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Newswise: University of Minnesota Student Uses Tiktok Dance Videos to Solve Problems in Computer Vision and Machine Learning
Released: 20-May-2022 9:00 AM EDT
University of Minnesota Student Uses Tiktok Dance Videos to Solve Problems in Computer Vision and Machine Learning
University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

What if we used TikTok as a tool to further scientific research? University of Minnesota computer science Ph.D. student Yasamin Jafarian is doing just that, using data from the app to create more realistic 3D digital avatars.

Newswise: Facebook Posts May Reveal Individuals at Risk for Excessive Drinking
Released: 19-May-2022 3:25 PM EDT
Facebook Posts May Reveal Individuals at Risk for Excessive Drinking
Stony Brook University

In a newly published study, co-author H. Andrew Schwartz, PhD, of the Department of Computer Science at Stony Brook University, and colleagues determined that the language people used in Facebook posts can identify those at risk for hazardous drinking habits and alcohol use disorders.

Released: 19-May-2022 2:55 PM EDT
Official measures of research ‘impact’ are failing to keep pace with socially-networked academics
University of Cambridge

A survey of how academics use social media to encourage people to interact with their research argues that much of the public value of their work is probably being overlooked in official ‘impact’ assessments.

Released: 19-May-2022 2:30 PM EDT
The Use of Social Media as a Persuasive Platform to Facilitate Nutrition and Health Behavior Change in Young Adults: Web-Based Conversation Study
Journal of Medical Internet Research

Background: Globally, suboptimal dietary choices are a leading cause of noncommunicable diseases. Evidence for effective interventions to address these behaviors, particularly in young adults, is limited. Given the substantial time y...

Released: 19-May-2022 2:30 PM EDT
Characterization of False or Misleading Fluoride Content on Instagram: Infodemiology Study
Journal of Medical Internet Research

Background: Online false or misleading oral health–related content has been propagated on social media to deceive people against fluoride’s economic and health benefits to prevent dental caries. Objective: The ai...

Released: 18-May-2022 5:05 PM EDT
Harness the power of social media through appropriate strategies – engagement is a key performance indicator
University of Vaasa

The explosive growth of social media during the last decade has dramatically changed the dynamics of business-customer interactions.

Newswise: UA Little Rock Awarded $165K Grant to Support Research Efforts to Monitor Cyber Warfare Tactics on Social Media
Released: 18-May-2022 10:05 AM EDT
UA Little Rock Awarded $165K Grant to Support Research Efforts to Monitor Cyber Warfare Tactics on Social Media
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Dr. Nitin Agarwal, Jerry L. Maulden-Entergy endowed chair and distinguished professor of information science at UA Little Rock, has received a grant for $165,540 that will support research efforts to monitor cyber warfare tactics through social media.

Released: 17-May-2022 9:05 AM EDT
How Social Media Posts Could Affect Credit Scores
University of Georgia

Systems developing alternative credit scores can be like a black box, according to University of Georgia financial regulation researcher Lindsay Sain Jones. With the pool of personal data available growing, it’s time to take a second look at how the American credit scoring system works and is regulated.

12-May-2022 6:05 AM EDT
Facebook Users’ Language Predicts Who’s at Risk for Dangerous Drinking
Research Society on Alcoholism

The language used in Facebook posts can identify people at risk of hazardous drinking and alcohol use disorders (AUDs), according to a new study. Social media platforms are a “low-cost treasure trove” of data, researchers claim, expanding the options for studying, screening, and helping people at risk. Social media content in recent years has been used to explore various public health phenomena. For example, language and “likes” have predicted depression, hospital visits, low birthweight, obesity, and life expectancy. Social media language has also been linked to patterns of alcohol consumption and related problems. For the study in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, investigators explored how convincingly the language of Facebook could be used to identify risky drinking. They compared the accuracy of multiple predictive tools, including a new technique for processing language that has rarely been applied to health research.

Released: 13-May-2022 2:45 PM EDT
Monitoring User Opinions and Side Effects on COVID-19 Vaccines in the Twittersphere: Infodemiology Study of Tweets
Journal of Medical Internet Research

Background: In the current phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are witnessing the most massive vaccine rollout in human history. Like any other drug, vaccines may cause unexpected side effects, which need to be investigated in a timel...

Released: 13-May-2022 1:30 PM EDT
Bill Gates-backed artificial breast milk company is not responsible for the baby formula shortage
Newswise

There’s no evidence that an investment in BIOMILQ – a startup that makes artificial breast milk has anything to do with the baby formula shortage. The shortage is caused by supply chain problems and a recall of formula owned by Abbott Nutrition.

Released: 10-May-2022 2:45 PM EDT
What Spotify and Tinder aren't telling us
University of Auckland

Our online and real-world lives are increasingly influenced by algorithmic recommendations based on data gathered about our behavior by companies that are often reluctant to tell us what data they’re gathering how they are using it.

Released: 9-May-2022 11:30 AM EDT
Loyalty Program Members, Regular Customers Respond Differently to Social Media Marketing
North Carolina State University

A new study finds the social media messages that resonate best with loyalty program members differ from the posts that work best with other customers. The finding could inform how best to craft social media campaigns aimed at either segment of a company’s customer base.

