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Newswise: PNNL AI Expert Harnesses Open-Source Data to Understand Human Behavior
Released: 22-Jun-2021 9:55 AM EDT
PNNL AI Expert Harnesses Open-Source Data to Understand Human Behavior
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

PNNL researchers used natural language processing and deep learning techniques to reveal how and why different types of misinformation and disinformation spread across social platforms. Applied to COVID-19, the team found that misinformation intended to influence politics and incite fear spreads fastest.

Released: 22-Jun-2021 5:05 AM EDT
What Facebook Can Tell Us About Dietary Choices
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

A new IIASA-led study set out to understand the full potential of behavior change and what drives such changes in people’s choices across the world using data from almost two billion Facebook profiles.

Released: 21-Jun-2021 8:00 AM EDT
The Risks of Adopting ‘Body Positivity’ To Make A Sale
Ohio State University

Instagram users who detect self-promotion or corporate marketing in a post embracing the body positivity movement may be turned off by that dual messaging, new research suggests.

13-Jun-2021 1:05 PM EDT
The Positive Reinforcement of Social Networking Sites Can Increase Behaviors like Binge Drinking
Research Society on Alcoholism

Social-media sites – for example, Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook – that provide clear networking functions such as liking, sharing, commenting, and personal messaging with other users or “followers” are popular among youth. They have also become a prime milieu for the socialization of young people's alcohol use. These results and others will be shared at the 44th annual scientific meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA), which will be held virtually this year from the 19th - 23rd of June 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Released: 14-Jun-2021 8:05 PM EDT
Communication Technology, Study of Collective Behavior Must Be ‘Crisis Discipline,’ Researchers Argue
University of Washington

Our ability to confront global crises, from pandemics to climate change, depends on how we interact and share information. Social media and other forms of communication technology restructure these interactions in ways that have consequences. Unfortunately, we have little insight into whether these changes will bring about a healthy, sustainable and equitable world. As a result, researchers now say that the study of collective behavior must rise to a “crisis discipline,” just like medicine, conservation and climate science have done, according to a new paper published the week of June 14 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Released: 11-Jun-2021 1:25 PM EDT
A ‘Nudge’ May Not Be Enough to Counter Fake News Online
Association for Psychological Science

Can people learn to better identify fake news about COVID-19—and if so, would they be less likely to share that fake story with others? Perhaps, but it may take more than simply priming them to think more critically beforehand.

Newswise: Study finds brain areas involved in seeking information about bad possibilities
9-Jun-2021 3:35 PM EDT
Study finds brain areas involved in seeking information about bad possibilities
Washington University in St. Louis

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified the brain regions involved in choosing whether to find out if a bad event is about to happen.

Released: 2-Jun-2021 10:05 AM EDT
Social media influencing grows more precarious in digital age
Cornell University

Influencing millions of people on social media and being paid handsomely is not as easy as it looks, according to new Cornell University research.

Newswise: Video platforms normalise exotic pets
Released: 27-May-2021 10:05 PM EDT
Video platforms normalise exotic pets
University of Adelaide

Researchers at the University of Adelaide are concerned video sharing platforms such as YouTube could be contributing to the normalisation of exotic pets and encouraging the exotic pet trade.

Released: 27-May-2021 10:25 AM EDT
Checking out plastic surgeons on Instagram? Your perception may be biased
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott

Social media sites – especially Instagram – have revolutionized the way plastic surgeons market their practice. These platforms allow surgeons to post testimonials, educational videos, and before-and-after photos. This information can help to guide patients in making decisions about whether to undergo cosmetic surgery and which plastic surgeon to choose, based on factors like the surgeon's experience and results achieved.

Released: 24-May-2021 2:15 PM EDT
Posts to Reddit forum "SuicideWatch" spike in the early hours of Monday morning
King's College London

New research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King's College London has found that people on a social media suicide support forum are most likely to post to the site during the early hours of Monday morning.

