Technology

Is violent behavior caused by violent video games?

photo credit: Will Lion via photopin cc

photo credit: Will Lion via photopin cc

As America lunges into the future, technology becomes increasingly abundant and sophisticated. Along with this substantial increase in technology, more Americans, especially young adults, find themselves associated with video games. While some games have educational content, many of the most popular games emphasize negative themes and promote violence. In addition, young adults and teenagers often lean towards violent video games.

The question is, however, do violent video games affect people’s behavior in real-life situations? The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry states, “studies of children exposed to violence have shown that they can become: “immune” or numb to the horror of violence, imitate the violence they see, and show more aggressive behavior with greater exposure to violence.” (more…)

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Keek: A new way to communicate to the world

Young teen using Keek as a form of social media

Young teen using Keek as a form of social media

As social media applications, such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and many more become increasingly popular, some competitors are also on the rise.

One such competitor is Keek, which is a quick method to share video updates with friends. Keek allows a maximum of 36-second video updates via webcam, iPhone, Android and Blackberry.

Not only does Keek allow users to upload 36-second videos, but also allows users to post keekbacks. This feature allows one to post a response, or feedback, to a certain keek. “Simply press the ‘Keekback’ button underneath a keek and record your video comment. Add an ‘@mention’ in the caption and they’ll be instantly notified that you posted a keekback for them,” stated keek.com.

Keek also provides the freedom to send private keeks. “If you and another user are following each other, you can send them a private keek. Go to your Dashboard → Keekmail → Private keeks and click the ‘New private keek’ button. Simply enter your friend’s Keek username and record your message,” stated keek.com. (more…)

Are social media sites becoming the new source for news?

Instagram on laptop

Instagram on laptop

Social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook have become substantially popular in the recent years.  At the moment, Facebook, and to a lesser extent, Twitter, dominate the intersection of social media and news.

According to the Pew Research Centers for Excellence in Journalism, more people use Facebook over Twitter for news.  On any device, 7% get their news on Facebook more than the 3% who do on Twitter. Those numbers may grow as we transition into an even more digital world of journalism. Another 19% say they get recommendations via Facebook, and 4% get recommendations via Twitter.

The populations of Twitter and Facebook news users are not equal, however. Fully 82% of those who ever get some news via Twitter recommendations also get some news via Facebook recommendations. (more…)