12 Lifestyle

  1. Earlier this year, Instagram tested hiding the number of likes on posts in order to protect the mental health of its users. Will hiding the number of likes on Instagram help reduce issues of comparison and low self-esteem, particularly among adolescents? How will Instagram influencers and sponsored posts be able to quantify and gauge content reach?
  2. A 2016 study in the Journal of Anatomy and a 2018 follow up in Scientific Reports hypothesized that posture changes because of mobile device use could be the cause of tiny bone spikes in the nape of necks in youth. Do you think their speculations have credence? In what other ways are screens affecting our health?
  3. In 2017, France passed a “right to disconnect” law allowing workers not to answer work emails at home in order to prioritize family time, prevent burnout, and preserve health. Do you think the U.S. or your country could enforce similar rules? What are potential governmental and corporate pushbacks to such mandates?
  4. Online dating apps like Tinder, Bumble, Hinge, Grindr, and others are normal socializing networks for all, ranging from young adults to senior citizens. Does using a dating app carry stigma? Does it ruin the dating scene? Does it go against the old adage of “don’t talk to strangers”?
  5. As debit and cards, alongside digital tap payment methods like Apple Pay, replace cash money in everyday interactions, is there a high possibility that digital assets will altogether replace centralized currency?
  6. How do the Frightful Five (Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google/Alphabet, and Microsoft) disrupt businesses and communities? How do they improve them? Do you see their impact on your own daily life?

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