Released: 6-May-2022 3:15 PM EDT
Social media break improves mental health – new study
University of Bath

Asking people to stop using social media for just one week could lead to significant improvements in their wellbeing, depression and anxiety and could, in the future, be recommended as a way to help people manage their mental health say the authors of a new study.

Newswise: It Pays to Be Nice to Your Competitor Brands on Social Media, Study Says
Released: 6-May-2022 3:05 PM EDT
It Pays to Be Nice to Your Competitor Brands on Social Media, Study Says
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Taking a risk and praising a competitor wins over consumers on Twitter, especially skeptical ones, according to this study. And that turns conventional wisdom about acknowledging competitors on its head.

Released: 3-May-2022 3:00 PM EDT
The latest expert commentary on the U.S. Supreme Court
Newswise

Are you looking for expert commentary on the leaked opinion draft that appears to overturn Roe v. Wade? Newswise has you covered! Below are some of the latest headlines that have been added to the U.S. Supreme Court channel on Newswise.

Released: 3-May-2022 2:30 PM EDT
Ethical Issues in Social Media Recruitment for Clinical Studies: Ethical Analysis and Framework
Journal of Medical Internet Research

Background: Social media recruitment for clinical studies holds the promise of being a cost-effective way of attracting traditionally marginalized populations and promoting patient engagement with researchers and a particular study. ...

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Released: 2-May-2022 1:25 PM EDT
NSF supports research studying how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine affects Americans
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., May 2, 2022 — The National Science Foundation has awarded a Rapid Response Research grant of nearly $175,000 to University of California, Irvine researchers seeking to gauge the effect that the reporting of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in traditional and social media outlets has on the mental health of U.S. citizens.

Released: 29-Apr-2022 3:00 PM EDT
Methods to Establish Race or Ethnicity of Twitter Users: Scoping Review
Journal of Medical Internet Research

Background: A growing amount of health research uses social media data. Those critical of social media research often cite that it may be unrepresentative of the population; however, the suitability of social media data in digital ep...

Released: 29-Apr-2022 2:45 PM EDT
Social Networking Service, Patient-Generated Health Data, and Population Health Informatics: National Cross-sectional Study of Patterns and Implications of Leveraging Digital Technologies to Support Mental Health and Well-being
Journal of Medical Internet Research

Background: The emerging health technologies and digital services provide effective ways of collecting health information and gathering patient-generated health data (PGHD), which provide a more holistic view of a patient’s health ...

Released: 29-Apr-2022 12:00 PM EDT
Elon Musk's Political Spectrum Meme Is Not Quite Accurate
Newswise

Musk's meme suggests conservatives haven't really changed. However, according to research, Republicans have moved further to the right than Democrats have to the left.

Released: 28-Apr-2022 1:45 PM EDT
Sentiments and emotions in social media associated with substance abuse come to light
Health Data Science

Substantial differences exist between the texts of the posts from Twitter users who self-report nonmedical prescription drug use (NMPDU) and those who do not, and between males and females who report NMPDU, according to a recent study from Emory University.

Released: 28-Apr-2022 1:05 PM EDT
American politicians have become less civil on Twitter over time, new study confirms
Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Members of Congress in the United States are less civil on Twitter now than they were at the start of the Obama administration. New research has revealed a 23% increase in online incivility among Congresspeople from 2009-2019, with more inflammatory tweets receiving more likes and retweets.

Released: 28-Apr-2022 6:05 AM EDT
What Elon Musk's Move Means for Stakeholders
University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business

Maryland Smith's David Kass gives three takes on what Elon Musk's Twitter deal means for stakeholders of Twitter and Tesla.

Newswise: Researchers scour Twitter to analyze public attitudes about COVID-19 vaccinations
Released: 27-Apr-2022 4:20 PM EDT
Researchers scour Twitter to analyze public attitudes about COVID-19 vaccinations
University of Illinois Chicago

Vaccination policy, vaccine hesitancy and post-vaccination symptoms and effects among top topics tweeted

Released: 27-Apr-2022 3:45 PM EDT
Langvardt Discusses Free-Speech Implications of Musk's Twitter Purchase
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Elon Musk has a difficult and probably impossible task ahead of him, because free speech ideals aren't well-suited to social media. Platform administrators -- even those with strong libertarian impulses -- wind up policing online speech.

Released: 25-Apr-2022 9:00 AM EDT
Anyone can be a cyberbully, not just people who are unhinged
University of Michigan

People who have high premeditated or impulsive aggressive tendencies online are likely to cyberbully others, according to a new University of Michigan study.

18-Apr-2022 12:45 PM EDT
For Cooperative Teams, Modesty Leaves the Best Impression
American Psychological Association (APA)

People may forgo displaying luxury brands and other signals of status when they want to convince others that they will collaborate well with a team, as people who signal their wealth and social status could be perceived as uncooperative, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

Newswise: Cleaning up Online Bots’ Act – and Speech
Released: 21-Apr-2022 8:00 AM EDT
Cleaning up Online Bots’ Act – and Speech
University of California San Diego

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed algorithms to rid speech generated by online bots of offensive language, on social media and elsewhere.

