Wednesday 29 March 2017

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Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Turning off the smart phone before bed is a challenge for most of us
Turning off the smart phone before bed is a challenge for most of us

Turning off the smart phone before bed is a challenge for most of us. New TV3 documentary 'Ireland's Screen Slaves' asks three social media obsessives to log out for one week and engage with reality.

The programme, which airs on Monday at 10pm, is hosted by the Irish Independent's Technology Editor Adrian Weckler.

"Social media is no longer something utilised by a niche group," he said. "It's part of our everyday lives. Social media is not inherently bad but it is a more powerful tool than TV or radio and we need to start examining the impact it can have on people."

Saoirse Ormonde (15) from Co Waterford is the youngest "addict" to feature on the show. Saoirse monitors the number of Likes all her selfies get online. If a picture hasn't received at least one 'like' a minute within 15 minutes, she will delete it.

"A lot of the way I am is because of social media. It's made me a lot more confident in myself but it has made me conscious of myself," she said.

Irish Independent

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