • conversation
May 11, 2020 ~7 min

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Zoom security: I've researched problems with video conferencing for years – here's what you need to know

Do you need a new video conferencing provider?

Thomas Reisinger, PhD Candidate in Cyber Security, De Montfort University • conversation
May 1, 2020 ~7 min

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SEAS students develop customized videoconferencing platform

With the move to online classes, a group of Harvard students quickly formed a team and collaborated over spring break to develop Congregate, a web platform that enables users to host events or gatherings that are broken into many dynamically generated conversation rooms.

Adam Zewe • harvard
April 10, 2020 ~6 min

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Videoconferencing keeps people connected while the coronavirus keeps them inside – but privacy and security are far from perfect

Zoom's privacy and security shortcomings are just the latest videoconferencing vulnerabilities. Knowing each platform's risks can help people avoid many of the downsides of virtual gatherings.

Elizabeth Stoycheff, Associate Professor of Communication, Wayne State University • conversation
April 10, 2020 ~9 min

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