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Is the internet becoming a disease?

By: Hannah Jane Parkinson Source: The Guardian Madness, so the saying goes, is doing the same thing over and over and expecting to get different results. Which is the same as refreshing Twitter in the hope of more likes and retweets when your tweet isn’t going to get any better. The internet plays havoc with our minds. This we know, because the Netflix countdown to the next episode is a microcosm Stockholm syndrome. But can the internet make us physically ill? Is the internet bad for us in the way that going outside with wet hair is bad for us? According to a study (four words that are ruining journalism) — it is. This is the news that isn’t news, because the “Mail” just decided to...

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How much is too much? – smartphone addiction

By: James A. Roberts, Baylor University Source: The Conversation How many times a day do you check your smartphone? According to a recent survey, the typical American checks once every six-and-a-half minutes, or approximately 150 times every day. Other research has found that number to be as high as 300 times a day. For young people, the attachment is particularly acute: 53 percent of people between the ages of 15 and 30 reported they would sooner give up their sense of taste than their smartphones. These data strongly suggest that many may, indeed, be addicted to their smartphones. I’ve studied shopping addiction for 20 years and have a pretty good sense of when normal behaviors veer into...

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Mohammad Muzaffar Wani, father of Islamic separatist group Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, speaks during an interview with Reuters at their family home in Srinagar, May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

Kashmir: Muslim rebels wage effective social media war

By: Douglas Busvine and Fayaz Bukhari Source: Reuters via MuslimVillage TRAL, India (Reuters) – Rebels like Burhan Wani, more adept at spreading their message via smartphone than wielding an assault rifle, are becoming a rallying point in disputed Kashmir for youth who reject the authority of India’s federal government. Wani, a 22-year-old commander of Islamic separatist group Hizb-ul Mujahideen, personifies a new generation of militant who is winning public sympathy in a battle that once again risks destabilizing the troubled northern region. “He is on a pious path and we are proud of him,” said  Mohammad Muzaffar Wani, the father of the militant who shot to...

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