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Released: 2-May-2024 7:05 AM EDT
Navigating Relationships in the Age of Dating Apps
Newswise

In today's digital age, dating apps have revolutionized how people meet and connect. However, this convenience comes with its own challenges, leading to what some call a "swipe pandemic."

Released: 1-May-2024 10:05 AM EDT
What’s Behind the Potential Ban on TikTok?
Tufts University

Nick Seaver, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Tufts University, talks about the potential TikTok ban and whether fears about the app’s addictiveness are warranted.

Newswise: Virtual reality environment for teens may offer an accessible, affordable way to reduce stress
Released: 1-May-2024 7:05 AM EDT
Virtual reality environment for teens may offer an accessible, affordable way to reduce stress
University of Washington

Working with teens, UW researchers designed RESeT: a snowy virtual world with six activities intended to improve mood. In a 3-week study of 44 teens, researchers found that most of the teens used the technology about twice a week without being prompted and reported lower stress levels after using the environment.

Released: 24-Apr-2024 9:05 AM EDT
Q&A: How TikTok’s ‘black box’ algorithm and design shape user behavior
University of Washington

Franziska Roesner, a University of Washington associate professor, has two papers coming out in May looking at TikTok’s algorithm and its effects on users.

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Released: 23-Apr-2024 1:05 PM EDT
Health information on TikTok: The good, the bad and the ugly
University of Chicago Medical Center

UChicago researchers analyzed health information on TikTok to identify trends in video quality — how much misinformation is out there, and does it come from specific sources?

Released: 23-Apr-2024 9:05 AM EDT
Social media affects people’s views on mental illness
Ohio State University

Even subtle differences in the wording of social media messages may be enough to sway young people’s beliefs about depression and anxiety and their treatment. Researchers found that college students were more optimistic about the possibility of successfully treating mental health problems after they read social media messages conveying a “growth mindset.”

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Released: 9-Apr-2024 10:05 AM EDT
Republicans who support childhood vaccine mandates often stay silent
Ohio State University

Most Republican voters support childhood vaccine mandates, yet may be discouraged from publicly expressing these views, a new study suggests.

Newswise: Extreme views get more likes on social media, new research reveals
Released: 2-Apr-2024 2:05 PM EDT
Extreme views get more likes on social media, new research reveals
Binghamton University, State University of New York

Experts examine impact of 'eccentric' opinions on social networks, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York.

Released: 28-Mar-2024 2:00 PM EDT
Social media use may help to empower plastic surgery patients
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott

For patients considering or undergoing plastic and reconstructive surgery (PRS) procedures, using social media to gather information and answer questions can enhance patient empowerment – potentially leading to increased autonomy and better decision-making, reports a study in the April issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Released: 26-Mar-2024 4:05 PM EDT
Depression in Black people goes unnoticed by AI models analyzing language in Social Media posts
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Analysis found that models developed to detect depression using language in Facebook posts did not work when applied to Black people's accounts

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Released: 15-Mar-2024 10:05 AM EDT
Expert explains how Congressional TikTok bill could impact users and the future of social media
Virginia Tech

The vote this week by the U.S. House of Representatives, by an overwhelming 352-65 margin, could lead to a nationwide ban of the popular social media app TikTok.

Newswise: Automated Fake News Detection: A Simple Solution May Not Be Feasible
Released: 14-Mar-2024 11:05 AM EDT
Automated Fake News Detection: A Simple Solution May Not Be Feasible
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

With misinformation and disinformation proliferating online, many may wish for a simple, reliable, automated “fake news” detection system to easily identify falsehoods from truths.

Newswise: No, you shouldn’t be going barefoot in public
Released: 12-Mar-2024 10:05 AM EDT
No, you shouldn’t be going barefoot in public
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Trend resurfacing on TikTok has podiatry experts worried

Released: 11-Mar-2024 3:05 PM EDT
Q&A: How Instagram influencers profit from anti-vaccine misinformation
University of Washington

New research from the UW examines how three wellness Instagram influencers profited from anti-vaccine misinformation.

