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Facebook Can Cause Depression, Pocket Points Bribes Students [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 04-02-2015

Getting depressed over Facebook, bribing students to learn, converting real books into ebooks, the Humble Star Wars Bundle, mourning Monty Oum, and HTC gets into the rap game.


Facebook Envy May Cause Depression

Facebook can cause depression, at least according to researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia. A survey of 700 students found that those who “browse the website to see how their friends are doing compared with their own lives” can experience the “symptoms of depression.

While using Facebook 10 Reasons Why People Still Use Facebook [We Ask You Results] The main reason people still use Facebook is because everyone else uses it. Go figure. Read More simply to keep in touch with family and friends is a “fun and healthy activity,” negative feelings can grow when the social networking site is used to compare your life to the lives of others. Essentially, feelings of envy can lead to depression.

The sample size means this study is far from definitive. However, it should act as a warning not to get too wrapped up in what your friends are posting and boasting about on Facebook 5 Facebook Status Updates Guaranteed To Annoy [Opinion] Facebook is, by all accounts, closing in on 1 billion users. That's an awful lot of people maintaining a profile on the site, and telling their family, friends, co-workers, and anyone else who will listen,... Read More . Even if it is true (which isn’t always guaranteed), concentrating on improving your own life is always more rewarding.

Students Bribed To Ignore Smartphones

Students at several U.S. colleges are being bribed into choosing to study rather than constantly checking their smartphones How Smartphones Are Ruining Your Life Your smartphone could be ruining your life, or at least have the capacity to do so in the future. Read More . This is thanks to Pocket Points, an app developed by a student at California State University, Chico.

Pocket Points lets students earn points for keeping their smartphone locked while they’re on campus. One point is earned for every 20 minutes the phone is kept locked in class, with points used for money in local businesses.


Any initiative able to persuade students to study more and mess around on their phones less is a positive. However, it’s shocking to discover that students are more likely to concentrate on studying for 10 percent off a cheesesteak rather than to secure themselves a good future 11 Incredibly Useful Apps Every College Student Needs If you're a college student, you need these apps for taking notes, cooking, and surviving other aspects of student life. Read More .

Kindle Convert Turns Paper Into E-Ink

Amazon has released Kindle Convert, a Windows program which lets you turn printed book into digital books Books Suck: Why I Love My Kindle More Than Dead Trees Modern e-readers hold thousands of novels, weigh next to nothing, have built in lights, and don't give you a concussion when they hit your nose. Read More . Currently priced at $19 (but with a list price of $49), Kindle Convert requires you to scan each page of the book you want to convert into the Kindle format. Which will require a lot of time and patience.

While this is likely to put most people off, it’s still good to have this option, especially for those who want to digitize rare or out-of-print books. Unfortunately, Kindle Convert is only available in the U.S. for the time being, though that’s likely to change in the future.

Buy The Humble Star Wars Bundle, You Will

The Humble Star Wars Bundle has dropped, offering nine classic Star Wars games 3 Of The Best Star Wars Video Games Ever Made Over the years, Star Wars has seen a practically never-ending supply of video game adaptations. Some of them are terrible (I'm looking at you Yoda Stories), and some are absolutely incredible. Read More for just $12. Titles include Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, Star Wars Battlefront II, and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition.


As with all Humble Bundles, the buyer can choose how much to pay and how the money is assigned between the developers and the charities being supported. Which in this case are UNICEF and Star Wars: Force For Change. Both of which are thoroughly worthy causes.

Rooster Teeth’s Monty Oum Dies Aged 33

Monty Oum, an animator for production studio Rooster Teeth, has died at the tender age of just 33. Oum, best known for writing and producing RWBY, passed away following “a severe allergic reaction during a simple medical procedure.” Oum will be missed by colleagues and fans alike.

HTC Raps Against Its Competitors

And finally, HTC has some strange ideas when it comes to marketing. And its latest attempt to persuade you all to buy an HTC One How To Root Your First Generation HTC One Unusually, there are no special utilities that enable this – instead, you must use HTC's approved rooting method. Read More instead of an iPhone or Galaxy S5 is a rap song and accompanying video starring Doc G of P.M. Dawn fame.

Yes, it’s as eye-watering and ear-splitting as you assumed it was going to be, but you may not be able to stop yourself from watching it more than once. As some kind of punishment. [H/T Engadget]


Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Has your mood ever worsened while browsing Facebook? Is bribing students to ignore their smartphones the way forward? Would you ever convert your book collection from paper to digital?

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  1. dragonmouth
    February 4, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    "it’s shocking to discover that students are more likely to concentrate on studying for 10 percent off a cheesesteak rather than to secure themselves a good future."
    No, it isn't. "Good future" is something vague and remote in time. "Cheesesteak" is something concrete and NOW. "Good future" will not assuage hunger now, a cheesesteak will.