Observer Magazine

WhatsApp: inside the secret world of group chat

When WhatsApp launched it quickly became the main messaging service for groups of friends and family.

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?

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

Trash talk: how Twitter is shaping the new politics

A revolution in politics is under way, and it is being fought 140 characters at a time. Gaby Hinsliff reports on how Twitter is fuelling a political race to the bottom