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 Lonely? Apply for a virtual girlfriend!

29 Mar

Lonely men are being given the chance to boost their Facebook relationship status – by dating a virtual girlfriend.

Cloud Girlfriend promises users the ability to create their ‘perfect girlfriend’, who will post messages on their wall, giving the impression that they are in a long distance relationship.

Billing itself as ‘The Social Network Girlfriend’, the site is yet to go live, but users are invited to register their interest online now, where they can input their email address on a form.

Cloud Girlfriend: Users can create their 'perfect girlfriend', who will post messages on their wall, giving the impression that they are in relationshipCloud Girlfriend: Users can create their ‘perfect girlfriend’, who will post messages on their wall, giving the impression that they are in relationship 

The site describes four steps to creating a virtual partner, with users asked to ‘define their perfect girlfriend’ before the site’s owners ‘bring her into existence’.

It then promises the budding online Romeos they will be able to ‘connect and interact’ with their new girlfriend ‘publicly on your favourite social network’, prompting speculation that the virtual girlfriend may not be limited to Facebook.

Co-founder David Fuhriman claimed that Cloud Girlfriend will help users to bag themselves a real girlfriend.

He explained to website Business Insider that women who see posts from a virtual girlfriend will think ‘someone else thinks highly enough of this person to date him, so maybe I should too’.

Advertised as a 'public long-distance relationship', Cloud Girlfriend's creators say the website will employ real human beings to act as fake partners (file picture)Advertised as a ‘public long-distance relationship’, Cloud Girlfriend’s creators say the website will employ real human beings to act as fake partner. 

Some have voiced concerns that Cloud Girlfriend contravenes Facebook’s terms and conditions, and that it will be quickly shut down by site bosses after it goes live.

The site’s terms currently state that users must ‘not provide any false personal information on Facebook, or create an account for anyone other than themselves without permission.’

Writing on MIT Technology Review, tech pundit Christopher Mims said: ‘Some start-ups don’t make it past the phase where they build a mailing list of users for their service, and if Cloud Girlfriend isn’t one of them, I will gladly eat my hat.’

But this has apparently not deterred legions of lonely male web users registering their interest with the service, as a banner on the site advises users to register early due to ‘high demand’.

Services that offer an opportunity to create a virtual girlfriend are already popular in Japan, with one Nintendo DS game, Love Plus, selling 100,000 copies within a month of release.

In December 2009, one user even ‘married’ a character from the game, tying the knot at a ceremony attended by 40 people.

29 Mar

CBS Boston

Doctors Warn About ‘Facebook Depression’ In Teens

By Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer

(Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images) 

(Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

CHICAGO (AP) — Add “Facebook depression” to potential harms linked with social media, an influential doctors’ group warns, referring to a condition it says may affect troubled teens who obsess over the online site.

A NEW CONDITION?

Researchers disagree on whether it’s simply an extension of depression some kids feel in other circumstances, or a distinct condition linked with using the online site.

But there are unique aspects of Facebook that can make it a particularly tough social landscape to navigate for kids already dealing with poor self-esteem, said Dr. Gwenn O’Keeffe, a Boston-area pediatrician and lead author of new American Academy of Pediatrics social media guidelines.

WBZ-TV’s Kate Merrill reports.

With in-your-face friends’ tallies, status updates and photos of happy-looking people having great times, Facebook pages can make some kids feel even worse if they think they don’t measure up.

SKEWED VIEW OF LIFE

It can be more painful than sitting alone in a crowded school cafeteria or other real-life encounters that can make kids feel down, O’Keeffe said, because Facebook provides a skewed view of what’s really going on. Online, there’s no way to see facial expressions or read body language that provide context.

The guidelines urge pediatricians to encourage parents to talk with their kids about online use and to be aware of Facebook depression, cyberbullying, sexting and other online risks.

They were published online Monday in Pediatrics.

‘IT’S LIKE A BIG POPULARITY CONTEST’

Abby Abolt, 16, a Chicago high school sophomore and frequent Facebook user, says the site has never made her feel depressed, but that she can understand how it might affect some kids.

“If you really didn’t have that many friends and weren’t really doing much with your life, and saw other peoples’ status updates and pictures and what they were doing with friends, I could see how that would make them upset,” she said.

“It’s like a big popularity contest — who can get the most friend requests or get the most pictures tagged,” she said.

Also, it’s common among some teens to post snotty or judgmental messages on the Facebook walls of people they don’t like, said Gaby Navarro, 18, a senior from Grayslake, Ill. It’s happened to her friends, and she said she could imagine how that could make some teens feel depressed.

“Parents should definitely know” about these practices,” Navarro said. “It’s good to raise awareness about it.”

The academy guidelines note that online harassment “can cause profound psychosocial outcomes,” including suicide. The widely publicized suicide of a 15-year-old Massachusetts girl last year occurred after she’d been bullied and harassed, in person and on Facebook.

“Facebook is where all the teens are hanging out now. It’s their corner store,” O’Keeffe said.

She said the benefits of kids using social media sites like Facebook shouldn’t be overlooked, however, such as connecting with friends and family, sharing pictures and exchanging ideas.

‘IT CAN GO TOO FAR’

“A lot of what’s happening is actually very healthy, but it can go too far,” she said.

Dr. Megan Moreno, a University of Wisconsin adolescent medicine specialist who has studied online social networking among college students, said using Facebook can enhance feelings of social connectedness among well-adjusted kids, and have the opposite effect on those prone to depression.

Parents shouldn’t get the idea that using Facebook “is going to somehow infect their kids with depression,” she said.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Facebook and its addicts are the scum of the Earth.

5 Sep
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Don’t like my opinions? I have more.

I rejoined Bebo today, the social network you know little about. There’s something about it that seems slightly more mature, and several shit-tons less addictive. It’s basically where I keep my stats. My Stats House if you will, and I’ll have a link to my profile on the side bar to the left so you can see what I mean, drop me a line, maybe add me as a friend (why must we call it “friends”?).

Anyway enjoy your weekend, I’m buying whiskey.

-onbey

Trollin’

29 Mar
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Trollin’

It’s all I do

Check the comments

I don’t care about your point of view

Trollin’

Tweet Tweet goes the obsession

My Facebook has no complexion

I’m set to away

But don’t panic babe

Meet me in my DailyBooth

We’ll take a stroll through IMVU rooms

Trollin’

Watch the pixels Flickr

And if you leave me for some noob

No worries babe, there’s Plenty Of Fish in the sea.

=^_^=

withdrawl

7 Mar
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First day without Facebook. No withrawl so far, but I have out of habit tried finding it on my bookmarks toolbar…how revolting. It seems to be such a quick reaction, but it also leaves me wondering what to do on the computer. And then I realise I don’t NEED to be on the computer. It’s a magical feeling.

FACT

27 Feb
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Other than the fact that the great DAVIS FLEETWOOD has added me as a “friend” on the ohsoevil Facebook, I’m looking forward to leaving. It’s not easy to leave but when I’m gone, I wont miss it.

Small Liberties First

25 Feb
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So I’m leaving the ever freakishly addictive Facebook. May my account(s) rest in deletable peace. Yeah that’s right accountS. It was getting THAT bad. The plan is to remove the only valued bit of info I have on there and that’s my albums. Which takes an insane amount of time because you must save each pic individually. I dread the process. But detachment from the formidable FB will be well worth it in the end. For once I am gone I will be free to look down upon my still inslaved peers from my tweetdeck…._.I kid you, mainly