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Social Media: An Epidemic of Narcissism

Social Media: An Epidemic of Narcissism | Psychology and Social Networking | Scoop.it
The problem with social media is it's pretty narcissistic. The various social media channels seem to beckon for updates such as "What's going on? Where you have been?" But what is the motivation? Are we genuinely sharing?
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What does social networking tell us about ourselves, what can psychology do to help us understand social networking?
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Twitter and the Social Unconscious: how tweets and blogs go far beyond the individual

Twitter and the Social Unconscious: how tweets and blogs go far beyond the individual | Psychology and Social Networking | Scoop.it
What does twitter tell us about our social unconscious? Studies are just beginning to scratch the surface of the meaning behind the cacophony of noise we humans put online, but what might be the meaning behind this collective activity?
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luiy's curator insight, April 8, 2013 8:37 AM

The coolest I’ve found yet (thanks to David Patman) has been the We Feel Fine project defined as “an exploration of human emotion, in six movements. This project searches weblogs across the world for words associated with the statements “I feel” and “I am feeling” and records the feeling associated with that statement”. To quote from their website:

The result is a database of several million human feelings, increasing by 15,000 – 20,000 new feelings per day. Using a series of playful interfaces, the feelings can be searched and sorted across a number of demographic slices, offering responses to specific questions like: do Europeans feel sad more often than Americans? Do women feel fat more often than men? Does rainy weather affect how we feel? What are the most representative feelings of female New Yorkers in their 20s? What do people feel about right now in Baghdad? What were people feeling on Valentines’ Day? Which are the happiest cities in the world? The saddest? And so on.

There is a stunning graphic in which you can see, in real time, groupings and clusterings of feelings as they occur. Interestingly, you can filter your searches by feeling, gender, age, weather, location or date, and then view your search in a variety of visually interesting ways.

When I looked at it at 8:55 on Tuesday morning the 3rd of July I could see that in Britain the dominant feeling was “better” (circa 130,000 people) followed by “bad” (93,000 then) “good” (77,000). By clicking on individual nodes, you can even gain access to the original text. By doing this, you can get a great deal of detail about the context, as well as the feeling tone. The creators Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar should be highly commended for this work.

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The Psycho-Cultural Secrets of Online Motivation |

The Psycho-Cultural Secrets of Online Motivation | | Psychology and Social Networking | Scoop.it
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This year’s Social Media Week London was an extraordinary event featuring more on the intersection between psychology and technology than ever before. Below you can see the webcast of an event conceived by Chinwag Psyche with Nathalie Nahai myself which looks at how the psychology of culture and the individual fundamentally affect the way we operate online, the decisions we make online, and the meanings we make of our online experience. Nathalie takes to the stage first (despite the embed reading “Part 2″) to discuss how different cultures utilise web interfaces differently. This is followed by me (despite the embed reading “Part 1″) discussing the unconscious motivations of the individual. Unfortunately, about three minutes have been cut off the first part of my talk: and yes, it was hot in there.

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“Tip-of-the-Tongue Syndrome,” Transactive Memory, and How the Internet Is Making Us Smarter

“Tip-of-the-Tongue Syndrome,” Transactive Memory, and How the Internet Is Making Us Smarter | Psychology and Social Networking | Scoop.it
"A public library keeps no intentional secrets about its mechanisms; a search engine keeps many."

"The dangerous time when mechanical voi
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Cell Internet Use 2013 | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

57% of American adults use their cell phone to go online. 21% of cell phone owners say they mostly access the internet using their phone.
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John Naughton's top 10 books about the internet

John Naughton's top 10 books about the internet | Psychology and Social Networking | Scoop.it
From novels to manifestos and jeremiads, the author and academic selects the best reading about the network that is shaping our world
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Jonathan Franzen: what's wrong with the modern world

Jonathan Franzen: what's wrong with the modern world | Psychology and Social Networking | Scoop.it
While we are busy tweeting, texting and spending, the world is drifting towards disaster, believes Jonathan Franzen, whose despair at our insatiable technoconsumerism echoes the apocalyptic essays of the satirist Karl Kraus – 'the Great Hater'...
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Facebook peer groups may be useful for HIV education - NBC News.com

