Parents make up baby names for unique social media identity

New parents are giving their babies ‘made-up’ names such as Wrenlow, Maevery, Elisobelle and Jaspin just so they can have a unique social media identity. According to a survey of 1,772 parents, seven per cent have already chosen a unique name for their child, while a further two thirds (65 per cent) would consider it.…

Ofcom report reveals online concerns, rise of girl gamer

More parents than ever feel their children’s online use now carries more risks than benefits, according to a new Ofcom report which also reveals the rise of the girl gamer. Parents and carers are becoming more likely to trust their children with greater digital independence at a younger age. But far fewer believe the benefits…

Holidaymakers waste time worrying about work

Holidaymakers waste one whole day of a week-long trip worrying about work, deciding what to do, spending time on social media and waiting in line for attractions. A study of 2,000 UK adults, who’ve holidayed in the last year, found people spend 17 ½ hours over a seven day holiday – the equivalent of 6am…

Brits spend over 3 hours a day on phone during Holidays

The Prototype 'Phone Book' from Carphone Warehouse is designed to stop Holidaymakers feeling guilty about checking their phone Brits will spend three-and-a-half hours a day on their phone while on holiday, a study has found. The poll of 2,000 holidaymakers found 38 per cent are now more likely to sit on…

Average Brit spends decade of their lives using technology

The average Brit will spend the equivalent of a decade of their lives using smartphones, tablets and laptops - and share a staggering 92,053 social media posts, it has emerged. Researchers who carried out a detailed study discovered the true extent to which every element of our lives is conducted while holding or staring at…

Social media messaging encourages workplace productivity and collaboration, claims survey

Social media messaging can improve the nation’s productivity and enhance collaboration in the workplace, but can also lead to bullying if communication remains un-policed, according to the latest research. A survey of 3,047 workers commissioned by totaljobs found that as many as four out of five employees believe that apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger…

Facebook Messenger launches un-send feature – but you’ve only got 10 minutes!

Facebook Messenger’s long-awaited un-send feature is expected to launch soon, allowing people (mostly drunken people I suspect) to retract messages they have sent. The social network has detailed the imminent arrival of the option in its iOS app notes – but you will only get 10 minutes to change your mind! “If you accidentally send…

Two-thirds of parents say social media is distracting children during homework

Nearly two-thirds of parents in the UK say that their children struggle to concentrate on homework in the home as they are constantly distracted by social media, messaging, online games, and other online services according to new research by BT Whole Home Wi-Fi. 72% of parents with children aged 7-18 claim that when their child…