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Kids’ ‘Community’ Knowledge From Internet Leaves UF/IFAS Researcher Hopeful

Many parents assume the Internet leads to negative behavior in their children. But a UF/IFAS team of researchers found kids gained more of a sense of "community" by using the Internet in two after-school programs.

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First Pediatric Autism Study Conducted Entirely Online

UC San Francisco researchers have completed the first Internet-based clinical trial for children with autism, establishing it as a viable and cost effective method of conducting high-quality and rapid clinical trials in this population.

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Youth Regularly Receive Pro-Marijuana Tweets

Hundreds of thousands of American youth are following marijuana-related Twitter accounts and getting pro-pot messages several times each day, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. They said the tweets are cause for concern because young people are thought to be especially responsive to social media influences, and patterns of drug use tend to be established in a person’s late teens and early 20s.

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How Common Are Cruel Comments Posted to Online News Sites?

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Anyone who’s ever ventured into the comments section of a news website has likely observed some unfriendly exchanges. Now research from the University of Utah and the University of Arizona has confirmed just how common such behavior is.

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TMI: Why Some Facebook Friends Overshare

Some people find it easier to be their 'true selves' online, a new study says, but posting too much information on Facebook doesn't get users the validation they seek.

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Video Games, Social Networks, Chat Rooms, May Help Prevent HIV

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While many HIV prevention interventions have traditionally been delivered face-to-face, a study from Columbia University School of Nursing suggests that digital outreach efforts delivered via text messages, interactive games, chat rooms, and social networks may be an effective way to reach at-risk younger men who have sex with men.

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Internet Campaign to Release the Kidnapped Teens Goes Viral All Over the World

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University of Haifa's Ambassador Online program are the ones behind the #Bring Back Our Boys campaign.

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“Disappointed” Researchers Find Lack of Political Voices on Twitter

Social scientists’ analysis of 290,119,348 tweets from 193,522 “politically engaged” Twitter users during the 2012 presidential campaign conventions and debates found little creative thinking, and a slavish blitz of retweeting “elites” like @billmaher and @seanhannity, according to a new study.

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Emotional Contagion Sweeps Facebook, Finds New Study

According to a new study by social scientists at Cornell University, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and Facebook, emotions can spread contagiously among users of online social networks.

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Stock Prognosticators

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The study by University of Iowa researchers suggests Yahoo’s finance message boards can predict stock price movements. It also found more than two-thirds of the comments had nothing to do with finance.

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