Released: 19-Apr-2022 1:50 PM EDT
Praising essential workers — nurses, grocery workers, corrections officers — is not just a good thing, it’s critical to their recovery from burnout
Brigham Young University

Remember when all those Twitter and Instagram posts thanking front-line workers blew up after the COVID pandemic hit? Turns out those were a big deal to essential workers.

Released: 15-Apr-2022 2:30 AM EDT
Social Media–Based Interventions for Health Behavior Change in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Systematic Review
Journal of Medical Internet Research

Background: Despite the wealth of evidence regarding effective health behavior change techniques using digital interventions to focus on residents of high-income countries, there is limited information of a similar nature for low- an...

11-Apr-2022 11:05 AM EDT
Lies That 'Might' Eventually Come True Seem Less Unethical
American Psychological Association (APA)

People may be willing to condone statements they know to be false and even spread misinformation on social media if they believe those statements could become true in the future, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

Released: 14-Apr-2022 8:05 AM EDT
Pivotal Midterm Elections 2022: American University Launches Experts and Events Resource Guide for Journalists
American University

Pivotal Midterm Elections 2022: American University Launches Experts and Events Resource Guide for Journalists

Newswise: COVID-19 Beliefs Are Influenced by Politicians, Not Scientists, Researchers Suggest
Released: 13-Apr-2022 10:05 AM EDT
COVID-19 Beliefs Are Influenced by Politicians, Not Scientists, Researchers Suggest
JMIR Publications

Our data speaks to the reality that health information and ‘facts’ can be subjective and manipulated in service of political agendas rather than public health goals, which is problematic if we ever want to get out of this pandemic. It’s encouraging, however, that constituents who are more critical and skeptical of their local government seem to be less susceptible to misinformation and perhaps even agendas employing it. [Nicholas A. Palomares, coauthor and professor at the department of communication studies, University of Texas, Austin]

Released: 12-Apr-2022 2:00 PM EDT
Social Media, Public Health, and Community Mitigation of COVID-19: Challenges, Risks, and Benefits
Journal of Medical Internet Research

Shortly after the first case reports in 2019, COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. Early messages from trusted experts, which later proved to be inadequate or incorrect, highlight the need for continual adjustment of messages to the public as scientific...

Released: 11-Apr-2022 2:20 PM EDT
Russian Trolls Tried to Distract American Voters with Entertainment
Cornell University

In a finding that has implications for the 2022 midterm elections, Cornell University researchers found Russia tried to distract liberal voters during the 2016 presidential campaign with a seemingly innocent weapon – tweets about music and videos.

Released: 11-Apr-2022 2:00 PM EDT
The Impact and Applications of Social Media Platforms for Public Health Responses Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Systematic Literature Review
Journal of Medical Internet Research

Background:  Social media platforms have numerous potential benefits and drawbacks on public health, which have been described in the literature. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed our limited knowledge regarding the potential health...

Released: 7-Apr-2022 3:00 PM EDT
Digital Visual Communication for Public Health: Design Proposal for a Vaccinated Emoji
Journal of Medical Internet Research

In the 21st century, the internet and particularly social media have become essential platforms for the spread of health information (including misinformation and disinformation). One of the distinguishing features of communication on these platforms...

Newswise: The gender gap: Nature or nurture? It’s complicated, says a large Facebook study ​
Released: 7-Apr-2022 8:00 AM EDT
The gender gap: Nature or nurture? It’s complicated, says a large Facebook study ​
Southern Methodist University

A study from SMU (Southern Methodist University) and UC3M (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) in Spain produced some surprising results: the gap separating the interests of men and women on some topics is larger in countries known for promoting gender equality than in countries with more rigid gender roles.

Newswise: Selfies May Drive Plastic Surgery by Distorting Facial Features
Released: 6-Apr-2022 12:00 PM EDT
Selfies May Drive Plastic Surgery by Distorting Facial Features
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Cellphone “selfies” distort facial features, an effect that may be driving an uptick in requests for plastic surgery, UT Southwestern researchers show in a new study. The findings, reported in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, highlight an unexpected consequence of social media and the need for plastic surgeons to discuss this phenomenon with their patients.

Newswise: Likes, shares and drug deals: WVU researchers create model that detects illicit drug trafficking on social media
4-Apr-2022 10:25 AM EDT
Likes, shares and drug deals: WVU researchers create model that detects illicit drug trafficking on social media
West Virginia University

Researchers at West Virginia University have found that social networking platforms can serve as a direct-to-consumer marketing tool for drug dealers to sell illicit drugs.

Released: 5-Apr-2022 9:05 AM EDT
Chatbots deployed in response to COVID-19 pandemic
University of Georgia

If you’ve been to a clinic for a vaccine or COVID test during the past two years, you’ve likely interacted with a chatbot. Chatbots are computer programs designed to simulate conversation with human users. Scalable to answer thousands of questions simultaneously, easily accessible to the public, and enabling social distancing, chatbots were ubiquitous during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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