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Poll: Social media makes it both easier and more challenging to parent tweens

5:07 pm Eastern | U.S. News

As children hit the "tween" stage between early elementary grades and the teenage years, parents may struggle balancing the need for independence with appropriate supervision, a new national poll more »

Reality television played a key role in taking Trump from apprentice to president

7 Mar 2018 | U.S. News

There are many factors that account for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential election victory, but Americans would be doing a disservice to their understanding of the country's political system by ignoring Trump's 14-year starring role as a reality television personality, according to Shira Gabriel, an associate professor in the University at Buffalo Department of Psychology. read more »

Study shows smartphones and data centers harm the environment

5 Mar 2018 | World

Data centres and smartphones will be the most damaging information and communications technologies to the environment by 2040, according to new research from W Booth School's Lotfi more »

No laughing matter, yet humor inspires climate change activism

2 Mar 2018 | U.S. News

Melting icecaps, mass flooding, megadroughts and erratic weather are no laughing matter. However, a new study shows that humor can be an effective means to inspire young people to pursue climate change activism. read more »

New survey of recent newspaper subscribers shows why people chose to pay

27 Feb 2018 | U.S. News

The decision to subscribe to a local newspaper involves a mix of motives and trigger factors that can be described by nine key "paths to subscription," according to a report released by the Media Insight more »

Researchers identify how phishing strategies may lead to success or failure

26 Feb 2018 | U.S. News

Phishing is a common social engineering attack that involves criminals impersonating a trustworthy third party to persuade people to visit fraudulent websites or download malicious attachments. But not all phishing campaigns more »

The good and bad health news about your exercise posts on social media

22 Feb 2018 | U.S. News

We all have that Facebook friend -- or 10 -- who regularly posts photos of his or her fitness pursuits: on the elliptical at the gym, hiking through the wilderness, crossing a 10K finish line. read more »

Fake news 'vaccine': Online game may 'inoculate' by simulating propaganda tactics

21 Feb 2018 | World

A new online game puts players in the shoes of an aspiring propagandist to give the public a taste of the techniques and motivations behind the spread of disinformation - potentially "inoculating" them against the influence of so-called fake news in the more »

Smartphones are bad for some teens, not all

21 Feb 2018 | U.S. News

Is the next generation better or worse off because of smartphones? The answer is complex and research shows it largely depends on their lives more »

Innuendo and pointing suspicion in news coverage can fuel conspiracy theories

20 Feb 2018 | World

Innuendo and hinting at fake information in news coverage is enough to fuel belief in conspiracy theories, new research shows. read more »

Illinois researchers find tweeting in cities lower than expected

20 Feb 2018 | U.S. News

Studying data from Twitter, University of Illinois researchers found that less people tweet per capita from larger cities than in smaller ones, indicating an unexpected trend that has implications in understanding urban pace of more »

How #MeToo, awareness months and Facebook are helping us heal

16 Feb 2018 | World

If we have learned anything on social media in 2017 it's that everything isn't okay. Far from it. But we are finally starting to talk about it - according to researchers at Drexel University who study our relationships with social network more »

Study dispels notion social media displaces human contact

15 Feb 2018 | U.S. News

Echoing concerns that grew with the World Wide Web itself a decade earlier, the rise of social media has stoked fears of "social displacement" -- the alienation of people from friends and family in favor of Facebook and more »

TV's influence on pregnancy, childbirth more powerful than many women admit

15 Feb 2018 | U.S. News

Surfing through cable TV channels often results in catching a glimpse of a woman giving birth or preparing for motherhood in one of the popular pregnancy and childbirth reality more »

What motivates parents to protect children from cell phone addiction?

6 Jun 2017 | SciTech

A new study examined the role parental mediation can play in protecting children from the potential negative effects of smartphone use, comparing the perceived risk and different types of mediation and parenting styles. read more »

Twitter Is The Prime Social Media Network For World Leaders

1 Jun 2017 | World

Pope Francis is the most followed world leader on Twitter with a combined total of 33,716,301 followers on his nine language accounts, ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump with 30,133,036 more »

Can Parents' Tech Obsessions Contribute To A Child's Bad Behavior?

