Social Media

“Smart phones, dumb people”

Tamara El-Rahi | 05 May 2014
Video: Look Up. It’s called social media, but how social is it?

Facebook losing its lustre for the young

Tamara El-Rahi | 20 January 2014
That’s one trend you weren’t expecting. Could it really be?

We take more photos, but we have fewer memories

Tamara El-Rahi | 13 December 2013
Research shows that our need to document impairs our ability to remember.

A social media save

Tamara El-Rahi | 01 November 2013
Social media isn't so bad - Facebook page HONY facilitated an amazing story this week.

Parents posting photos of their kids online - yes or no?

Tamara El-Rahi | 11 September 2013
Will posting pictures of the bubs affect them later on in life?

Facebook makes you sad

Tamara El-Rahi | 19 August 2013
Spending time with "real people" is more satisfactory than spending it on social media. Surprise.

Tweeting out for help

Tamara El-Rahi | 14 August 2013
If you were locked in a building, would you tweet or would you phone?

The teenage selfie: harmless or harmful?

Tamara El-Rahi | 17 July 2013
The culture of the selfie could be fuelling one big sexual competition.

Social media is making us ruder

Tamara El-Rahi | 12 April 2013
Have you ever argued with a friend on Facebook? Blocked or deleted them after a virtual agreement? Well, it turns out that you're not alone. It's actually a thing! It's not surprising that relationships - whether with friends, family, lovers - have been ruined thanks to social media. According to a recent survey, 78% of people have reported increased rudeness online, and most have no qualms at all about forgetting their manners in the online sphere.

Generation Different-Wavelength-Altogether

Tamara El-Rahi | 08 April 2013
The media harps on about a generational shift in regards to same-sex marriage, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. The opinions of young people seem to lack a general thinking through. They have an outlook that mimics the majority, judgments that don’t consider consequences, assessments based on the sentiment of the moment or on an excessive tolerance, and often a tendency to indifference.

Feeling sad? Stalk yourself on Facebook

Tamara El-Rahi | 20 March 2013

Parents urged to intervene in teens’ online life

William West | 28 November 2012
Conferences around the world are urging parents and teachers to take a stronger line in young people's digital activities.

A timeless message to teens: mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook…

Carolyn Moynihan | 20 August 2012
Some messages take a long time to catch on -- or perhaps they are things that need to be said at regular intervals, forever. Answers, for example, to the complaint, “I’m bored.”

More time online = less happiness among girls

Carolyn Moynihan | 06 February 2012
Girls who spend a lot of time using multimedia seem to be less happy and socially comfortable than peers who spend less time on screens, a study from Stanford University suggests.

A Christmas truce on the social media front

Carolyn Moynihan | 27 October 2011
Intermedia, Rome, a partner of MercatorNet, has come up with a great Christmas idea -- to make December 25 a day on which everyone can enjoy the social media online without running into any kind of violence.

How marriage is like baseball

Rome Reports | 13 October 2011
A marriage campaign launched by the US Catholic bishops takes a creative approach.

Family Edge looks at news and trends affecting the family in the light of human dignity. Our focus is the inspiring, creative, humorous, annoying, ridiculous, and dangerous ideas in the evening news. Send tips and brainwaves to the editor, Tamara Rajakariar, at tamara.rajakariar@

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