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Released: 24-Mar-2023 10:45 AM EDT
More support needed for children with disabilities using the Internet
University of East Anglia

Children with disabilities need better support to manage their online lives and potential online risks, according to new research led by the University of East Anglia (UEA).

Released: 23-Mar-2023 1:30 PM EDT
Hard-Right Social Media Activities Lead to Civil Unrest: Study
American Sociological Association (ASA)

A new study examining whether activity on hard-right social media lead to civil unrest. The authors found that hard-right social media activity did indeed increase subsequent unrest in the United States during 2020. Authors also found evidence that social media can shift people’s understanding of appropriate social norms, creating “mis-norms.”

Newswise: New AI Model Using Social Media Posts May Help Predict Community Deaths from Opioid Use
Released: 22-Mar-2023 12:20 PM EDT
New AI Model Using Social Media Posts May Help Predict Community Deaths from Opioid Use
Stony Brook University

A study led by a team of computer scientists at Stony Brook University and published in Nature Digital Medicine presents a unique approach using artificial intelligence (AI) and social media posts to predict opioid mortality rates. The findings revealed that an AI algorithm that was able to surprisingly predict opioid death rates going back to previous years and actual rates.

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Released: 22-Mar-2023 9:35 AM EDT
Fake and Extremely Biased Twitter Content Decreased Between 2016-2020, But Top Influencers Were More Polarized
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

“One side can start the polarization and keep it going forever, but it takes two sides to stop it. That’s why it easily arises, but it’s so difficult to end,” Boleslaw Szymanski said. Szymanski is the Claire & Roland Schmitt Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and director of the Network Science and Technology Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Newswise: The Intersection of Race, Gender, and Policing: Following the Public Impact
Released: 21-Mar-2023 12:25 PM EDT
The Intersection of Race, Gender, and Policing: Following the Public Impact
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

UNLV law professor Frank Rudy Cooper on the psychological impact of repeated exposure to videos of violent and deadly police encounters that increasingly circulate online; the role that slavery and societal norms surrounding masculinity play into them; and police reforms that might be in the works.

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Released: 16-Mar-2023 10:55 AM EDT
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We're thrilled to announce our upcoming expert panel on the impact of Artificial Intelligence on journalism. As a platform for verified news, Newswise often hosts such panels on trending topics. We invite both reporters and the public to join us and interact with our panelists.

Newswise: Social media experts explains why Congress set the stage for a TikTok ban
Released: 13-Mar-2023 5:30 PM EDT
Social media experts explains why Congress set the stage for a TikTok ban
Virginia Tech

TikTok, the world’s fastest-growing social media app, used by two-thirds of America’s teenagers, has federal lawmakers debating its potential threat to national security with legislation introduced by a bipartisan coalition of U.S. Senators  empowering President Joe Biden to ban its use. Mike Horning, an associate professor of multimedia journalism at Virginia Tech’s School of Communication, offers his perspective about the issues with TikTok that have put government officials on edge.

Released: 13-Mar-2023 12:00 PM EDT
How social media spreads misinformation about mental health
Indiana University

Research from Indiana University's Lorenzo Lorenzo-Luaces explores how social media aids the spread of misinformation about mental health treatments when unqualified users make claims without scientific backing or state personal experience as fact.

Newswise: Is it Dangerous for My Teenager to Turn to TikTok for Medical Advice?
Released: 10-Mar-2023 4:15 PM EST
Is it Dangerous for My Teenager to Turn to TikTok for Medical Advice?
Ochsner Health

How concerning is it that teens turn to social media for medical advice? Expert available to comment

Released: 10-Mar-2023 1:05 PM EST
Online ‘personal brands’ key to job success for Gen Z
University of East Anglia

New research reveals how Generation Z perceive online ‘personal brands’ as a crucial tool to gain more advantage in job markets.

Newswise: Shining a light on stigma and discrimination in epilepsy
Released: 10-Mar-2023 9:50 AM EST
Shining a light on stigma and discrimination in epilepsy
International League Against Epilepsy

Stigma leads to discrimination and can affect all aspects of a person’s life. Dr. Bruna Nucera talked with Mary Secco from the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) about addressing stigma through listening to people with epilepsy and their lived experiences.

Released: 9-Mar-2023 3:30 PM EST
Toxic Twitter abuse could skew UK wildlife law
University of Reading

Wildlife conservation efforts could suffer because toxic online rows about trophy hunting are becoming increasingly abusive, ecologists have warned.

Released: 9-Mar-2023 1:30 PM EST
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The U.S. economy is on people's minds as the government prepares for a showdown on the deficit and government spending. Find the latest research and expert commentary on money issues here. Below are some of the latest headlines in the Economics channel on Newswise.

6-Mar-2023 10:05 AM EST
Americans share fake news to fit in with social circles
American Psychological Association (APA)

Both conservative and liberal Americans share fake news because they don’t want to be ostracized from their social circles, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

Released: 6-Mar-2023 7:50 PM EST
Preteens with problematic social media use more likely to hold positive beliefs about alcohol
University of Toronto

A new national study published in BMC Public Health suggests that problematic social media use in early adolescents is associated with both positive and negative alcohol beliefs, which play a key role in predicting alcohol use and, potentially, the development of alcohol use disorder later in life.

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Released: 3-Mar-2023 7:10 PM EST
On social media platforms, more sharing means less caring about accuracy
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

As a social media user, you can be eager to share content. You can also try to judge whether it is true or not. But for many people it is difficult to prioritize both these things at once.

