OPINION: everyone should stop using Facebook

34726516944_b0e1585de2_o

The time has come to give up on Facebook. It had already taken up too much of our lives and given our info for targeted-marketing, but they’ve finally gone for all-out political manipulation.  For anyone not in the know, Facebook has come under a lot of fire for selling users’ information to a company called Cambridge Analytica. In […]

OPINION: Facebook has value, we shouldn’t jump ship now

34726516944_b0e1585de2_o

Facebook – an app we all want to delete sometimes, particularly now that it has emerged that users’ data was passed on to third parties. However there are still reasons to keep this nifty little social network in your pocket.  Like many people in this university who aren’t from Galway, you may be living away from your family and friends. You wouldn’t think it […]

Fans flock to delete Snapchat alongside their Idols

sc

Snapchat has been one of the most popular social media platforms since its launch in 2011. But in the past few months its reputation has plummeted, with a landslide of user’s reverence for the instant photo messaging diminished to the point of actual deletion. Snapchat’s recent update certainly may have damaged the app’s reputation, with […]

Should we stop scrolling and start phoning?

4982722491_24b29a4516_o

Social media has undoubtedly changed the way in which we communicate. Gone are the days of hour-long phone calls after 6 o’clock and screaming at people to get off the internet while manually pressing buttons on a non-portable phone. Even pieces of furniture have become obsolete, with telephone chairs now gathering dust, and a shiny white broadband modem sitting proudly in the […]

No filter is enough to hide ugly Snapchat update

snap

The Snapchat update version 10.26.0.15 has left outraged users scrambling to find ways to uninstall the update, scratching their head wondering where they can find their own story never mind their friends’.   Advertising has also expanded with companies like McDonald’s now using 10 second spaces between your friends’ stories to promote their products. However is social media’s purpose not to bring together a community of your friends and family and sharing […]

Living two lives at once

kendall-kylie-jenner-instagram-selfie-guide-main

Blurred photoshopped lines, carefully chosen emojis, self-directed Snapchat movies – the daily task of managing a virtual self is one that we don’t even think too much about anymore because the use of social media is second nature for our generation. Over the past few years we’ve become accustomed to using it, or at the […]

Selfies and self-worth

selfie

Not so long ago, I found myself in a funny kind of situation, but not the funny ‘haha’ kind. It was a funny, makes your insides squirm kind. And the thing was, it wasn’t the situation itself, but my reaction to it that made me feel this way. See, I am in a Facebook group […]

The real Snapchat story

sc

Social media is an infinite scroll of humblebrags, naïve politics and insufferable sunset snaps taken somewhere better than wherever you’re reading this from. It is a source of entertainment, envy and enlightenment but is there a point when social media becomes dangerous? Facebook is The Procrastination Station when it comes to student life. It is […]

Insta-ready childhood?

kyliejennerselfie

When I was twelve I asked Santa for new games for my Nintendo, a few CDs and whatever else was cool in 2010. My younger sister, who turns twelve in two months, recently asked Santa for Flawless foundation brushes, a dupe Kylie Jenner lip kit, a new case for her iPhone and vouchers for Boots […]

Eoin Drones: Scholastic Seclusion

16840395246_a2841b0f4e_z

When Vera Brittain, the acclaimed author of Testament of Youth coined the term ‘scholastic seclusion’, she had intended it to refer to the isolation she felt being left behind at Oxford while most of her contemporaries had gone off to serve in the Great War. However, scholastic seclusion seems to have a new meaning in […]