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

20 Sep 17:18 | 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 12:13 | 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 more »

The Analytics Behind Finding True Love With Online Dating

13 Sep 12:07 | 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 »

New Study Reveals Why People Pay For News And What It Means For Future Of Journalism

4 May 2017 | Entertainment

Slightly more than half of all U.S. adults pay for news, with roughly half of those subscribing to a newspaper, according to a study conducted by the Media Insight Project. read more »

Fake News And Filters Aren't Fooling Internet Users

4 May 2017 | U.S. News

Despite what some politicians argue, fake news and biased search algorithms aren't swaying public opinion, finds a Michigan State University more »

In 'Post Truth' Era, Leaders Must Defend Objective, Independent Media

4 May 2017 | World

In a “post-truth” world with “fake news” on the rise, and media accountability and credibility falling under question, free, independent and professional journalism has never been more important, the United Nations more »

People Could Be Genetically Predisposed To Social Media Use

3 May 2017 | SciTech

It's easy to think in terms of linking genetics to behavior in simple ways. Are you calm or do you have a temper? Are you creative or analytical? Are you sociable or shy? But can heritable traits actually influence a person to frequently use social media? read more »

Facebook Likes Don't Make You Feel Better

3 May 2017 | Entertainment

Receiving 'likes' on social media posts doesn't make people feel better about themselves or improve their mood if they are more »

Paying Online Community Members To Write Product Reviews Backfires Badly

2 May 2017 | Entertainment

Paying users to write online reviews suppresses the number of reviews on social platforms, especially among those users who are socially well-connected and likely to be more influential, a study has more »

Researcher Says Customized Content On Political Websites Hurts Democracy

27 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

Having it your way on political websites and seeing only the content that aligns with your beliefs is not good for democracy, according to Ivan Dylko, an assistant professor in the University at Buffalo's Department of Communication and an expert in the political effects of communication more »

Snapchat & Instagram Most Popular Social Media Platforms Among American Teens

24 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

A new nationally representative survey of American teenagers age 13-17 finds that teens have shifted their favored social media platforms and are now most likely to use Instagram and Snapchat. read more »

Social Networks An Ideal Stage For Narcissists To Showcase Themselves

19 Apr 2017 | Entertainment

(Newsroom America) -- Social networks are an ideal stage for narcissists to showcase themselves. Accordingly, a lot of people with narcissistic traits are drawn to these platforms as a new study conducted by psychologists from Würzburg and Bamberg more »

When It Comes To Your Profile Picture, Let A Stranger Do The Choosing

17 Apr 2017 | Entertainment

When trying to pick the most flattering pictures for online profiles, it may be best to let a stranger do the choosing, a study more »

Study Of Sleep Apps Finds Room For Improvement

14 Apr 2017 | SciTech

An analysis of 35 popular phone-based sleep apps finds that while most help users set sleep-related goals and track and manage their sleep, few make use of other methods known to help the chronically more »

Study Finds Pokemon Go Players Are Happier, Friendlier

13 Apr 2017 | Entertainment

Pokemon Go people are happy people. That's the finding of media researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison who leapt to study the wildly popular mobile game shortly after its release in July more »