Newswise: Physicians Should Screen Youth for Cyberbullying, Social Media Use
Released: 2-Mar-2023 8:30 AM EST
Physicians Should Screen Youth for Cyberbullying, Social Media Use
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers recommend primary care physicians screen adolescents and young adults for inappropriate or misuse of social media and cyberbullying utilizing screening tools developed for use in the health care setting. Physicians also can ask about the many symptoms that could be warning signs of cyberbullying such as sleep disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts, self-harm behaviors, academic problems, fatigue and headaches. They also can undergo training to detect bullying and ensure that their staff is trained appropriately.

Released: 28-Feb-2023 6:30 PM EST
People spend 1/6th of their lifetime on enhancing their appearance
National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE)

An international team including HSE researchers has conducted the largest ever cross-cultural study of appearance-enhancing behaviours. They have found that people worldwide spend an average of four hours a day on enhancing their beauty.

Released: 27-Feb-2023 6:15 PM EST
Excessive screen time linked to suicidal behaviors in US preteens
University of Toronto

Amidst the worsening teen mental health crisis and new legislation proposing to ban children under 16 from using social media, a new study finds that greater screen time among children 9-11 is associated with a higher risk of developing suicidal behaviors two years later.

17-Feb-2023 9:00 AM EST
Reducing social media use significantly improves body image in teens, young adults
American Psychological Association (APA)

Teens and young adults who reduced their social media use by 50% for just a few weeks saw significant improvement in how they felt about both their weight and their overall appearance compared with peers who maintained consistent levels of social media use, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

Released: 22-Feb-2023 11:10 AM EST
How asylum seeker credibility is assessed by authorities
University of Copenhagen

Credibility is a crucial factor when immigration authorities determine whether an asylum seeker is eligible to reside in Denmark or not.

Newswise: How to talk with youth about the dangers of viral challenges and online safety
Released: 21-Feb-2023 12:40 PM EST
How to talk with youth about the dangers of viral challenges and online safety
Virginia Tech

Viral challenges have been around almost as long as the internet. Some, like the ice bucket challenge are good, raising awareness on important issues. But others are not, and can put both youth and their parents at risk. What makes these viral challenges attractive for youth? How should parents approach the topic of online safety with their children? A Virginia 4-H specialist and a Virginia 4-H’er provide advice on how to do just this.

Released: 21-Feb-2023 12:30 PM EST
Digital content could be altering your visual perception, new research shows
Binghamton University, State University of New York

How we see digital content could have an impact on our visual perception in the real world, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York.

Newswise: Are digital humans the employees of the future?
Released: 20-Feb-2023 8:05 AM EST
Are digital humans the employees of the future?
Iowa State University

Researchers who’ve studied the emergence of digital humans say “AI with a face” will become more prevalent within the decade. They wrote an article aimed at industry leaders to highlight four types of digital humans and offer guidance.

Newswise: Geography, language dictate social media and popular website usage, study finds
Released: 9-Feb-2023 6:50 PM EST
Geography, language dictate social media and popular website usage, study finds
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Since its inception, the internet has been viewed by technology experts and scholars as a way to access information at a global scale without having to overcome hurdles posed by language and geography.

Released: 8-Feb-2023 3:00 PM EST
Relationships matter more than emotion when it comes to ‘likes’ on Instagram
University of Bath

The emotional buzz of receiving a like to an Instagram post can leave people more disposed to return a like in the future, but it’s the status of the relationship that is the overriding factor in determining the tap of approval, according to a study from the University of Bath.

Released: 8-Feb-2023 2:05 PM EST
Free speech vs. harmful misinformation: How people resolve dilemmas in online content moderation
Max Planck Institute for Human Development

The issue of content moderation on social media platforms came into sharp focus in 2021, when major platforms such as Facebook and Twitter suspended the accounts of then U.S. President Donald Trump.

Released: 8-Feb-2023 11:05 AM EST
Research finds public broadly favour taking action to stop spread of harmful misinformation online
University of Bristol

The majority of people support robust action being taken to control the spread of harmful misinformation via social media, a new study reveals.

Newswise: Incivility reduces interest in what politicians have to say, shows research
Released: 6-Feb-2023 8:10 PM EST
Incivility reduces interest in what politicians have to say, shows research
University of Toronto, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management

Nasty remarks by politicians against their critics are so common that we may not pay them much mind. That’s the problem of political incivility, say a pair of researchers who’ve studied the phenomenon among U.S. politicians.

Released: 6-Feb-2023 1:05 PM EST
UTHealth Houston study: Caregivers trust social media more than physicians with CTE questions
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Those caring for people who are at an increased risk of developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) are more likely to turn to social media for answers than physicians, according to research from UTHealth Houston.

Released: 2-Feb-2023 1:30 PM EST
True stories can win out on social media, study finds
Ohio State University

Some past research has suggested that falsehoods travel more quickly online than the truth and are more popular with the public, but a new study gives a more hopeful view.

Released: 2-Feb-2023 2:05 AM EST
Subtle hostile social media messaging is being missed by artificial intelligence tools
University of Portsmouth

Experts warn current machine learning models are missing microaggressions and subtle cognitive warfare online.

26-Jan-2023 3:15 PM EST
Tweets reveal where in cities people express different emotions

An analysis of nearly 2 million Tweets made by people in London and San Francisco explores specific events and types of locations that are associated with different emotions.

Released: 1-Feb-2023 1:40 PM EST
War tourists fighting on a virtual front, since Ukraine-Russia war
University of Portsmouth

Since the start of the war in Ukraine, a new group of ‘war tourists’ has emerged - those who are fighting on a virtual front.

Released: 1-Feb-2023 11:05 AM EST
Pro-cannabis social media linked to youths’ intentions to use
Washington State University

Despite laws against advertising cannabis to teens, young people reported in surveys that they still see a lot of positive cannabis messages through social media posts.

Released: 26-Jan-2023 4:15 PM EST
Tweets reveal where in cities people express different emotions and other behavioral studies in the Behavioral Science channel

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