Released: 24-May-2021 2:10 PM EDT
Young Teens Should Only Use Recreational Internet and Video Games One Hour Daily, Rutgers Research Suggests
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Middle-school aged children who use the internet, social media or video games recreationally for more than an hour each day during the school week have significantly lower grades and test scores, according to a study from the Center for Gambling Studies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

Released: 18-May-2021 5:45 PM EDT
Study shows Pinterest users pin healthy recipes, are more likely to make unhealthy ones
George Mason University

When it comes sharing recipes on social media, what users post, and what they cook may be two entirely different things.

Released: 11-May-2021 8:00 AM EDT
People are persuaded by social media messages, not view numbers
Ohio State University

People are more persuaded by the actual messages contained in social media posts than they are by how many others viewed the posts, a new study suggests.

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Released: 7-May-2021 2:05 PM EDT
Researchers develop artificial intelligence that can detect sarcasm in social media
University of Central Florida

Computer science researchers at the University of Central Florida have developed a sarcasm detector.

Released: 3-May-2021 3:20 PM EDT
COVID-19 conspiracy beliefs increased among users of conservative and social media
Annenberg Public Policy Center

Belief in conspiracies about the COVID-19 pandemic increased through the early months of the U.S. outbreak among people who reported being heavy users of conservative and social media, a study by Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) researchers has found.

Released: 3-May-2021 2:50 PM EDT
Need to vent? Turn to real-life support, not social media
Michigan State University

Social media may make it easier for people to engage online, but I does not provide certain benefits of real-life human interactions, says a Michigan State University researcher.

Released: 29-Apr-2021 4:40 PM EDT
Study finds US Twitter users have strongly supported face coverings amid the pandemic
University of Oregon

An analysis of Twitter activity between March 1 and Aug. 1, 2020, found strong support by U.S. users for wearing face coverings and that a media focus on anti-mask opinions fueled the rhetoric of those opposed, report University of Oregon researchers.

Released: 29-Apr-2021 2:45 PM EDT
Battling Public Health Misinformation Online
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Social media and web-based news channels became a communication superhighway for correct and incorrect public health information during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study of this vast amount of information, known as infodemiology, is critical to building public health interventions to combat misinformation and help individuals, groups, and communities navigate and distill crucial public health messages.

Newswise: Older adults use social media to compensate for fewer in-person interactions, UAH study says
Released: 28-Apr-2021 10:10 AM EDT
Older adults use social media to compensate for fewer in-person interactions, UAH study says
University of Alabama Huntsville

A lack of in-person interactions is a primary driver for older people to use social media, according to a first of its kind study of older users by a researcher at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), a part of the University of Alabama System.

Newswise: New Research Focuses on a Growing Pandemic Problem — “Zoom Dysmorphia”
19-Apr-2021 10:05 AM EDT
New Research Focuses on a Growing Pandemic Problem — “Zoom Dysmorphia”
American Academy of Dermatology

During the pandemic, there was a shift to remote work, and demand for video conferencing increased. Zoom estimates daily meeting participants grew from approximately 10 million in December 2019 to more than 300 million in April 2020. Board-certified dermatologists also reported a change with this increased use of video calls: a rise in the number of patients they’re seeing with negative self-perceptions.

Newswise: New AI tool tracks evolution of COVID-19 conspiracy theories on social media
Released: 19-Apr-2021 1:30 PM EDT
New AI tool tracks evolution of COVID-19 conspiracy theories on social media
Los Alamos National Laboratory

A new machine-learning program accurately identifies COVID-19-related conspiracy theories on social media and models how they evolved over time—a tool that could someday help public health officials combat misinformation online.

Newswise: Arguing on the internet: UW researchers studying how to make online arguments productive
Released: 19-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Arguing on the internet: UW researchers studying how to make online arguments productive
University of Washington

University of Washington researchers worked with almost 260 people to understand online disagreements and to develop potential design interventions that could make these discussions more productive and centered around relationship-building.

