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The 7 deadly sins of social networks

Let me tell you a little anecdote, one perhaps not known to many. A few years ago, the founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman, explained his theory on the success of social networks: “Social networks do best when they tap into one of the seven deadly sins. Facebook is ego. Zynga is sloth. LinkedIn is greed.”

I don’t think Hoffman was just joking around. Social media have become in fact a true reflection of our characters, our personalities and above all, a realistic representation of our vices and defects. In short, you could say "Tell me which social networks you use and I’ll tell you who you are”.

Here we’ve tried to connect the user profile of various social networks to each of the seven deadly sins. Not only will it be fun to try identify each with one or more sins, but it might result in some reflection and even some gentle self criticism. Happy reading!

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Cell-phone dependence: Levels of daily use revealed

Are you addicted on your cell phone? If you answered no, maybe you should think again, because with WattsApp, social networks, various apps, SMS and internet many of us spend more time with our heads bowed towards our cell phones than staring at the sky or into the eyes of others.

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Is Wikipedia the New Encyclopedia of Post-modern Times?

Nathaniel Tkacz. Wikipedia and the Politics of Openness. University of Chicago Press, 2015, 232 pp.

Wikipedia is “the free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit” with more than 40,5 million articles (5.178.924 in English) in 293 languages (up to June, 21), ranking one of the 10 most visited websites on the Internet (62. 687. 899 users).

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Violent Media, Children, and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): The Role of Genes

Violent Media, Children, and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): The Role of Genes

One of the factors that might influence the differences found in children's cons...

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Digital Intoxication: When to Stop

Digital Intoxication: When to Stop

What is Digital Intoxication?

The moment has come to speak of the digital intoxica...

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Social networks and depression: link shown with scientific research

Social networks and depression: link shown with scientific research

Social networks and depression: an increase in unhappiness for young Americans

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The Family: the Invisible Factor

The Family: the Invisible Factor

That the family is a key piece in the building up of society has been an axiom tha...

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The Image of Fatherhood in 100 Movies

 The Image of Fatherhood in 100 Movies

We are happy to announce the presentation of a soon-to-be-published book that ga...

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What’s left of the Father Figure?

What’s left of the Father Figure?

One of the questions we can’t afford to ignore is what remains of fathers in tod...

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The Elderly Portrayed in the Italian Press

The Elderly Portrayed in the Italian Press

A study, carried out by myself at the Communications Department of the Pontifica...

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Helping Parents to Deal with Adolescent Children

Helping Parents to Deal with Adolescent Children

Many parents see the stage of adolescence as a period of uncertainty and anxiety...

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5 Books for Young People That Never Go Out of Style

5 Books for Young People That Never Go Out of Style

Reading a good book broadens the mind, makes us grow; it is like meeting a new t...

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Letter from a husband to his wife

Letter from a husband to his wife

YOUR BODY ENCHANTS ME

My beloved bride:

I truly wish you knew how much I love your...

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Mom, no photos of me on Facebook! Revealing research into the use of internet and social media in the family

Mom, no photos of me on Facebook! Revealing research into the use of internet and social media in the family

"Please, Mom, don’t post vacation photos that include me" or "Dad, stop talking ...

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pdf-icoMessage of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 49th World Communications Day
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pdf-icoThe love that brings new life into the world” – Rabbi Sacks on the institution of marriage.
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pdf-icoIt’s a synod on the family, remember?
Divorce, annulments, and contraception certainly have their impact on family life, but surely it is a negative one.

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pdf-icoCreative Language: Decoding, Reframing and Defending Concepts of Human Identity
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pdf-icoFamily or Families?
Towards a better understanding of Humanization and Generativity
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pdf-icoSocial Networks: portals of truth and faith; new spaces for evangelization.
Message of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for the 47th World Communications Day
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pdf-icoThe Familiaris consortio (On the role of the Christian Family in the Modern World) thirty years later
Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, Archbishop of Bologna. Bologna, AMBER Association, 22 January 2012.
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pdf-icoFamily relationships, how they are presented in the media, and virtual relationshipsNorberto González Gaitano (Pontifical University of the Holy Cross).Giovanni Spadolini’s Hall. Senate of the Italian Republic.International Day of the Family, May 13, 2011.
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pdf-icoThe secret of brands. What’s hidden behind the communication of fashion: real needs or only emotive suggestions?The new edition of What’s left of the media by Gianfranco Bettetini and Armando Fumagalli (Quel che resta dei media; Franco Angeli, Milan) has recently hit bookstores.
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giovanni_paolo_ii_50_50Message of John Paul II for the 38th World Communications Day (2004)
"The Media and the Family: A Risk and a Richness ."
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giovanni_paolo_ii_50_50Message of Benedict XVI for the 43rd World Communications Day (2009)
"New Technologies, New Relationships. Promoting a Culture of Respect, Dialogue and Friendship."
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