25 May 2017 | Entertainment

Fatigue. Hunger. Boredom. Those are often on the list of reasons parents mention if their child whines, has tantrums or acts out. Researchers are now asking if such negative behaviors could be related to something else: parents spending too much time on their smartphones or more »

Facebook Introduces Personal Fundraisers

25 May 2017 | U.S. News

Facebook is giving people another way to mobilize around causes they care about by introducing personal fundraisers to everyone over 18 in the more »

Toy Unboxing Lucrative But Sensitive

22 May 2017 | Entertainment

The global social media phenomenon of toy unboxing is causing concern for parents and other child welfare advocates. Now new research recommends regulation to address more »

Study Finds Consumers See Much Greater Risk Than Reward In Online Ads

19 May 2017 | U.S. News

Personalized ads now follow us around the web, their content drawn from tracking our online activity. The ad industry has suggested we're OK with it - that we see benefits roughly equal to perceived risks. A new study says more »

Men Sing About Dating And Sex More Often Than Women

18 May 2017 | Entertainment

A new analysis of popular song lyrics from 1960 through 2008 reveals that men sing about both romantic love and sex more often than women. However, female artists sing about romantic love in a higher percentage of their more »

TV Accentuates Traditional Women's Roles At Expense Of Their Needs

15 May 2017 | U.S. News

College women who frequently watch television or who believe that the content is real, tend to endorse the gender roles that are portrayed often on TV, says a University of Michigan more »

Can Seeing The Facebook Logo Make You Crave Social Media?

10 May 2017 | Media

new study examined how social media cues such as the Facebook logo may affect frequent and less frequent social media users differently, sparking spontaneous hedonic reactions that make it difficult to resist social media cravings. read more »

Handheld Screen Time Linked With Speech Delays In Young Children

5 May 2017 | SciTech

As the number of smart phones, tablets, electronic games and other handheld screens in U.S. homes continues to grow, some children begin using these devices before beginning to talk. New research suggests these children may be at higher risk for speech delays. read more »

New Study Reveals Why People Pay For News And What It Means For Future Of Journalism

4 May 2017 | Entertainment

Slightly more than half of all U.S. adults pay for news, with roughly half of those subscribing to a newspaper, according to a study conducted by the Media Insight Project. read more »

Fake News And Filters Aren't Fooling Internet Users

4 May 2017 | U.S. News

Despite what some politicians argue, fake news and biased search algorithms aren't swaying public opinion, finds a Michigan State University more »

In 'Post Truth' Era, Leaders Must Defend Objective, Independent Media

4 May 2017 | World

In a “post-truth” world with “fake news” on the rise, and media accountability and credibility falling under question, free, independent and professional journalism has never been more important, the United Nations more »

People Could Be Genetically Predisposed To Social Media Use

3 May 2017 | SciTech

It's easy to think in terms of linking genetics to behavior in simple ways. Are you calm or do you have a temper? Are you creative or analytical? Are you sociable or shy? But can heritable traits actually influence a person to frequently use social media? read more »

Facebook Likes Don't Make You Feel Better

3 May 2017 | Entertainment

Receiving 'likes' on social media posts doesn't make people feel better about themselves or improve their mood if they are more »

Paying Online Community Members To Write Product Reviews Backfires Badly

2 May 2017 | Entertainment

Paying users to write online reviews suppresses the number of reviews on social platforms, especially among those users who are socially well-connected and likely to be more influential, a study has more »

Researcher Says Customized Content On Political Websites Hurts Democracy

27 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

Having it your way on political websites and seeing only the content that aligns with your beliefs is not good for democracy, according to Ivan Dylko, an assistant professor in the University at Buffalo's Department of Communication and an expert in the political effects of communication more »

Snapchat & Instagram Most Popular Social Media Platforms Among American Teens

24 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

A new nationally representative survey of American teenagers age 13-17 finds that teens have shifted their favored social media platforms and are now most likely to use Instagram and Snapchat. read more »

Social Networks An Ideal Stage For Narcissists To Showcase Themselves

19 Apr 2017 | Entertainment

(Newsroom America) -- Social networks are an ideal stage for narcissists to showcase themselves. Accordingly, a lot of people with narcissistic traits are drawn to these platforms as a new study conducted by psychologists from Würzburg and Bamberg more »

