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One-third of Americans use news sources they consider less reliable
One-third of Americans rely on news platforms they acknowledge are less reliable, mainly social media and peers. (2019-12-10)
New tool to assess digital addiction in children
A new study developed and validated a tool for assessing children's overall addiction to digital devices. (2019-12-09)
Finding support outside the clinic -- the intersection of instagram and miscarriage
An interdisciplinary team of researchers explore how women use the platform to talk openly about the emotional distress of a miscarriage and how social media can inform patient care. (2019-12-09)
Social media use and disordered eating in young adolescents
New research published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders suggests that social media, particularly platforms with a strong focus on image posting and viewing, is associated with disordered eating in young adolescents. (2019-12-04)
Teens must 'get smart' about social media
New research indicates that social media is leading young adolescent girls and boys down a worrying path towards developing body image issues and eating disorder behaviours - even though they are smartphone savvy. (2019-12-04)
Fake news feels less immoral to share when we've seen it before
People who repeatedly encounter a fake news item may feel less and less unethical about sharing it on social media, even when they don't believe the information, research indicates. (2019-12-03)
Social media could be a force for good in tackling depression but for privacy concerns
Social media has been identified by a number of studies as being a significant factor in mental health problems, especially in young people. (2019-12-03)
Social influencers: What can we learn from animals?
Research from Oxford University calls us to reconsider how behaviors may spread through societies of wild animals, and how this might provide new insights into human social networks. (2019-12-03)
The neurobiological basis of gender dysphoria
A new theory of gender dysphoria argues the symptoms of the condition are due to changes in network activity, rather than incorrect brain sex, according to work recently published in eNeuro. (2019-12-02)
Why stress doesn't always cause depression
Rats susceptible to anhedonia, a core symptom of depression, possess more serotonin neurons after being exposed to chronic stress, but the effect can be reversed through amygdala activation, according to new research in JNeurosci. (2019-12-02)
Whales stop being socialites when boats are about
The noise and presence of boats can harm humpback whales' ability to communicate and socialise, in some cases reducing their communication range by a factor of four. (2019-11-28)
A method with roots in AI uncovers how humans make choices in groups and social media
Using a mathematical framework with roots in artificial intelligence and robotics, UW researchers were able to uncover the process for how a person makes choices in groups. (2019-11-27)
High levels of screen use associated with symptoms of anxiety in adolescence
High levels of social media use, television viewing and computer use are associated with symptoms of anxiety in adolescence. (2019-11-26)
New technology makes internet memes accessible for people with visual impairments
People with visual impairments use social media like everyone else, often with the help of screen reader software. (2019-11-26)
Is cyberbullying common among adults?
A new nationwide study examined the prevalence of negative behaviors that occur via digital communication, encompassing a broad definition of cyberbullying that includes both cyber-aggression and cyberbullying. (2019-11-25)
Income inequality fuels status anxiety and sexualisation, research shows
Researchers at the universities of Melbourne and New South Wales have examined the relationship between income inequality, status anxiety and sexualisation of women. (2019-11-25)
Pro-meat campaign may have turned some social media users against planetary health diet
In the months following the launch of a major health report, tweets attacking its findings surpassed balanced communications from research institutions, media and others. (2019-11-25)
Changing experiences of the natural world
Digital innovations have the potential to bring people closer to nature, to help ensure there is the necessary strong public support for conservation measures. (2019-11-22)
How the brain decides to punish or not
Oksana Zinchenko, Research Fellow at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, HSE University, has conducted meta-analysis of 17 articles to find out which areas of the brain are involved decision-making for rendering social punishment. (2019-11-22)
Survey: Most teenagers in legalized states see marijuana marketing on social media
Despite restrictions on paid advertising cannabis on social media, most teenagers reported seeing marijuana marketing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, according to a public health study authored by University of Massachusetts Amherst injury prevention researcher Jennifer Whitehill. (2019-11-21)
Study: Young children can learn math skills from intelligent virtual characters
A new study examined whether young children's verbal engagement with an onscreen interactive media character could boost their math skills. (2019-11-20)
70% of teens surveyed engaged with food and beverage brands on social media in 2017
