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Risks for blood clot in a vein may rise with increased TV viewing

13 Nov 17:03 | U.S. News

Risk of blood clots increases with the amount of time spent watching television, even if people get the recommended amount of physical activity, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2017.read more »

Small news outlets have big impact on public discourse

10 Nov 10:00 | U.S. News

If three small news outlets wrote about a topic such as jobs, the environment or immigration, discussion of that topic rose notably across social media, a new large-scale study reports, and public opinion on the topic could be swayed several percentage points in the stories' ideological directions. read more »

Journalism under fire amid rise of ‘fake news’ and social media-driven echo chambers

7 Nov 17:08 | World

The media industry, which remains the primary source of news and information in the digital age, faces both vast opportunities and steep challenges, UNESCO said in its flagship analysis of new trends in media freedom, pluralism, independence and the safety of journalists.read more »

Youth uniquely vulnerable to sleep disruption from screens

3 Nov 2017 | U.S. News

With their brains, sleep patterns, and eyes still developing, children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the sleep-disrupting effects of screen time, according to a sweeping review of the literature.read more »

Social media data use needs tighter research controls, experts say

2 Nov 2017 | U.S. News

Information shared on social media is being regularly used in research projects without users' consent, a study suggests.read more »

Information re-sharing on social network sites in the age of fake news

26 Oct 2017 | U.S. News

New research has found because people want to react and fill in the blanks during extreme events such as shootings, they tend to spread information rapidly no matter whether or not the news is true or false and the source is trustworthy or not.read more »

Machine learning detects marketing and sale of opioids on Twitter

26 Oct 2017 | U.S. News

Using advanced machine learning, a cross disciplinary team of University of California San Diego researchers developed technology that mined Twitter to identify entities illegally selling prescription opioids online. read more »

Despite mobile options and cord-cutting, sports fans still turn on the TV

19 Oct 2017 | U.S. News

Despite the growth of mobile technology and viewing options, when sports fans want to watch a game, they turn to traditional live TV, according to results of a UMass Lowell-Washington Post poll.read more »

Study examines what types of searches click for car buyers

18 Oct 2017 | U.S. News

A new study from The University of Texas at Dallas examines how consumers allocated their time when searching offline and on the internet as they shopped for a new automobile, and what the outcomes were for price satisfaction.read more »

For $1,000, anyone can purchase online ads to track your location and app use

18 Oct 2017 | U.S. News

Privacy concerns have long swirled around how much information online advertising networks collect about people's browsing, buying and social media habits -- typically to sell you something.read more »

Gamers Have An Advantage In Learning

2 Oct 2017 | World

Neuropsychologists of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum let video gamers compete against non-gamers in a learning competition. During the test, the video gamers performed significantly better and showed an increased brain activity in the brain areas that are relevant for learning. read more »

Are Children Who See Movie Characters Use Guns More Likely To Use Them?

27 Sep 2017 | U.S. News

Children who watched a PG-rated movie clip containing guns played with a disabled real gun longer and pulled the trigger more often than children who saw the same movie not containing guns, according to the results of a randomized experimentread more »

Reliance On 'Gut Feelings' Linked To Belief In Fake News

20 Sep 2017 | World

People who tend to trust their intuition or to believe that the facts they hear are politically biased are more likely to stand behind inaccurate beliefs, a new study suggests. read more »

Political Polarization? Don't Blame The Web, Brown Study Says

20 Sep 2017 | U.S. News

Despite the popular narrative that the web is to blame for rising political polarization, a study by a Brown University economist has found that recent growth in polarization is greatest for demographic groups in which individuals are least likely to use the internet and social media.read more »

The Analytics Behind Finding True Love With Online Dating

13 Sep 2017 | U.S. News

Looking for love online? You are not alone. Nearly 50 percent of the American public knows someone who has used an online dating site and 5 percent of Americans who are married or in committed relationships today met their significant other online. read more »

Listening To Happy Music May Enhance Divergent Creativity

8 Sep 2017 | World

Listening to happy music may help generate more, innovative solutions compared to listening to silence, according to a studyread more »

Twitter 'An Unreliable Witness To The World's Emotions'

8 Sep 2017 | U.S. News

Twitter is an unreliable witness to the world's emotions, according to University of Warwick sociology expert Dr Eric Jensen. read more »

