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Social Q’s: A Totally Radical Plan for Getting Along With Your Siblings

Advertisement My sister and I (both in our 20s) have a tense relationship. She often misinterprets things I say as criticisms of her. My “Ready to go?” will be taken as a negative comment on the clothing or accessories she’s wearing. And frankly, her nonstop advice to me gets under my skin, too. I know there will come a day when we will get along peacefully as sisters. Until then, any ideas for keeping the meanness at bay? ANONYMOUS Why on earth do you suppose that your relationship with your…

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Why was this female radio host threatened on social media?

On Tuesday while introducing a pre-recorded interview with One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson, Australian media personality Ash London and her co-hosts, Ed Kavalee and Ash Williams, exchanged banter about the singer’s appearance and popularity. In an attempt to explain which former One Direction star he is to her less knowledgeable co-hosts, London described him as having “ratty” facial hair. It was an observation, grounded in Australian slang; an attempt to contextualise the comments made by her co-hosts who said he was “not Harry Styles,” and was the “least popular one of the group.” Hit Network’s Ash…

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Kate Winslet: ‘Social media is the single most damaging place for a young woman’

Kate Winslet has zero time for Instagram. In an interview with UK Vogue, the Oscar-winning actor offered her thoughts on ageing gracefully, and her beauty routine, (spoiler: she’s very low maintenance).  But the 42-year-old didn’t glaze over how young women have been negatively implicated by social media.  Actress Kate Winslet. Photo: Evan Agostini “Just today a close friend, a younger actress who is well-known, was saying to me that social media is the single most damaging place for a young woman to spend her time,” she said to Vogue. “I am worrying more and…

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Why Kate Moss steers clear of social media and selfies

It’s a Monday afternoon and I’m asking Kate Moss why she thinks she’s stayed at the top for so long. “I don’t consider myself a rule breaker,” she tells me. “I just follow my instincts and there’s absolutely no agenda. It helps that I still really enjoy modelling, even after all these years.” “From the beginning, photographers always got me to take my clothes off, even though I don’t like my body at all.” Photo: Australscope Kate is at her modelling agency in Soho, London – the Kate Moss Agency, that is,…

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Daisy Ridley: Social media is bad for mental health

Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley says becoming famous made her delete her social media. The 25-year-old, who stars as Rey in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, quit Instagram earlier this year. In an interview with Radio Times, she says she did it because of how bad it is for mental health. Ridley says: “The more I read about teenage anxiety, the more I think it’s highly unhealthy for people’s mental health.” She adds: “It’s such a weird thing for young people to look at distorted images of things they should…

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Social media rises to Taylor Swift fan's challenge to name a 'badder bitch'

Last month, a Taylor Swift fan sent out a challenge to the people of Twitter. It was not a particularly difficult challenge, but it’s one that women in particular have taken up in the weeks since, with a good sprinkling of zest.  The challenge, presented by Twitter user @xnulz alongside a fiercely defiant still from the video for the pop star’s latest hit single, Reputation, was thus: “Name a bitch badder than Taylor Swift.”  The internet’s collective response? Challenge accepted. The tweet, originally posted on November 9, has since gathered more than 6600…

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Social mobility board quits over lack of progress

The board of the government’s Social Mobility Commission has stood down in protest at the lack of progress towards a “fairer Britain”. Ex-Labour minister Alan Milburn, who chairs the commission, said he had “little hope” the current government could make the “necessary progress”. Tory former cabinet minister Baroness Shephard is among three others to quit. In a resignation letter first reported by the Observer, Mr Milburn said ministers were preoccupied with Brexit. He said that meant the government “does not have the necessary bandwidth to ensure the rhetoric of healing…

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