“Twitter is the best and Twitter is the worst.”
This was the response Dr. Marion Underwood, clinical psychologist and University of Texas at Dallas psychology professor, received from one of her 15-year-old daughter’s friends when she asked what the girl thought of the social networking juggernaut.
“I can’t get off of it,” the girl elaborated. “I can’t stop getting on Twitter.”
If these sound like the words of an “addict,” it’s because they (at least kind of) are. Underwood was inspired to take her informal poll after watching the teen in question spend the entirety of her daughter’s birthday party glued to her phone, reading and sending tweets. What’s more, she says that social media can be highly addictive. Millennials are perpetually accused of self-centeredness, but it isn’t self-promotion, in and of itself, that they’re addicted to, Underwood says. It’s the positive reinforcement they receive from peers for doing it. For some teens, however, there’s a source of reinforcement even more addictive—and elusive—than their peers: their favorite celebrities.
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Have you ever wondered what a Twitter conversation looks like from 10,000 feet? We’ve taken a picture of it for you.
By analyzing many thousands of Twitter conversations, we identified 6 different Twitter conversational archetypes. How are these networks forming? Which crowd do you run with? Take a look at our NEW REPORT on mapping Twitter conversations: http://pewrsr.ch/1oWq6Am
Facebook might understand your romantic prospects better than you do.
In a blog post published yesterday, the company’s team of data scientists announced that statistical evidence hints at budding relationships before the relationships start.
As couples become couples, Facebook data scientist Carlos Diuk writes, the two people enter a period of courtship, during which timeline posts increase. After the couple makes it official, their posts on each others’ walls decrease—presumably because the happy two are spending more time together.
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I learned something new talking to people traveling to work Milan Fashion Week today.
The second most used app backstage will be Instagram. As stylists and models capture moments to post to their own followings (although perhaps time delayed designers clamp down on leaks via social media.)
The most called upon app backstage will actually be Google Translate: it’s how stylists and their assistants (often American, British, and Italian) are able to communicate with the models (often Brazilian, Swedish.)
On Sunday, the American snowboarder Jamie Anderson won gold in Sochi’s Women’s Slopestyle event. The 23-year-old attributes her big win not just to hard work and mental focus, but also to … meditation. And yoga. And candles. And dance sessions set to Nas.
Oh, and to one more thing, too: turning off her Tinder.
Yep. The mobile hookup app—which connects people for dates or whatever else based on their geographical proximity to each other—has been, it seems, something of a distraction to the Olympians who have found themselves packed together on the shores of the Black Sea.
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The overarching mistake that adults make is assuming that social media has made teens’ lives dramatically different than in previous generations. The specific anxieties or concerns ebb and flow, twist and turn. For a while, concerns about sexual predators were front and center. Then addiction, bullying, sexting, privacy. Right now, for better or worse, the media-driven anxiety is as fragmented across topics, and teens’ engagement is fragmented across services and apps.
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I think the article makes an interesting case for suggesting that students use google+ for a “professional” profile. What do you think?
New international research suggests participation in online social media can reduce suicide rates, especially in countries rife with corruption.
In the new study, to be published in the International Journal of Web-based Communities, investigators determined that these two factors — more corruption, more social networking — also correlate with lower suicide rates.
Fully 63% of Facebook users report going on the site at least daily (with 40% logging on multiple times per day), giving it not only the highest overall percentage of users, but also the most engaged. Just 14% of Facebook users say that they visit the site less than once a week.
Happy almost 10th birthday to Facebook; we’ll have brand new stats for you early next week.
To say the least, social media is occupying more and more of our online time and in many ways is becoming a preferred method of communication. This begs the question: how do we educate today’s students on the best practices of using social networks?
- Teach blogging
- Create a social media class
- Create a virtual hallway
Kids’ online influence can be powerful, especially with the help of social media sites like YouTube and Twitter. But unlike the kids who create the content that goes on those sites, the companies that host the content are sometimes forced to weigh in on whether it’s “good” or “bad,” or more pointedly, what they should do about it.
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The growth of social networks has spawned a new business practice whereby prospective employers often review an individual’s Facebook page, or other personal social media content, as a pre-screen for the hiring process.
William Stoughton, a doctoral student at North Carolina State University, believes the organizations may be committing a breach of privacy or, at the very least, creating a negative impression of the company for potential employees.
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