Tatum Hunter

San Francisco

Consumer technology reporter based in San Francisco

Education: Xavier University, BA in economics

Tatum Hunter writes about personal technology and its impact for The Washington Post. She comes from Built In, where she was an associate editor covering software and the tech workforce. She reported on such topics as ethics in open-source developer communities, shifting attitudes toward some popular software-development methods and tricky tech concepts employees encounter at work.
Latest from Tatum Hunter

Texting do’s and don’t’s for 2024

The unspoken texting rules you should know from response time to group chat etiquette.

January 19, 2024

Instagram’s new teen safety features still fall short, critics say

Instagram will further limit what teens can see on the app by hiding ‘sensitive content’ even if it’s posted by friends.

January 10, 2024

    Help loved ones choose legacy contacts

    How to toggle the settings on a phone or computer so that your loved ones can choose who gets control over their account when they die.

    December 22, 2023

    On the tech days of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Legacy contacts

    Setting up legacy contacts to take over accounts after the owner dies is an essential part of modern estate planning.

    December 22, 2023

    In nursing homes, VR is a hit. Is that a good thing?

    VR programs are popping up in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities across the country, with claims the tech helps with mood, memory loss and loneliness.

    December 21, 2023

    We spent a year talking to lonely people. Here’s what we learned.

    We spent 2023 asking psychology experts, tech companies and users: What’s the relationship between tech use, especially social media, and loneliness?

    December 19, 2023

    For the lonely, tech offers friendship – at a price

    The messages we get about tech and loneliness are more garbled than ever. Whether social media is a highway to connection or a harmful distraction depends on who’s talking.

    December 18, 2023

    TikTok’s ‘aging’ filters bring us face-to-face with mortality

    TikTok filters such as “time travel” and “aged” are bringing us face-to-face with our future selves. Here’s how to use the effects and how people are reacting.

    December 6, 2023

    The new dating app etiquette

    Want to snag a partner? Treat them kindly right from the start.

    November 27, 2023

    Who is Emmett Shear, the new CEO of OpenAI?

    The former head of Twitch, a popular streaming platform, hasn’t led an artificial intelligence firm, and now he’s tasked with stabilizing a prominent one.

    November 20, 2023