Facebook peer groups may be useful for HIV education - NBC News.com | Psychology and Social Networking | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Groups on the popular networking site Facebook may help educate men about HIV prevention and testing, a new...
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Where Teens Seek Online Privacy Advice | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

Teens often rely on themselves and the guidance they get from the websites they use to figure out how to manage their privacy online—but when they do seek advice, they go primarily to peers and parents.
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72% of Online Adults are Social Networking Site Users | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

Social networking sites remain most popular among young adults, but other age groups continue to increase their engagement
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How low-paid workers at 'click farms' create appearance of online popularity

How low-paid workers at 'click farms' create appearance of online popularity | Psychology and Social Networking | Scoop.it
Investigation finds fake Facebook 'likes' and Twitter followers could be misleading consumers
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Man arrested after days of outcry over Twitter rape threats (Wired UK)

Man arrested after days of outcry over Twitter rape threats (Wired UK) | Psychology and Social Networking | Scoop.it
A man has been arrested after a feminist campaigner was deluged with rape threats and graphic abuse on Twitter
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Twitter Reaction to Events Often at Odds with Overall Public Opinion

Twitter Reaction to Events Often at Odds with Overall Public Opinion | Psychology and Social Networking | Scoop.it
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Active and Passive Online Identities: how we show up to ourselves and others in the digital world |

Active and Passive Online Identities: how we show up to ourselves and others in the digital world | | Psychology and Social Networking | Scoop.it
When it comes to online or digital identities, we find ourselves in a whole new ballgame. That's because the digital world gives us a whole new way in which to play with, explore, and share our identities.
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Online Dating & Relationships | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

One in ten Americans have used an online dating site or mobile dating app; 66% of them have gone on a date with someone they met through a dating site or app, and 23% have met a spouse or long term partner through these sites.
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Who’s Not Online and Why | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

15% of American adults do not use the internet at all, and another 9% of adults use the internet but not at home.
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Is the Internet making us more lonely or less lonely? Yes.

Is the Internet making us more lonely or less lonely? Yes. | Psychology and Social Networking | Scoop.it
Some critics have raised the question of whether Facebook and Twitter are making us more lonely and disconnected from one another.
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The internet: is it changing the way we think?

The internet: is it changing the way we think? | Psychology and Social Networking | Scoop.it
Writers, academics and scientists respond to Nicholas Carr's claim that the internet is physically altering our brains. By John Naughton
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Anonymity, Privacy, and Security Online | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

86% of online adults have taken steps to avoid surveillance by other people or organizations when using the internet. Despite precautions, 21% have had an email or social media account hijacked and 11% have had vital information stolen.
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Location-Based Services | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

More social media users are adding location information to their posts, and most smartphone owners use location-based information services.
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Anonymity, Privacy, and Security Online | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

86% of online adults have taken steps to avoid surveillance by other people or organizations when using the internet. Despite precautions, 21% have had an email or social media account hijacked and 11% have had vital information stolen.
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Laércio Bento's curator insight, September 13, 2013 3:11 AM

Privacidade e mídias sociais

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Broadcast Yourselfie: How teens use social media and why it matters to you - Brian Solis

Broadcast Yourselfie: How teens use social media and why it matters to you - Brian Solis | Psychology and Social Networking | Scoop.it
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What is turning so many young men into internet trolls?

What is turning so many young men into internet trolls? | Psychology and Social Networking | Scoop.it
Sometimes it's boredom. Sometimes a need for attention, or a grievance against a world that is passing them by. But, asks Claire Hardaker, an academic specialist in online behaviour, how should we treat these disparate kinds of abuser?
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Twitter abuse: what can be done to stop trolling?

Twitter abuse: what can be done to stop trolling? | Psychology and Social Networking | Scoop.it
Should you report abuse messages to Twitter or the police? Should you block or shame trolls? A look at possible solutions for users who receive threats and violent messages online
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What teens share on social media | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

What teens share on social media | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project | Psychology and Social Networking | Scoop.it
Among teen social media users, percent who post the following to the profile they use most often
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What does Pew's Twitter analysis mean for social media research?

What does Pew's Twitter analysis mean for social media research? | Psychology and Social Networking | Scoop.it
It’s all too easy to use your blog or Twitter account to only draw attention to studies that back up what you’re selling. Among those working in social media in some form, it would probably be a ra...
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Video debating site hopes to help banish trolls from net

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