Tagged: Social media

Social media can be bad for youth mental health, but there are ways it can help - Guest Work

Guest Work Dec 13, 2017

Jo Robinson, University of Melbourne; Eleanor Bailey, University of Melbourne, and Sadhbh Byrne, University of Melbourne Young people spend a lot of time on social media. They’re also more susceptible to peer pressure, low self-esteem and mental ill-health. A number of studies have found associations between increased social media use … Read More

Attitudes and antibiotics - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Nov 20, 2017

A recent FB post from Stuff discussed the rising concerns about the evolution of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. (This is something that Siouxsie Wiles has often written about: here and here, for example; her excellent book on the subject is reviewed here.) Fairly predictably, it didn’t take long for the proponents of essential oils to turn up, soon to be joined by the … Read More

‘Pregnancy isn’t a death event’ – social media’s window to the dark side - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Oct 03, 2017

Today I was on leave and, the weather being bad, thought I’d do a bit of catching up on the news. And so it was that I found, on the Stuff FB page, an item about the (lack of) funding for cutting-edge cancer drugs. So far, so innocuous (although also somewhat sad) – until I read the comments.  For there, I … Read More

How do emojis change our communication? - The Psychology Report

Sarb Johal Apr 03, 2017

In this Psychology Report, I talked with Dr Michael Philipp of Massey University School of Psychology here in New Zealand. Michael and his students are interested in how emoji and emoticons are used in computer based communication – so, those emails tweets and Facebook posts – that kind of thing. You can listen to the podcast as well … Read More

Trump’s victory – why the surprise, why the anger? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Nov 10, 2016

This morning my social media threads seem full of emotional outbursts, even hatred, and the ripping of garments. All over the results of the US presidential elections. But I have to ask – why this emotion? Why the surprise? And why blame the voters. Why the surprise? Surely a Trump victory was on the cards – even a strong possibility? … Read More

Social media’s dark side - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Nov 08, 2015

Social media has become an integral part of many peoples lives and provide many benefits – wider access to information, an introduction  to those with similar interests, and exposure to new ideas. However, it also has a dark side which can be seen in the vicious and cruel comments which appear on Twitter as well as platforms such as Facebook and … Read More

Why the internet annoys chemists - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 10, 2015

Here are some of chemists’ pet peeves about discussion on social media and the internet in general. The list is from the article  5 simple chemistry facts that everyone should understand before talking about science posted on the blog The Logic of Science. Everyone who has attempted to discuss issues like vaccination or fluoridation with opponents will have come across these … Read More

The Social Media Challenge - Up and Atom

Kimberley Collins Aug 21, 2015

The hardest part of encouraging scientists to use social media is finding good data. Pew Internet is my go-to source for trustworthy information on how people are using social media. Their most recent report on mobile messaging and social media asked 1907 American adults how they use the internet, social media, and for the first time – mobile messaging … Read More