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Digital remains should be treated with the same care and respect as physical remains

18 Apr 12:00 | World

From live-streaming funerals to online memorial pages and even chat-bots that use people's social media footprints' to act as online ghosts, the digital afterlife industry (DAI) has become big business.read more »

Trust in science, news and experts is influenced by sound quality

17 Apr 17:17 | World

A new study by USC and The Australian National University shows that audio quality influences whether people believe what they hear -- and whether they trust the source of information. read more »

Motivation for using fake Instagram (Finsta) is not to reveal inappropriate self

16 Apr 14:34 | U.S. News

As Instagram is viewed as a place for building the ideal self, some users have created fake Instagram (Finsta) accounts to buck this trend. But are these "fake" accounts really there to express the real, sometimes ugly self, or is there a deeper motivation? read more »

The secret to being cool: Try smiling

13 Apr 16:26 | U.S. News

For many people, one of the unspoken rules for being cool is maintaining an emotionally inexpressive attitude. This message is reinforced through advertisements where fashion models rarely smile and by quotes from celebrities.read more »

Digital addiction increases loneliness, anxiety and depression

12 Apr 17:14 | U.S. News

Smartphones are an integral part of most people's lives, allowing us to stay connected and in-the-know at all times. The downside of that convenience is that many of us are also addicted to the constant pings, chimes, vibrations and other alerts from our devices, unable to ignore new emails, texts and images.read more »

RAND identifies new strategies for countering Russian social media

12 Apr 15:12 | World

A new RAND Corporation report finds that Russia is waging a social media campaign in the Baltics, Ukraine and nearby states to sow dissent against neighboring governments, as well as NATO and the European Union.read more »

What makes a bestseller: Fiction, thriller and a Christmas release

9 Apr 2018 | World

Books that are fiction, thrillers or mysteries, have high initial sales numbers and are released around Christmas are more likely to be bestsellers, according to a study.read more »

Amid outcry over Facebook's privacy issues, new approaches are needed to protect consumers

6 Apr 2018 | U.S. News

Facebook's current privacy crisis and questions about how Google gathers, uses and stores our personal information demonstrate an urgent need to review and replace inadequate and outdated ways to regulate data and information, according to research from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business.read more »

Want people to fund your Kickstarter project? Sell them on your reputation first

28 Mar 2018 | World

When trying to entice people to invest in your product on a crowdfunding website, potential funders are more concerned about your ethical characteristics than your actual ability to make and deliver the product, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York.read more »

Poll: Social media makes it both easier and more challenging to parent tweens

19 Mar 2018 | U.S. News

As children hit the "tween" stage between early elementary grades and the teenage years, parents may struggle balancing the need for independence with appropriate supervision, a new national poll suggests.read more »

Reality television played a key role in taking Trump from apprentice to president

7 Mar 2018 | U.S. News

There are many factors that account for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential election victory, but Americans would be doing a disservice to their understanding of the country's political system by ignoring Trump's 14-year starring role as a reality television personality, according to Shira Gabriel, an associate professor in the University at Buffalo Department of Psychology. read more »

Study shows smartphones and data centers harm the environment

5 Mar 2018 | World

Data centres and smartphones will be the most damaging information and communications technologies to the environment by 2040, according to new research from W Booth School's Lotfi Belkhir.read more »

No laughing matter, yet humor inspires climate change activism

2 Mar 2018 | U.S. News

Melting icecaps, mass flooding, megadroughts and erratic weather are no laughing matter. However, a new study shows that humor can be an effective means to inspire young people to pursue climate change activism. read more »

New survey of recent newspaper subscribers shows why people chose to pay

27 Feb 2018 | U.S. News

The decision to subscribe to a local newspaper involves a mix of motives and trigger factors that can be described by nine key "paths to subscription," according to a report released by the Media Insight Project.read more »

Researchers identify how phishing strategies may lead to success or failure

26 Feb 2018 | U.S. News

Phishing is a common social engineering attack that involves criminals impersonating a trustworthy third party to persuade people to visit fraudulent websites or download malicious attachments. But not all phishing campaigns work.read more »

The good and bad health news about your exercise posts on social media

22 Feb 2018 | U.S. News

We all have that Facebook friend -- or 10 -- who regularly posts photos of his or her fitness pursuits: on the elliptical at the gym, hiking through the wilderness, crossing a 10K finish line. read more »

Fake news 'vaccine': Online game may 'inoculate' by simulating propaganda tactics

21 Feb 2018 | World

A new online game puts players in the shoes of an aspiring propagandist to give the public a taste of the techniques and motivations behind the spread of disinformation - potentially "inoculating" them against the influence of so-called fake news in the process.read more »

Smartphones are bad for some teens, not all

21 Feb 2018 | U.S. News

Is the next generation better or worse off because of smartphones? The answer is complex and research shows it largely depends on their lives offline.read more »

Innuendo and pointing suspicion in news coverage can fuel conspiracy theories

20 Feb 2018 | World

Innuendo and hinting at fake information in news coverage is enough to fuel belief in conspiracy theories, new research shows. read more »

Illinois researchers find tweeting in cities lower than expected

20 Feb 2018 | U.S. News

Studying data from Twitter, University of Illinois researchers found that less people tweet per capita from larger cities than in smaller ones, indicating an unexpected trend that has implications in understanding urban pace of life.read more »

How #MeToo, awareness months and Facebook are helping us heal

16 Feb 2018 | World

If we have learned anything on social media in 2017 it's that everything isn't okay. Far from it. But we are finally starting to talk about it - according to researchers at Drexel University who study our relationships with social network sites.read more »

Study dispels notion social media displaces human contact

15 Feb 2018 | U.S. News

Echoing concerns that grew with the World Wide Web itself a decade earlier, the rise of social media has stoked fears of "social displacement" -- the alienation of people from friends and family in favor of Facebook and Twitter.read more »

TV's influence on pregnancy, childbirth more powerful than many women admit

15 Feb 2018 | U.S. News

Surfing through cable TV channels often results in catching a glimpse of a woman giving birth or preparing for motherhood in one of the popular pregnancy and childbirth reality shows.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 »

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 researcher.read 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 said.read 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 down.read 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 found.read 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 technology.read 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 shows.read 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 suggests.read 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 sleep-deprived.read 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 2016.read more »

Smartphone Addiction Leads To Personal, Social, Workplace Problems

13 Apr 2017 | SciTech

Excessive smartphone use leads to problems, and females are especially susceptible to addiction, according to new research.read more »

Who Are you on social media? New Research Examines Norms Of Online Personas

12 Apr 2017 | Entertainment

According to the Pew Research center, the majority of adults on the internet have more than one social networking profile on sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Although the core purpose of these sites are similar - to digitally connect with peers and loved ones - new research found users often adopt different personas unique to each social network.read more »

Crowdsourcing Creates A 'Win-Win Situation', Study Finds

12 Apr 2017 | World

From Wikipedia to 99designs, and Google to LEGO, crowdsourcing has changed the way the world does business.By partnering with the masses through innovative campaigns, companies can benefit from a vast amount of expertise, enthusiasm and goodwill, rather than from paid labour. But what's in it for the crowd?read more »

Are Your Sensors Spying On You?

11 Apr 2017 | SciTech

Hackers are able to decipher PINs and passwords just from the way we tilt our phone when we are typing in the information.read more »

Humans Born To Love Superheroes

6 Apr 2017 | Entertainment

We recognize justice before we can talk, reports a research team. The Japanese study demonstrates that human infants recognize heroic acts from early stages of development, suggesting that our sense of justice -- and likewise, adoration for heroes -- is innate. read more »

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