Constant craving: how digital media turned us all into dopamine addicts | Life and style- Tempemail

Dr Anna Lembke, a world-leading expert on addiction, is concerned about my “phone problem”. During our interview I confess, in passing, to having an unhealthy attachment to my iPhone, checking it every few minutes like a compulsive tic (sound familiar?) Lembke is having none of it. She wants me to Continue Reading

Venmo voyeurs: why do we let friends see our financial transactions online? | Life and style- Tempemail

Would you ever want your friends to see how many taxi rides you share on a wild weekend out? Who you had Thai noodles with on any given day? With whom you split rent and living expenses? If the answer is yes, you are part of a cohort of Venmo Continue Reading

From Oslo pram guy to the teenage vacuum expert: inside the obsessive world of niche online reviewers | Life and style- Tempemail

Once a month, every month, more than 8,000 strangers pay James Hoffmann a total of £16,263 so he can go out and buy coffee machines. Hoffmann, 41, from London, is an author, business owner, coffee connoisseur and, above all, a YouTuber: more than 900,000 people subscribe to his channel, on Continue Reading

Mental health memes are everywhere – can they offer more than comic relief? | Life and style- Tempemail

When, more than a decade ago, I was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, I turned to the internet to learn more about my condition. Back then, the effects of trauma weren’t exactly unknown, but they weren’t making headlines, either. Most of the information I found was on psychology websites, but Continue Reading

Meet the in-betweeners: the suddenly public lives of internet celebrities | Life and style- Tempemail

You probably know Sarah Bahbah, by her name, or her work – but you probably wouldn’t be able to pick her out in a crowd. You may have seen her recent cover shot of DJ Khaled for GQ; or you may know her other visual art work –like her subtitle Continue Reading

They say millennials like to write rather than call. So why did it take me five months to draft an email? | Life and style- Tempemail

Recently, a friend told me a very ordinary, uneventful story which felt so familiar that I found myself screaming. This friend was being kept awake by noise from the flat upstairs (a classic rental scenario), so he decided to send them a note. He drafted and redrafted it over many Continue Reading

People have told me I’m on the wrong side of history, but I still want to be their friend | Life and style- Tempemail

It’s rare to see a woman really let her anger glitter, unhindered by any fear of accusations of hysteria or worse, so what a blast of delicious fire Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has given us. Her essay It Is Obscene, published online last week, is ostensibly about two former students of Continue Reading

‘I put my life savings in crypto’: how a generation of amateurs got hooked on high-risk trading | Life and style- Tempemail

Noor is whispering so her boyfriend won’t hear her. The 30-something designer from London is down about £14,000 as a result of her decision to get into investing, in addition to another £8,000 profit she made on bitcoin last year, but then lost. Nobody knows the full extent of Noor’s Continue Reading

Eat a banana! Get off Twitter! How to be more productive at work | Life and style- Tempemail

Getting stuff done is hard. Getting stuff done while there is a pandemic rumbling on is almost impossible. Even for work-from-home lifers who haven’t had to make an adjustment to their professional environment, it can be a struggle to summon the energy to get through a list of tasks. But Continue Reading

When missing people don’t want to be found: ‘I’d removed myself to push the world away’ | Life and style- Tempemail

At 10pm on Friday 29 January 2016, Esther Beadle closed the front door and walked out of her life. A journalist at the Oxford Mail, she was seen leaving her shared house in Cowley, about an hour’s walk from the centre of Oxford. Then she was gone. When she didn’t Continue Reading