Teens Are Almost Constantly Online And More On This Week's CTRL ALT Delete Segment On CHOM 97.7 FM

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Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio out of Montreal (home base). It’s not a long segment – about 10 minutes every week – about everything that is happening in the world of technology and digital media. The good folks at CHOM 97.7 FM are posting these segments weekly on i Heart Radio, if you’re interested in hearing more of me blathering away about what’s going on in the digital world. I’m really excited about this opportunity, because this is the radio station that I grew up listening to, and it really is a fun treat to be invited to the Mornings Rock with Terry DiMonte morning show. The segment is called, CTRL ALT Delete with Mitch Joel.

This week we discussed: 

  • How depressing is this: “Forty-five percent of teenagers say they are online ‘almost constantly,’ according to a new Pew Research Center study on teens and social media use. That percentage has nearly doubled in just a few years: In a 2014-2015 Pew survey, 24 percent of teens said the same. Pew’s survey, released Thursday, asked American teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 about their social media use.” Depressed or is this the simple reality of life now… and are ok with this? 
  • Facebook is calling it quits for its “Trending” links. They were always an awkward and strange mix. It’s too bad, as “Trending” could have been something! 
  • Spotify is back-peddling on their “hate conduct” policy. Some felt it stifles free speech. Others felt that is was a jab at rap music (maybe racisim?). Spotify admits that they could have done a better job. Still, the question remains: does Spotify – by their sheer size – have the right to decide what is good and pure?
  • App of the Week: Foodie – Camera For Life.