Life and style

Instagram is supposed to be friendly. So why is it making people so miserable?

For a growing number of users and mental health experts, the positivity of Instagram is precisely the problem, with its relentless emphasis on promoting ‘perfect’ lifestyles. Should everyone just stop scrolling?

‘Never send nudes, and keep swearing tame’: a WhatsApp survival guide

One false move, and you could be swamped by the conversation from hell. Dos and don’ts for the eight groups you’re probably avoiding right now

Amazon Echo, Google Home or Sonos One: which smart speaker should I buy?

Voice-control devices that can play music, answer questions and buy goods are one of the hottest gifts this Christmas. Here’s what they can do – and our pick of the best buys

Does constantly photographing my life ruin it, or help me remember it?

Holidays, children, natural phenomena: it’s easy to feel something didn’t happen unless you took a photo. But there are moments a picture can’t replicate

Asos app allows shoppers to snap up fashion

Customers upload photo from magazine or social media and retailer finds a selection of similar styles to buy instantly

Food that looks good enough to… Instagram

From honeycomb doughnuts to Taiwanese bao buns, some dishes are perfect for social media. But do chefs make them just to create a buzz?

Network and hustle: the key skills for women in technology

Here’s a roundup of the best tips from The Guardian’s aexpert panellists.

Why a digital detox is bad for all of us

These days it’s tempting to ignore the news entirely, says Ruth Whippman. But it’s essential that we stay fully engaged

From Raya to Tinder Select: the world of elite dating apps

Rich, intelligent or just really good-looking? Why not join a dating app open only to a selected few?

Get real: why analogue refuses to die

In all sorts of industries, analogue products are making a comeback

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