Tanya Basu, MIT Tech Review

Tanya Basu

MIT Tech Review

New York, NY, United States

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Recent articles by Tanya:

Snapchat will now offer mental health tools in the app

Snapchat has released a beta version of a search tool called “Here For You” that will connect users to mental health resources.How will it work? → Read More

The coronavirus is the first true social-media “infodemic”

Social media has zipped information and misinformation around the world at unprecedented speeds, fueling panic, racism … and hope. → Read More

No, there’s no evidence that cell phones give you cancer

A new review from the FDA says it finds no evidence linking the two, but that research should continue.The findings: The report reviewed 125 experiments carried out on animals and 75 on humans between 2008 and August 2019. → Read More

The “manosphere” is getting more toxic as angry men join the incels

Men from the less extreme end of the misogynistic spectrum are drifting toward groups that espouse violence against women, a new study suggests. → Read More

How Instagram is making jigsaw puzzles cool again

Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube are suddenly full of people earnestly completing jigsaw puzzles. What’s going on? → Read More

A study of YouTube comments shows how it’s turning people on to the alt-right

A new study suggests what we’ve suspected for years is right: YouTube is a pipeline for extremism and hate.How do we know that? → Read More

Why private micro-networks could be the future of how we connect

Forget amassing likes or cultivating your online persona. Apps like Cocoon are all about being your true self with just a select few people. → Read More

Google’s new idea to get you off your phone? Seal it in an envelope.

Google has announced a trio of projects meant to get you out in the real world and away from your phone.The “apps”: They are designed by Google’s Digital Wellbeing Experiments arm to make your Pixel3a (the only phone for which they work) barely functional. → Read More

The Human Screenome Project will capture everything we do on our phones

It proposes taking screenshots of your smartphone activity every five seconds to better understand our digital lives. Is it worth it? → Read More

Sex tech is slowly making a comeback at CES. About time.

The world’s biggest tech show still has a long way to go in accepting that sex—and women—exist. → Read More

In 2019 it became cool to be “real” online

Awkward angles, bad poses, and raw emotions: it was the year of posts about our true selves—or so we thought. → Read More

How iPads might actually help kids learn to read

A study out today in the journal Developmental Psychology suggests that animated text could make e-books superior to physical books.The study: Thirty-five children between three and five years old participated in a series of three experiments using two popular kids’ books: Cat’s Pajamas and Zoom City, both by author Thacher Hurd. → Read More

YouTube says it is finally trying to make the site less toxic

YouTube is responding to allegations that it allows racist and homophobic harassment on its platform. → Read More

Why kids don’t trust Alexa

We tend to think of children as blindly trusting of whatever information comes their way. They’re not. → Read More

Why the rise of the app has put thousands of people in the hospital

People are being distracted by apps on their phones, and getting injured as a result. → Read More

This girl’s TikTok “makeup” video went viral for discussing the Uighur crisis

A smart bit of bait-and-switch that got past the moderators shows how the app is growing up. But it also raises questions about censorship on the platform. → Read More

Two studies lay the blame for childhood screen time at moms’ feet

The often perplexing world of screen-time research has some new findings—one pretty obvious, and one a bit strange.The mom effect, part 1: The first of two studies published today in the journal JAMA, led by Sheri Madigan at the University of Calgary, used survey data to see whether preschoolers were meeting World Health Organization guidelines for screen time, which recommend no more than an… → Read More

Even if they can’t vote, teens are roasting Pete Buttigieg on TikTok

No major Democractic candidate has a presence on the wildly popular social video platform. That’s a big missed opportunity. → Read More

Apple just released an app that tracks your heart, hearing, and menstrual cycles

Apple’s new standalone app, called Research, is an effort to collect information on three common aspects of people’s health. → Read More

Screen time might be physically changing kids’ brains

A study published today in JAMA Pediatrics warns that kids’ literacy and language skills suffer with screen use, and MRI scans of their brains appear to back up the findings.The study: Forty-seven 3- to 5-year-olds took a test to measure their cognitive abilities, and their parents were asked to answer a detailed survey about screen time habits. → Read More