It’s Facebook’s world — we only live in it.
- Police officers in Bradenton, FL, said a 19-year-old man snatched a Starbucks customers laptop after being told he could not use it to check his Facebook account.
- Scottish police departments are now vetting recruits via Facebook, et al., instead of the traditional F2F interviews. Previously recruits had to go through a two-hour interview in their home by a senior officer, who turns up unannounced. “But only two of Scotland’s forces still carry out home visits because of pressure to meet the government target of 1100 new officers.“
- A new study has found spending so much time on Facebook, et al., may kill you. An article in Biologist, the journal of Britain’s Institute of Biology, says that these social networks are responsible for a huge drop in F2F interactions: down from 6 hrs/day in 1987 to 2 hrs/day in 2007. “The huge reduction in direct interaction results in physiological changes with unhealthy consequences, the study claims, citing data gathered in Western industrialised societies. These include changed hormone levels, immune responses, blood pressure, arterial functioning, mental functioning – even genetic changes.”
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