Released: 6-Mar-2024 2:05 PM EST
Researchers Evaluate Accuracy of Online Health News Using Easily Accessible AI
University of New Hampshire

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire developed a new machine learning model, an application of artificial intelligence, that news services, like social media outlets, could easily use to better screen medical news stories for accuracy.

Released: 29-Feb-2024 10:05 AM EST
MSU co-authored study: 10 insights to reduce vaccine hesitancy on social media
Michigan State University

Young Anna Argyris, associate professor in the Michigan State University Department of Media and Information, is part of an international team studying the detrimental effects of vaccine misinformation on social media and interventions that can increase vaccine uptake behaviors.

Newswise: AI among us: Social media users struggle to identify AI bots during political discourse
Released: 27-Feb-2024 2:05 PM EST
AI among us: Social media users struggle to identify AI bots during political discourse
University of Notre Dame

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame conducted a study using AI bots based on large language models and asked human and AI bot participants to engage in political discourse. Fifty-eight percent of the time, the participants could not identify who the AI bots were.

Newswise: Anti-vaccine conspiracies fuel divisive political discourse
Released: 26-Feb-2024 9:05 PM EST
Anti-vaccine conspiracies fuel divisive political discourse
University of Tokyo

Heightened use of social media during the coronavirus pandemic brought with it an unprecedented surge in the spread of misinformation.

   
Newswise: AI and the spread of fake news sites: experts explain how to counteract them
Released: 23-Feb-2024 11:05 AM EST
AI and the spread of fake news sites: experts explain how to counteract them
Virginia Tech

With national elections looming in the United States, concerns about misinformation are sharper than ever, and advances in artificial intelligence have made distinguishing genuine news sites from fake ones even more challenging. Virginia Tech experts explore three different facets of the AI-fueled spread of fake news sites and the efforts to combat them.

Newswise: Serious doubts raised over WhatsApp’s misinformation strategy – new report
Released: 20-Feb-2024 4:05 AM EST
Serious doubts raised over WhatsApp’s misinformation strategy – new report
Loughborough University

Just 10% of people surveyed understood that the terms 'Forwarded' and 'Forwarded many times' in WhatsApp meant they were reading potential misinformation.

Newswise: Online digital data and AI for monitoring biodiversity
Released: 16-Feb-2024 9:05 PM EST
Online digital data and AI for monitoring biodiversity
University of Helsinki

The random information posted online could be used to generate information about biodiversity and its conservation.

Newswise: A celebration of Black History Month at Argonne
Released: 14-Feb-2024 3:15 PM EST
A celebration of Black History Month at Argonne
Argonne National Laboratory

To celebrate Black History Month, Argonne is pleased to highlight six employees and one up-and-coming high school STEM student who exemplify how a diverse team drives our science mission forward.

Released: 12-Feb-2024 11:05 PM EST
Customers prefer text over video to provide service feedback
Washington State University

At a time when one viral video can damage a business, some companies are turning to their own commenting platforms rather than letting social media be the main outlet for customer feedback.

Newswise: Research reveals the key to an irresistible online dating profile
Released: 9-Feb-2024 10:05 AM EST
Research reveals the key to an irresistible online dating profile
University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business

In writing a good online dating profile, the average love-seeker is likely to fill it up with all the appealing qualities and interests that make them special.

Released: 8-Feb-2024 2:05 PM EST
Social media can reveal who needs the most help
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Language use in social media can be a useful tool for social scientists, because it reflects living conditions in areas the posts originate from.

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Released: 6-Feb-2024 3:05 PM EST
Will Taylor Swift dominate football’s greatest stage?
University of Miami

All eyes may not be on the field at Super Bowl LVIII. A web of rumors and conspiracies are swirling around this year’s game.

Released: 30-Jan-2024 1:05 PM EST
Body positive images on social media improve how men view their bodies
University of Surrey

Exposure to body positive imagery on social media increase body satisfaction and reduces weight concerns in both men and women, a new study from the University of Surrey reports.