Why Many Russians Have Gladly Agreed To Online Censorship

7 Sep 2017 | World

The Russian government has persuaded many of its citizens to avoid websites and social media platforms that are critical of the government, a new study has found.read more »

Viewers who tweet during presidential debates learn more about political issues

25 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

A team of researchers have found evidence that social media engagement--or social watching-- during last year's presidential debates produced beneficial effects for those engaged on Twitter while watching the debates on TV. read more »

Older users like to snoop on Facebook, but worried others might snoop on them

18 Aug 2017 | World

Older adults are drawn to Facebook so they can check out pictures and updates from family and friends, but may resist using the site because they are worried about who will see their own content, according to a team of researchers.read more »

Trying to resist the urge to splurge? Ditch the smartphone

17 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

You are more likely to indulge in guilty pleasures when shopping online with a touchscreen versus a desktop computer, according to research from UBC's Okanagan campus.read more »

How Secure Are Your Messages?

11 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

Researchers at Brigham Young University have learned that most users of popular messaging apps Facebook Messenger, What'sApp and Viber are leaving themselves exposed to fraud or other hacking because they don't know about or aren't using important security options.read more »

When You're Blue, So Are Your Instagram Photos

9 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

When you're feeling blue, your photos turn bluer too. And more gray and dark as well, with fewer faces shown. In other words, just like people can signal their sadness by body language and behavior -- think deep sighs and slumped shoulders -- depression reveals itself in social media images.read more »

Booty, Booby And Nitwit: Academics Reveal Funniest Words

4 Aug 2017 | World

Booty, booby and nitwit are officially some of the funniest words in the English language, according to new peer-reviewed research by the University of Warwick.read more »

Statistics Proves Twitter A Powerful Tool In Forecasting Crime

4 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

Although most people don't broadcast in advance their intention to engage in criminal activity, University of Virginia Assistant Professor of Systems and Engineering Information Matthew Gerber has discovered that the use of Twitter can help predict crime. read more »

Celebrity Twitter Accounts Display 'Bot-Like' Behavior

2 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

'Celebrity' Twitter accounts - those with more than 10 million followers - display more bot-like behavior than users with fewer followers, according to new research.read more »

Artificial Light From Digital Devices Lessens Sleep Quality

31 Jul 2017 | U.S. News

There's no doubt we love our digital devices at all hours, including after the sun goes down. A new study has found that blue light emitted from those devices could contribute to the high prevalence of reported sleep dysfunction.read more »

Using Tweets To Decrypt The Personality Of Powerful People

28 Jul 2017 | U.S. News

ery successful entrepreneurs and CEO's are often regarded as superstars in modern society because they generate jobs, introduce groundbreaking innovations, and thus change the world.read more »

What Do Trump's Tweets Say About His Personality?

26 Jul 2017 | U.S. News

The Twitter messages of Donald J. Trump, the entrepreneurial businessman turned US president, show that he is creative, competitive and a rule-breaker, but also has neurotic tendencies.read more »

Customer Satisfaction Rises for Twitter, Falls for Internet News and Search Engines

26 Jul 2017 | U.S. News

Customer satisfaction with e-business is down 0.8 percent to 74.3 on a 100-point scale, according to the latest results of the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). read more »

Social Media: Simplifying Surveillance

24 Jul 2017 | SciTech

The controversial Snap Map app enables Snapchat users to track their friends. This is the latest in a series of monitoring tools to be built on social media platforms. A new study assesses the benefits and risks associated with their use.read more »

The Number Of Illustrations In Storybooks Influences Children's Word Learning

14 Jul 2017 | SciTech

New research shows that the number of illustrations presented in a storybook can influence preschool children's ability to learn words from shared reading.read more »

Brain Training No Better Than Video Games At Improving Brain Function

11 Jul 2017 | U.S. News

The commercial brain-training program Lumosity has no effect on decision-making or brain activity in young adults, according to a randomized, controlled trial published in The Journal of Neuroscience.read more »

Are We Still jealous? Infidelity In The Age Of Social Media

7 Jul 2017 | Entertainment

When men and women find social media messages indicating that their partner has been cheating on them, they show the same type of jealousy behaviour as finding offline evidence that their partner has been unfaithful. read more »

