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Smartphones, tablets and internet killing Irish marriages and family life

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Forget affairs or simply falling out of love, technology is the biggest factor in the breakdown of Irish marriages, it’s claimed.

Family psychologist and UCD lecturer, Dr John Sharry, maintains the overuse of smartphones, tablets and the internet is having a devastating impact on relationships – and our sex lives.

Worryingly, our must-have gadgets are also ruining family life and the bonds between parents and their children.

Dr Sharry’s warnings are supported by counselling body Relationships Ireland, which claims 90% of couples seeking its help say technology is a big factor in their marriage troubles.

Read more: Four things that spell relationship trouble – and how you can avoid heading for the divorce courts.

Source: Smartphones, tablets and internet killing Irish marriages and family life, warns expert – Irish Mirror Online

‘Fake news’ inquiry launched

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The Guardian MPs to investigate threat to democracy from ‘fake news’The GuardianDamian Collins MP says growth of fake news ‘undermines confidence in the media in general’. Photograph: Sean Smith for the Guardian. Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff. Sunday 29 January 2017 13.12 EST Last modified on Sunday 29 January 2017 17.00 EST.Fake news inquiry by MPs examines threat […]

via MPs to investigate threat to democracy from ‘fake news’ – The Guardian — Pintanews

Top British Spy Warns of Terrorists’ Use of Social Media – NYTimes.com

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Top British Spy Warns of Terrorists’ Use of Social Media – NYTimes.com.

LONDON — One of Britain’s highest-ranking intelligence officials on Tuesday castigated the giant American companies that dominate the Internet for providing the “command-and-control networks of choice for terrorists and criminals” and challenged the companies to find a better balance between privacy and security.

The statements were made by Robert Hannigan, the newly appointed director of GCHQ, Britain’s electronic intelligence agency. They were among the most pointed in a campaign by intelligence services in Britain and the United States against pressure to rein in their digital surveillance after disclosures by the American former contractor Edward J. Snowden…

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