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Use of primate 'actors' misleading millions of viewers

18 Jan 08:40 | World

More needs to be done to educate audiences, including viewers at home and filmmakers, on the unethical nature of using primates in the film industry, says a leading expert in a new more »

Declining trust in facts, institutions imposes real-world costs on US society, report finds

16 Jan 17:07 | U.S. News

Americans' reliance on facts to discuss public issues has declined significantly in the past two decades, leading to political paralysis and collapse of civil discourse, according to a RAND Corporation report. read more »

Twitter, Trump and sexual assault: A call to men for action

8 Jan 15:23 | U.S. News

The social media backlash against sexual assault not only gives victims a collective outlet for disclosure, but also serves as a powerful tool to urge boys and men to condemn violence against women, finds a first-of-its-kind study by Michigan State University scholars. read more »

The CSI effect: Viewing TV crime shows does not make better criminals

5 Jan 2018 | U.S. News

Does watching the work of fictional forensic investigators on TV influence viewers? There is a belief that this is the case and that the consequences of people watching shows such as the American crime drama television series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" are filtering through into real life, a phenomenon that has been called the CSI effect. read more »

Could a new app help cure loneliness?

21 Dec 2017 | World

Researchers from Lancaster University are exploring whether technology could be the key to tackling the UK's loneliness epidemic by better connecting older adults with their more »

Fake social media accounts can be hazardous to your health

21 Dec 2017 | U.S. News

Fake social media accounts already have a reputation of swaying political discourse, but a Keck School of Medicine of USC researcher says these automated accounts are even more dangerous -- they can be bad for your more »

How great is the influence and risk of social and political 'bots?'

20 Dec 2017 | U.S. News

The role and risks of bots, such as automated Twitter accounts, in influencing public opinion and political elections continues to provoke intense international debate and controversy. read more »

How do you spot a Russian bot?

18 Dec 2017 | U.S. News

A team of researchers has isolated the characteristics of bots on Twitter through an examination of bot activity related to Russian political more »

Music streaming sites benefit indie singers at the expense of top 100 artists

18 Dec 2017 | U.S. News

While free or low cost music streaming sources like Spotify decrease the use of paid music platforms, such as iTunes, a new study shows they significantly increase exposure for and access to lesser known or indie artists that fall outside the top 100 or even top 500 listings. read more »

Children's screen-time guidelines too restrictive, according to new research

14 Dec 2017 | World

New Oxford University research suggests that existing guidance managing children's digital media time may not be as beneficial as first more »

The View of PUBG from Lagland

14 Dec 2017 | Entertainment

The trouble with a lot of video game reviewers is they have all the latest most powerful computers and Internet connections and their expectations are very high. So it was with the Xbox release of “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” on Xbox One this week. Some critics are panning more »

Pokémon Go could help people who struggle socially

13 Dec 2017 | World

Video games may have a reputation for attracting introverts, but when it comes to augmented reality games like Pokémon Go, extroverts tend to be better more »

Screen time before bed linked with less sleep, higher BMIs in kids

13 Dec 2017 | U.S. News

It may be tempting to let your kids stay up late playing games on their smartphones, but using digital devices before bed may contribute to sleep and nutrition problems in children, according to Penn State College of Medicine more »

Lack of sleep could cause mood disorders in teens

6 Dec 2017 | U.S. News

Chronic sleep deprivation--which can involve staying up late, and waking up early for work or school--has become a way of life for both kids and adults, especially with the increasing use of phones and tablets late into the night. But this social jet lag poses some serious health and mental health more »

Smartphone addiction creates imbalance in brain

4 Dec 2017 | U.S. News

Researchers have found an imbalance in the brain chemistry of young people addicted to smartphones and the internet, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).read more »

Kids and screen time: Signs your child might be addicted

4 Dec 2017 | U.S. News

It's a familiar sight in the majority of young families: young children bent over a screen for hours, texting or gaming, lost in a digital world. Many parents worry, how much screen time is too much?read more »

Researchers find link between excessive screen time and suicide risk

1 Dec 2017 | U.S. News

New research presents compelling evidence that the more time teenagers spend on smartphones and other electronic screens, the more likely they are to feel depressed and think about, or attempt, suicide. read more »

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

13 Nov 2017 | 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 more »

Small news outlets have big impact on public discourse

10 Nov 2017 | 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 2017 | 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 »