Tobacco Use On the Big & Small Screens Is A Public Health Concern

7 Jul 2017 | Entertainment

A new report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) analyzing smoking in top-grossing movies finds that one in four youth-rated movies continue to include tobacco imagery and the decline in the number of movies with smoking has stalled.read more »

Tech Giants Sign Agreement To Counter Terrorism Online

29 Jun 2017 | World

The UN has signed a partnership initiative with tech giants Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube to counter terrorism and violent extremism online. read more »

Tech Company Video Ads Still Dominated By White Males

28 Jun 2017 | Business

Consumer tech companies that are serious about attracting more women and people from minority groups into their workforce might want to revisit the video advertisements featured on their websites. read more »

Study Identifies Most Popular Selfies For Men And Women, Age Groups

22 Jun 2017 | Entertainment

When it comes to selfies, appearance is (almost) everything. To better understand the photographic phenomenon and how people form their identities online, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers combed through 2.5 million selfie posts on Instagram to determine what kinds of identity statements people make by taking and sharing selfies.read more »

Research Finds CEOs Who Appear On CNBC Can See Their Pay Rise Over $200,000 Per Year

14 Jun 2017 | U.S. News

New research that examined 4,452 CEOs from 2,666 U.S. firms, as well as 104,129 news articles and 6,567 CNBC interviews, found that CEOs who appeared in CNBC interviews could expect their compensation to increase by $210,239 on average, notwithstanding firm performance and other mitigating factors.read more »

Your Smile Gives You Away

12 Jun 2017 | SciTech

Smile and the whole world smiles with you? Well, not necessarily. In a winning scenario, smiling can decrease your odds of success against the same opponent in subsequent matches, according to new research.read more »

What motivates parents to protect children from cell phone addiction?

6 Jun 2017 | SciTech

A new study examined the role parental mediation can play in protecting children from the potential negative effects of smartphone use, comparing the perceived risk and different types of mediation and parenting styles. read more »

Twitter Is The Prime Social Media Network For World Leaders

1 Jun 2017 | World

Pope Francis is the most followed world leader on Twitter with a combined total of 33,716,301 followers on his nine language accounts, ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump with 30,133,036 followers.read more »

Can Parents' Tech Obsessions Contribute To A Child's Bad Behavior?

25 May 2017 | Entertainment

Fatigue. Hunger. Boredom. Those are often on the list of reasons parents mention if their child whines, has tantrums or acts out. Researchers are now asking if such negative behaviors could be related to something else: parents spending too much time on their smartphones or tablets.read more »

Facebook Introduces Personal Fundraisers

25 May 2017 | U.S. News

Facebook is giving people another way to mobilize around causes they care about by introducing personal fundraisers to everyone over 18 in the US.read more »

Toy Unboxing Lucrative But Sensitive

22 May 2017 | Entertainment

The global social media phenomenon of toy unboxing is causing concern for parents and other child welfare advocates. Now new research recommends regulation to address it.read more »

Study Finds Consumers See Much Greater Risk Than Reward In Online Ads

19 May 2017 | U.S. News

Personalized ads now follow us around the web, their content drawn from tracking our online activity. The ad industry has suggested we're OK with it - that we see benefits roughly equal to perceived risks. A new study says otherwise.read more »

Men Sing About Dating And Sex More Often Than Women

18 May 2017 | Entertainment

A new analysis of popular song lyrics from 1960 through 2008 reveals that men sing about both romantic love and sex more often than women. However, female artists sing about romantic love in a higher percentage of their songs.read more »

TV Accentuates Traditional Women's Roles At Expense Of Their Needs

15 May 2017 | U.S. News

College women who frequently watch television or who believe that the content is real, tend to endorse the gender roles that are portrayed often on TV, says a University of Michigan researcher.read more »

Can Seeing The Facebook Logo Make You Crave Social Media?

10 May 2017 | Media

new study examined how social media cues such as the Facebook logo may affect frequent and less frequent social media users differently, sparking spontaneous hedonic reactions that make it difficult to resist social media cravings. read more »

Handheld Screen Time Linked With Speech Delays In Young Children

5 May 2017 | SciTech

As the number of smart phones, tablets, electronic games and other handheld screens in U.S. homes continues to grow, some children begin using these devices before beginning to talk. New research suggests these children may be at higher risk for speech delays. read more »

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