New York Times: Is It Possible to Feel Creatively Connected Without Social Media?

This may be the first time I’ve ever linked to an advice column in ResearchBuzz. Here we go, from the New York Times: Is It Possible to Feel Creatively Connected Without Social Media?. “It has become a thing for some to use Instagram as a kind of CV, and there are stories of those who have found gallery representation on the basis of their feeds. At the end of the day, though, I suspect that by recusing yourself from social media, what you’re mostly missing out on is the illusion of community, rather than an actual, supportive, real-life one, which you’ve already taken steps to build. Let’s face it: Social media is better at fostering solipsism than it is at inspiring or showcasing creative work.”

MakeUseOf: 5 Decision-Making Apps to Help You Pick the Right Choice

MakeUseOf: 5 Decision-Making Apps to Help You Pick the Right Choice. “We already have a few websites that make decisions for you when it comes to specific situations, like what to eat for dinner or what to watch on Netflix. But those sites don’t allow you to pose your own unique problem. So when you need to ask someone to help you pick between two outfits, or make a major life decision, these are the sites and apps that will guide you towards the right pick.”

The Atlantic: Is Reddit the World’s Best Advice Column?

A perspective on Reddit you rarely see in the media – and did I mention how much I enjoy The Atlantic? Is Reddit the World’s Best Advice Column? “r/Relationships is fascinating, and not just because the subreddit is a miles-deep reservoir of roiling drama. It’s also, by the food-fight standards of online discourse, a finely oiled machine. A team of volunteer moderators categorizes each post—there are many hundreds on a typical day—into groupings like ‘infidelity,’ ‘breakups,’ or ‘non-romantic,’ makes sure each is tagged with the ages and genders of the parties involved, and patrols the comment sections diligently for incivility. Astonishingly, the whole mechanism manages to dispense fairly level-headed advice.”