70% of teens surveyed report engaging with food and beverage brands on social media and 35 percent engaged with at least five brands, according to a new study from the UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. (2019-11-20)
Trying to help parents decide to vaccinate kids against HPV? Consider storytelling
Health campaigns on social media aimed at increasing human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination may see greater success, according to Drexel University researchers, if they inject a narrative into information-based posts. (2019-11-19)
Effects of HIV self-tests on testing, diagnosis
A 12-month randomized clinical trial used internet recruitment of men who have sex with men to evaluate the effects of providing self-tests for HIV to increase HIV testing and diagnosis among the men and people in their social networks. (2019-11-18)
Platforms can't settle on 'appropriate' engagement-boosting practices
Researchers at Rutgers University say more consistent standards are needed for advertisers, journalists, influencers and marketers seeking to boost their visibility on platforms such as Google, Facebook and Instagram. (2019-11-18)
Relevant social stimuli may reduce interest in drugs
Researchers of the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Malaga (UMA), specialized in addictive disorders, have demonstrated in an animal model that the presence of a relevant social stimulus reduces interest in cocaine. (2019-11-15)
Study shows digital media has damaging impact on reintegration of 'white collar' criminals
Offenders convicted of occupational crime and corruption are having their rehabilitation negatively affected by long term 'labels' attached to them on digital media, according to new research by the University of Portsmouth. (2019-11-15)
Inoculating against the spread of viral misinformation
In the first study of public health-related Facebook advertising, newly published in the journal Vaccine, researchers at the University of Maryland, the George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University show that a small group of anti-vaccine ad buyers has successfully leveraged Facebook to reach targeted audiences and that the social media platform's efforts to improve transparency have actually led to the removal of ads promoting vaccination and communicating scientific findings. (2019-11-14)
Sociable crows are healthier -- new research
A new study has found that crows living in large social groups are healthier than crows that have fewer social interactions. (2019-11-14)
Teaching group work to students with autism
Communication skills and group work could be taught alongside regular curricula and a structured protocol, which promotes communication, can go a long way to help children with ASD to socialize with their peers, thereby aiding their development. (2019-11-13)
Capacity to address patient social needs affects primary care clinician burnout
Clinicians noted the importance of social needs interventions being timely, accessible and tailored to each individual patient, while being responsive to patient feedback. (2019-11-12)
Quitting Facebook could boost exam results
In research that validates what many parents and educators suspect, students whose grades are below average could boost their exam results if they devoted less time to Facebook and other social networking sites. (2019-11-11)
Putting a conservation finger on the internet's pulse
Social media is a rich vein of data for researchers to discover important trends in human environmental behaviour. (2019-11-11)
Social media alternative facts on food allergies can negatively impact medical decisions
Social media misinformation has a negative impact on medical decisions made by people with food allergies. (2019-11-08)
New Jersey researchers study social communication in pediatric traumatic brain injury
'These findings support our hypothesis that children with TBI who have problems with social communication also have problems with social cognition and social functioning,' said Dr. (2019-11-08)
Older adults find greater well-being in smaller social networks, study finds
Are younger adults who cultivate numerous connections with friends, families and acquaintances through online social networks any happier than older adults who have smaller circles of face-to-face relationships? (2019-11-07)
'Crowd-diagnosis' thousands seek out diagnoses from strangers on social media
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds the public is increasingly turning to strangers on social media to obtain a 'crowd-diagnosis' for STDs, even posting pictures of their symptoms and sometimes to overrule a doctor's diagnosis. (2019-11-05)
STD crowd-diagnosis requests on social media
Online postings seeking information on sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) on the social media website Reddit were analyzed to see how often requests were made for a crowd-diagnosis and whether the requested diagnosis was for a second opinion after seeing a health care professional. (2019-11-05)
'Fake news' isn't easy to spot on Facebook, according to new study
With the presidential election season moving into high gear, campaign messaging will soon begin increasing dramatically. (2019-11-05)
Anger, anxiety, insomnia: Tweets from Twitter users could predict loneliness
A team of researchers determined what topics and themes could be used to detect loneliness on social media by analyzing accounts that explicitly tweeted about it. (2019-11-04)
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