When It Comes To Your Profile Picture, Let A Stranger Do The Choosing

17 Apr 2017 | Entertainment

When trying to pick the most flattering pictures for online profiles, it may be best to let a stranger do the choosing, a study more »

Study Of Sleep Apps Finds Room For Improvement

14 Apr 2017 | SciTech

An analysis of 35 popular phone-based sleep apps finds that while most help users set sleep-related goals and track and manage their sleep, few make use of other methods known to help the chronically more »

Study Finds Pokemon Go Players Are Happier, Friendlier

13 Apr 2017 | Entertainment

Pokemon Go people are happy people. That's the finding of media researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison who leapt to study the wildly popular mobile game shortly after its release in July more »

Smartphone Addiction Leads To Personal, Social, Workplace Problems

13 Apr 2017 | SciTech

Excessive smartphone use leads to problems, and females are especially susceptible to addiction, according to new more »

Who Are you on social media? New Research Examines Norms Of Online Personas

12 Apr 2017 | Entertainment

According to the Pew Research center, the majority of adults on the internet have more than one social networking profile on sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Although the core purpose of these sites are similar - to digitally connect with peers and loved ones - new research found users often adopt different personas unique to each social more »

Crowdsourcing Creates A 'Win-Win Situation', Study Finds

12 Apr 2017 | World

From Wikipedia to 99designs, and Google to LEGO, crowdsourcing has changed the way the world does business.By partnering with the masses through innovative campaigns, companies can benefit from a vast amount of expertise, enthusiasm and goodwill, rather than from paid labour. But what's in it for the crowd?read more »

Are Your Sensors Spying On You?

11 Apr 2017 | SciTech

Hackers are able to decipher PINs and passwords just from the way we tilt our phone when we are typing in the more »

Humans Born To Love Superheroes

6 Apr 2017 | Entertainment

We recognize justice before we can talk, reports a research team. The Japanese study demonstrates that human infants recognize heroic acts from early stages of development, suggesting that our sense of justice -- and likewise, adoration for heroes -- is innate. read more »

Has Music Streaming Killed The Instrumental Intro?

5 Apr 2017 | Entertainment

Remember those drawn-out, dramatic intros into the pop power ballads of the 80s? They're all but gone in today's chart toppers, according to new research, and listeners' short attention spans may be to more »

Book Purchases Of Liberals And Conservatives Reveal Partisan Division

4 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

Reader preferences for liberal or conservative political books also attract them to different types of science books, according to a new more »

Study Finds News Exposure Linked To Greater Anger Towards Muslims

3 Apr 2017 | World

New Zealanders -- whether liberal or conservative -- show both increased anger and reduced warmth towards Muslims if they are more avid news consumers, a new scientific study has more »

Researchers Find Video Games Influence Sexist Attitudes

29 Mar 2017 | Entertainment

There are distinct similarities in the way women are portrayed in many popular video games. Female characters are typically attractive, scantily clad, appear in sexually suggestive ways and generally have limited more »

Parents Who Play Pokemon GO With Kids Report Side Benefits

29 Mar 2017 | Entertainment

Parents who regularly play "Pokémon GO" with their children report a number of side benefits from playing the mobile device-based game, including increased exercise, more time spent outdoors and opportunities for family bonding, according to new University of Washington more »

Cookbooks Give Readers (Mostly) Bad Advice On Food Safety

28 Mar 2017 | SciTech

A recent study finds that bestselling cookbooks offer readers little useful advice about reducing food-safety risks, and that much of the advice they do provide is inaccurate and not based on sound more »

People Who Watch Entertainment TV More Likely To Vote For Populist Politicians

27 Mar 2017 | US Politics and Govt

People exposed to entertainment television are more likely to vote for populist politicians according to a new study co-authored by an economist at Queen Mary University of London. read more »

Why We Need To Manage The Internet Of Toys

27 Mar 2017 | World

Action is needed to monitor and control the emerging Internet of Toys, concludes a new report by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC). Privacy and security are highlighted as main areas of more »

Cooking Family Meals, Skipping TV During Those Meals Linked To Lower Odds Of Obesity

24 Mar 2017 | SciTech

Adults who don't flip on the TV during dinner and those who eat home-cooked meals are less likely to be obese, a new study has found. read more »