I love writing about what I love. Journalist. Always curious. Israeli born, London based. Father, Husband, and a dog person. Travel too much, sleep too little.

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Recent studies highlight the good, the bad, and the ugly

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Photo by Tracy Le Blanc from Pexels

The Good

In times of social distancing and isolation, we are never truly alone. Social media has allowed people to connect although being physically apart. Since the pandemic began, and especially since lockdown measures were introduced, social media consumption grew drastically. According to a survey done by GlobalWebIndex, 57% of internet users in the US and UK said that social media made them feel less lonely during the lockdown. We are video-chatting more, messaging more, and virtually interacting more via social platforms.

The pandemic period has also changed one of the major issues social media platforms were facing in recent years. 42% of social media users said that they have been experiencing less pressure to portray an unrealistic image of their lives on social media during the pandemic. Social media allowed momentary escapism with “virtual happy hours”. In these challenging times, people shared their struggles and found comfort in others who are facing the same obstacles and hardships. Dozens of Covid-19 long hauler Facebook groups gave solace to thousands who initially couldn’t find answers with doctors and helped each other. …


A smaller package is not all that it seems

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Photo by Neil Soni on Unsplash

At the end of yet another impressive iPhone release video, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook is seen walking towards the camera. “At Apple”, he says, “We put the user at the center of everything we do”. Well, Tim (may I call you Tim?), I’m not so sure it’s true.

Let me start off by saying I’m an Apple fanboy. I love the company’s story, I love what it represents, I love its products and design. …


My unusual meeting with a very unusual man

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Morten Storm, known then as Murad, while a member of Al-Qaeda. Photo: Morten Storm

I met Morten Storm in a small British village. The hotel details were given to me a few hours prior, and I was asked to make sure no one will know any specific details about the location. It was 2015, and Storm was still walking around with a big, bold, “X” mark on his back. Al-Qaeda wanted him dead, and he was also warned that some western intelligence agencies have put him on their “hit-lists” as well.

After making ourselves comfortable, and after a bit of small-talk, I asked him what would have happened if we would go back a few years and he found himself sitting next to a man like me, a Jew and an Israeli. …

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