Hispanics are more likely to use social media than the rest of the U.S. population. Overall 80% of U.S. Hispanic adults use social media, compared to 72% for the country overall, including 70% for non-Hispanic whites and 75% for African Americans.» 0 Comments
Although Ukraine and Venezuela are getting the lion's share of Western news coverage, some of the most innovative uses of social media are in Thailand, where anti-government protesters are targeting financial interests associated with the current regime.» 0 Comments
Social media is a great channel for disseminating information, which also means it's a great channel for spreading disinformation. To combat the spread of lies online, academic researchers are working on a social media lie detector.» 1 Comments
Americans love social media, but they don't consider it a reliable source of information when it comes to buying cars, according to new research. That's in contrast to car buyers in other countries, for example China, where social media is a major influence on car-buying decisions.» 2 Comments
Cyber-bullying is a major online problem. While 31% of teens reported being the victim of online bullying, only 41% of these have told an adult. And, per a recent Cox survey, one in 10 reported having bullied someone online.» 0 Comments
This year the only real contest at the Super Bowl was between the ads. Analysis outfit Touchstorm declared the winners - as far as YouTube is concerned - with Budweiser's puppy spot, Coca-Cola's "America the Beautiful" and Jaguar's #GoodtoBeBad taking the top three spots.» 0 Comments
With Valentine's Day looming in all its fraught, nerve-wracking glory, everyone is thinking about sex and romance even more than usual. Happily, there is a mountain of research into the effects of digital media on our love lives.» 0 Comments
Everyone knows social networks are great for sharing information, but this facility extends to entire thought processes, as it enables a kind of cognitive copycat phenomenon, undermining our true analytical skills.
The finds, per a new study published in the journal of the Royal Society, is titled “Analytical Reasoning Task Reveals Limits of Social Learning in Networks.” Researchers at the University of Oregon grouped 100 subjects into five “social networks” with 20 members each. The social networks were structured to have different levels of “connectivity,” controlling the extent and frequency of interaction between subjects.