Author: Cathleen Cusachs

Cathleen is a '22 MA Emerging Media student at Boston University and Graduate Assistant at the Center for Mobile Communication Studies. Before coming to BU, she worked in the journalism industry doing audience development and social media strategy. She has a BS in Journalism from Emerson College.

New study sheds light on remote learning experiences at Boston University’s College of Communication

Zoom classes as a replacement for in-person learning: Student opinion survey exploring online education attitudes and experiences during the Covid pandemic Abstract As the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States in Spring 2020, many universities moved their course work to remote learning, i.e., online. To better understand students’ opinions about remote learning and satisfaction with […]

The “Truth” About Social Media’s Impact

By Cathleen Cusachs Everyone seems to have an opinion on social media platforms and their effects on our society. But, what is the truth? The New Yorker tried to tackle this question by reviewing research on all sides of the opinionated coin. Their conclusion is inclusive; no one seems to know. “We’re years into this, […]

Defining and Discussing “Super Apps”

By Cathleen Cusachs What if we could open one phone app and access messages, social media feeds, food delivery, rideshare services, and even our bank? China’s WeChat, a “super app,” does all this and more. Super apps include functions across a wide spread of daily life. Alex Heath from The Verge predicts their rise is […]

Smartwatches and Your Health

By Cathleen Cusachs Smartwatches seem to be getting more and more popular each year. The devices track data, some of which can be used to monitor the user’s health. The Verge talked to some healthcare experts to learn how. Apple, Fitbit, Withings, and Samsung all have programs for their smartwatches that can detect irregular heart […]

Some of the iPhone 13’s Innovations

by Cathleen Cusachs Apple launched the iPhone 13 series on September 24. Though some have criticized its design as being stagnant, there are a few important innovations worth highlighting. Apple’s iPhone features often set precedents in mobile communication technology. For starters, the storage capacities have basically doubled. The minimum, once 64GB, is now 128GB. Other […]

Making Mobile Communication Accessible

By Cathleen Cusachs Designing mobile-friendly websites or social media posts to be accessible is an important part of the process. According to the CDC, one in four U.S. adults live with a disability. This is equivalent to about 61 million people. If messaging is not accessible, its reach is limited. Here are some basic tips […]

Smartphones Becoming Fashion

By Cathleen Cusachs In recent years, people with flip phones were not typically considered very fashion-forward. But now, Samsung is trying to change that. Their Galaxy Z Flip 3 is a smartphone that folds in half, much like the mobile devices of the early 2000s. Apple has been establishing their iPhones as trendy must-haves for […]

The Mysterious Industry of Phone Location Data

By Cathleen Cusachs Do you know who has access to your phone’s location data history? The Markup investigated this question recently, identifying 47 companies that work in this space. They shed some light into the harvesting, selling, and trading industry ecosystem. “There isn’t a lot of transparency and there is a really, really complex shadowy […]

Instagram and Teen Mental Health

By Cathleen Cusachs On September 14th, the Wall Street Journal published internal Facebook research on Instagram’s effects on teen mental health. The documents revealed serious dangers, with teenage girls being the most harmed. According to the Wall Street Journal’s report, Facebook conducted thorough research into teen mental health over the last three years. This deep […]