Newswise: Disinformation can reinforce polarization in society
Released: 24-Jan-2024 9:00 AM EST
Disinformation can reinforce polarization in society
Aalto University

Researchers from Aalto University and the University of Helsinki studied how real-world shocks affect online discussions, and found that disinformation reinforces polarization.

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Released: 22-Jan-2024 10:05 AM EST
Experts recommend focusing on digital privacy and wellness in 2024
Virginia Tech

As 2024 gets underway, many people are focused on new year’s resolutions – eat healthier, quit smoking, catch up with family. But what about your online privacy and safety? Virginia Tech information privacy and cybersecurity experts and co-founders of Voices of Privacy, France Bélanger and Donna Wertalik say now is also a good time to make resolutions about protecting your and your loved ones’ information in the digital world.

Newswise: Digital dice and youth: 1 in 6 parents say they probably wouldn’t know if teens were betting online
17-Jan-2024 9:05 AM EST
Digital dice and youth: 1 in 6 parents say they probably wouldn’t know if teens were betting online
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

As young people increasingly have access and exposure to online gambling, only one in four parents say they have talked to their teen about some aspect of virtual betting, a national poll suggests.

Newswise: How does materialism in social media trigger stress and unhappiness?
Released: 19-Jan-2024 1:05 PM EST
How does materialism in social media trigger stress and unhappiness?
Ruhr-Universität Bochum

The researchers headed by Dr. Phillip Ozimek from the Faculty of Psychology at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, recruited 1,230 people for their online survey.

Released: 19-Jan-2024 5:05 AM EST
Research reveals alarming extent of gambling-related messages during live ice hockey and basketball coverage
University of Bristol

A new study has exposed for the first time the vast proliferation of gambling marketing during live TV screenings and social media promotion of National Hockey League (NHL) and National Basketball Association (NBA) games in Canada.

Released: 18-Jan-2024 11:05 AM EST
New research sheds light on incel community’s connection to mass violence
University of Rhode Island

Though much has been written in the past decade about “involuntary celibates,” the rise of violent extremism, and their connection to mass violence, empirical research on this community is surprisingly scarce. A new examination authored by URI Professor Miriam Lindner aims to fill this gap.

Newswise: Research reveals possible link between teen personalities, social media preferences and depressive symptoms
Released: 16-Jan-2024 1:00 PM EST
Research reveals possible link between teen personalities, social media preferences and depressive symptoms
West Virginia University

Teens using social media are vulnerable to depressive symptoms and some platforms, like TikTok, Instagram and YouTube, may be linked to higher levels of depression than others, according to West Virginia University research.

Released: 11-Jan-2024 9:00 AM EST
Virtual Science Writers Conference will uncover the truth behind ‘hormone balancing’
Endocrine Society

The popular TikTok trend of ‘hormone balancing’ has taken over the internet with claims to balance your hormones with holistic approaches alone, but medical experts question its legitimacy.

Released: 9-Jan-2024 3:05 PM EST
What happens to our online activity over the switches to and from Daylight Saving Time?
University of Surrey

Researchers noticed that after switching to DST, certain Google searches took place up to an hour earlier than usual. On the other hand, when clocks went back to standard time in autumn, these searches tended to occur later.

Released: 9-Jan-2024 3:05 PM EST
“Not everyone has the same number of friends” – Overhaul epidemic modelling to include social networks, says new research
University of Birmingham

Models used by scientists to predict how epidemics will spread have a major flaw since they do not take into account the structure of the networks underlying transmission.

Newswise: Finding Hope, Meaning This Holiday Season
Released: 26-Dec-2023 11:05 AM EST
Finding Hope, Meaning This Holiday Season
Cedars-Sinai

Wars abroad. Struggles at home, including record-setting inflation and political polarization. Although the holiday season can trigger a range of emotions, this year may feel especially challenging.

Released: 20-Dec-2023 4:05 PM EST
Emissions and evasions
University of Cambridge

The world’s top fossil fuel firms subtly reset online conversations about climate change by ignoring discussions of extreme weather in favour of sharing praise for their own sustainability work, according to a new research paper in Nature’s npj | Climate Action series.



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