The trouble with the tapback: No one agrees what they actually mean

They are instruments of chaos.Image: Vicky Leta / Mashable In September 2016, Apple released iOS 10. With it came the iMessage Tapback, the convenient and highly ambiguous reaction feature that — nearly three years later — no one quite knows how to use. Tapbacks were created, one assumes, to make texting more convenient. It’s true that they’re nearly effortless to employ: Simply press on a message until you’re presented with the Tapback options — a heart, a thumbs up, a thumbs down, a HAHA, a double exclamation point, and a question mark — and pick the one you want. Easy, right? You didn’t even have to type anything! Here’s the trouble, though. There’s no practical consensus on what, exactly, Tapbacks are supposed …

How much water do you really need?

Have you ever had that devastating experience where someone asks you what you’ve been up to, then the light rapidly leaves your eyes because you realize you’ve only been working?  If you can swing it, consider taking up a hobby. Learning an entirely new skill can be daunting. Luckily, we have the internet, which is probably the place you’re spending all your free time (assuming you have it) anyway — and which allows you to learn the basics of pretty much anything for free. Here are a few ideas. 1. Embroidery View this post on Instagram A post shared by Embroidery Instaguild (@embroidery_instaguild) on Sep 12, 2018 at 3:03pm PDT If you’re a fan of embroidery Instagram, why not take …

Burger King launches line of ‘Unhappy Meals’ in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month

Image: Sage Anderson I’m here to alert the presses that yes, people who peel their chicken nuggets before eating them actually exist. Let the “cursed food opinion” comments roll.  A photo of nude nuggets, freshly peeled, has been making the rounds on Twitter since late April, but it has recently incurred a fresh wave of delicious backlash.  We’re gonna need the police, the Sheriff, the FBI, US Marshalls, and Interpol for this one. pic.twitter.com/jzppIy8Xjy — Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) May 8, 2019 PEEL your nuggets? they shoulda never gave y’all animals to eat — Goat Rich (@VainandAble) May 8, 2019

What its like to be Pornhub’s social media manager

Pornhub Aria, the woman behind the online adult video site's social media empire.Image: Pornhub Managing a brand’s social media is tricky for anyone in 2019, and it’s even more challenging if you’re the social voice (and face) of Pornhub, the web’s most popular porn site. We spoke with Aria Nathaniel about the fine line she walks at the office each day. Boasting a whopping 6 million followers on Instagram and 1.25 million on Twitter, Pornhub has amassed extensive reach on social media channels. By riffing on memes, trends, and current events — and interacting with readers — Pornhub stays relevant and continues to build an engaged community. Most of that work is done by one woman — Pornhub’s social media …

These warming ‘space pants’ use technology to help people with chronic pain Future Blink

Image: James Devaney/GC Images/Getty Images Justin Bieber has stopped crying in public long enough to announce his soon-to-be parenthood. Don’t get your hopes up – it was a terrible prank. The singer conveniently revealed his wife Hailey Baldwin’s pregnancy on April Fools’ Day, posting a sonogram dated  Feb. 2. The screenshot lists 8.3 cm, which is right in the ballpark for a three-month-old fetus, according to the Cleveland Clinic. This is one of the first indications the that the photo was likely a prank.  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on Apr 1, 2019 at 1:02pm PDT It’s worth noting that the ultrasound Bieber posted is literally a photo from the Wikipedia page about …

This underground New York City farm grows rare edible plants for high-end restaurants What’s in the Basement?

Image: Getty Images Where is everyone on Instagram getting these gorgeous plants? Even if you denounce influencer culture, you have to admit that the social validation of a good selfie is intoxicating. Whether you posed in front of the bright pink wall in West Hollywood or embraced your heavenly side with angel wing murals scattered across the United States, the backdrop makes the photo. But if you want to add some depth to your posts (and quality to your life) look into houseplants. Not only do houseplants add color to your photos, but they’ll also improve your life outside of your online presence. SEE ALSO: Helpful mom takes her plant sitting duties VERY seriously A study from NASA concluded that …

Casey Neistat says he’s leaving social media, sort of

YouTuber Casey Neistat says he’s done with social media… on his phone at least. “I have a bonafide, proper, no sarcasm, proper addiction to social media,” Neistat said in his most recent video. “I can’t have a conversation, I can’t sit through a movie … I can’t drive my car more than a couple of blocks without thumbing through social media.”  Calling out his own “mindless scrolling,” Neistat said he’s been losing time and health while getting stressed out over Instagram and Twitter.   When Neistat’s youngest daughter Georgie was born, he took a week-long break from social media to make sure he was “appreciating” his new baby.  “It’s hard to articulate the impact it had on me,” he said …

10 weird food combinations people swear by

Image: Getty Images / iStockphoto / Chalabala There’s a new viral challenge spreading across social media, and it’s making the world a cleaner place. The “Trashtag Challenge” is inspiring people on Twitter, Instagram, and Reddit to take a walk outside and clean up any litter they stumble upon. To participate in the challenge, simply seek out a litter-filled area or overflowing trashcan, clean it up, and share before and after photos online using the hashtag #trashtag. It’s incredibly wholesome. SEE ALSO: One overlooked way we can significantly improve our mental health: more nature The hashtag has been around for years, and in 2015 UCO, a company that makes gear for camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities, even started the #TrashTag …

Snapchat celebrates Black History Month with virtual museum

Image: Mashable Composite/Dr. Bronner’s Whether it’s Lil Debbie shilling out relationship advice or Sunny D igniting a conversation about depression, contemporary brand Twitter can be a depressing and dark place.  Nothing feels more cynical than when a brand appropriates the standardized millennial voice — ironic, detached, dejected — and uses it to hock their emulsified meat products and drinkable corn syrups. There’s no commitment to justice here, there’s just marketing. So I’d love to call for a mass ban of corporations from Twitter, with one exception: Dr. Bronner’s, one of the country’s most popular organic, fair trade soap producers. I don’t trust any multimillion dollar corporation on Twitter. I do, however, place a reasonable amount of faith in this social …