Released: 13-Apr-2021 10:05 AM EDT
Puerto Rico, Coronavirus Among Top Latino Twitter Topics During 2020 Election
George Washington University

Latinos discussed Puerto Rico and the COVID-19 pandemic more than any other subject on Twitter in the run-up to the 2020 election, according to researchers at the George Washington University. Spanish-language tweets mentioning “freedom” and “socialism” were also popular, while topics such as Obamacare and immigration did not gain much traction.

Released: 30-Mar-2021 11:40 AM EDT
Social media addiction linked to cyberbullying
University of Georgia

New research suggests that these increased hours spent online may be associated with cyberbullying behaviors. According to a study by the University of Georgia, higher social media addiction scores, more hours spent online, and identifying as male significantly predicted cyberbullying perpetration in adolescents.

Released: 29-Mar-2021 3:55 PM EDT
Flagging coronavirus misinformation tweets changes user behaviors, UAH research shows
University of Alabama Huntsville

When Twitter flags tweets containing coronavirus misinformation, that really does affect the degree of validity most people ascribe to those messages, says new research based on a novel branching survey by three professors at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), a part of the University of Alabama System.

Released: 26-Mar-2021 1:20 PM EDT
A Contagion of Institutional Distrust
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

The aftermath of the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol has led to the emergence of a new broad, anti-government conspiracy theory spreading on social media that is dovetailing with anti-vaccination and anti-public health extremism, according to a new report by Rutgers’ Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience.

12-Mar-2021 8:05 AM EST
FoMO Nudges Students Toward Future Happiness
State University of New York at Geneseo

A new study found that college students are challenging traditional ideas of where and how they invest their time. They are preparing for the future by investing in relationships and leveraging the “fear of missing out,” or FoMO, as a reminder to seize the day.

Newswise: Health ads in users’ customized online sites may evoke negative reactions
Released: 16-Mar-2021 2:10 PM EDT
Health ads in users’ customized online sites may evoke negative reactions
Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences

Tweaking the look of a social media profile may subtly alter a person’s reaction to the health messages that appear on that site, according to researchers. They add that these reactions could influence whether the users heed the advice of those messages.

Newswise: New book considers democracy’s future, improving governance
Released: 11-Mar-2021 1:10 PM EST
New book considers democracy’s future, improving governance
University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Illinois Chicago researcher Zizi Papacharissi draws on interviews conducted with everyday citizens of more than 30 countries

Released: 5-Mar-2021 1:20 PM EST
Sports information on social networks leaves out women, disabled and minority disciplines
University of Seville

Researchers from the University of Seville and Pompeu Fabra University argue that sports information on social media is dominated by men and football.

Newswise: Call Me, Maybe? UNLV Study Probes How People Connected During the Pandemic
Released: 5-Mar-2021 12:35 PM EST
Call Me, Maybe? UNLV Study Probes How People Connected During the Pandemic
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

UNLV social media expert Natalie Pennington shares the top 10 takeaways of research on the impact of video chats, email, online gaming, and other communication tech on stress, loneliness, and relationships.

Newswise: One Year In, Rensselaer Experts Keep Addressing COVID-19 Challenges in Inventive Ways
Released: 4-Mar-2021 11:50 AM EST
One Year In, Rensselaer Experts Keep Addressing COVID-19 Challenges in Inventive Ways
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Over the course of the last year, Rensselaer experts have made many meaningful contributions to the understanding of — and response to — the COVID-19 crisis. Here is a list of pandemic-related topics they can address.

Released: 2-Mar-2021 1:10 PM EST
Study Highlights Pitfalls Associated With ‘Cybervetting’ Job Candidates
North Carolina State University

A recent study of how human resources professionals review online information and social media profiles of job candidates highlights the ways in which so-called “cybervetting” can introduce bias and moral judgment into the hiring process.

25-Feb-2021 3:35 PM EST
Education Level, Interest in Alternative Medicine Among Factors Associated with Believing Misinformation
American Psychological Association (APA)

While many people believe misinformation on Facebook and Twitter from time to time, people with lower education or health literacy levels, a tendency to use alternative medicine or a distrust of the health care system are more likely to believe inaccurate medical postings than others, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

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