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Social Shaming and the Search for Validation: WVU Professor Examines How, Why

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WVU sociologist professor Jason Manning outlines the social conditions that breed online complaining and hashtag activism.

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Expert Available to Discuss Online Shaming, Rallies for Support

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Who’s a CEO? Google Image Results Can Shift Gender Biases

A University of Washington study assesses how accurately gender representations in online image search results for 45 different occupations -- from CEO to telemarketer to engineer -- match reality. Exposure to skewed image results shifted people's perceptions about how many women actually hold those jobs.

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Trending Stories Report for 9 April 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: Cancer treatment, meditation, careers in engineering, astronomy, marine conservation, effective dieting, internet marketing, Ebola treatments, and exercise as preventive health for seniors.

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Internet Searches Create Illusion of Personal Knowledge, Research Finds

Searching the Internet for information may make people feel smarter than they actually are, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.

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New Book Explores Trolls in Our Culture

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We’ve all observed them: online trolls who post insensitive and inflammatory comments on the Internet to provoke and upset as many people as possible. If we could just eliminate trolls from the Internet the world would be a friendlier place, right? Not exactly, says HSU Communication Lecturer Whitney Phillips.

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Beyond Emojis and LOL, the Art of Writing for 'The Internet Unconscious'

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In his new book, “The Internet Unconscious,” Sandy Baldwin unwraps the layers of the artistry that comprise the emerging field of electronic literature and explores what falls into the literary category in a digital age.

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Study: Emoticons Make Men More Jealous Than Women

A new Roanoke College study finds a gender difference in Facebook jealousy when it comes to emoticon usage.

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Detecting Deception Online Is Not So Easy, Says Iowa State Professor

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Phishing scams are such a problem that some businesses are sending out fake phishing emails to employees. An Iowa State University professor says the scams work in part because it's harder to detect deception online.

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Twitter Chatter Predicts Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment

An increase in Twitter sentiment (the positivity or negativity of tweets) is associated with an increase in state-level enrollment in the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) health insurance marketplaces — a phenomenon that points to use of the social media platform as a real-time gauge of public opinion and provides a way for marketplaces to quickly identify enrollment changes and emerging issues.