Tagged: Social media

Why social media are more like chocolate than cigarettes - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 09, 2018

Babak Abedin, University of Technology Sydney This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey took to the social platform last week to announce a call-out for ideas about how to measure the health of online conversations. The initiative follows recent demands for government to regulate the … Read More

Opinion: Turn off the TV - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Mar 01, 2018

When I was ten years old, a traveling brass band came to town. My primary school class trotted down to the town hall, and there we listened to a spectacular concert, our eyes wide and and our attention unwavering. Finally, the band readied themselves for the last song. “This is one you’ll all recognise,” said the conductor, “Put your hand … Read More

Does science blogging still matter? Yes. Yes, it does. - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Feb 07, 2018

That’s the premise of an article in Nature (Brown & Woolston, 2018), which I discovered via the excellent Debunking Denialism on Facebook (and if that’s not a good example of how various social media are interlinked, I don’t know what is). Since mine is a science blog, obviously I was interested in the Nature narrative. Brown & Woolston believe … Read More

How Facebook could really fix itself - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 05, 2018

Bhaskar Chakravorti, Tufts University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Facebook has a world of problems. Beyond charges of Russian manipulation and promoting fake news, the company’s signature social media platform is under fire for being addictive, causing anxiety and depression, and even instigating human rights … Read More

Online social networks can help fight social anxiety - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 02, 2018

Eva Buechel, University of South Carolina This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Ever since online social networks were first created, people have wondered why they’re popular and how they affect users. Researchers, practitioners and social commentators have expressed concern that they reduce more meaningful face-to-face interaction, leaving … Read More

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

Guest Author 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