How Social Media Is Hurting Your Memory

Each day, hundreds of millions of people document and share their experiences on social media, from packed parties to the most intimate family moments. Social platforms let us stay in touch with friends and forge new relationships like never before, but those increases in communication and social connection may come at a cost. In a new paper published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, researchers showed that those who documented and shared their experiences on social media formed less precise memories of those events. In a series of three studies led…

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Digital Media Queens, Suchita Salwan And Priyanka Gill, Tell How To Win The Game

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A report titled ‘Mobile Internet in India 2017’ estimates the number of mobile Internet users in India to reach 478 Mn by June 2018. With such a deep Internet penetration in India,  digital media has been a growing phenomenon in India. The country’s media and entertainment (M&E) sector is poised to touch $45.1 Bn by 2021, expanding at a CAGR of over 10.5%. A PwC report revealed that the segment has undergone substantial progress since 2016, when its valuation stood at $27.3 Bn. As one of the leading names in the digital media space, POPxo and Little Black…

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Social media helps researchers get more citations: Study

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Researchers found good papers that get pushed on social media are what end up on people’s minds. A good research pushed through social media — primarily Twitter — gets more citations, a team of researchers has found. Analysing the famous academic aphorism “publish or perish” through a modern digital lens, a group of emerging ecologists and conservation scientists from the University of Alberta found good papers that get pushed on social media are what end up on people’s minds. “There’s a compelling signal that citation rates are positively associated with…

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Social media is affecting the way we view our bodies — and it’s not good

Eighty-eight percent of women said they compare themselves to images in the media — and most find the comparison unfavorable, according to new survey results. It’s no secret that social media, with its style stars and perfectly toned fitness gurus, can have a negative effect on our self-esteem. Now, new research from the Florida House Experience, a mental health and addiction treatment facility, shows just how damaging all that scrolling can be. It also reveals the different factors that affect how men and women feel about their bodies. Women, for instance, are…

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How does using social media affect our mental health?

In light of Mental Health Awareness Week, many Canadians are speaking up to stop discrimination and stigma that can surround mental illness. Matt Battochio examines how social media use can affect mental health and what secondhand exposure to tragedy can do to someone. Tragic events like the Humboldt Broncos bus crash and the Toronto van attack are devastating for so many and in the wake of such shocking incidents it’s often difficult to think of anything else. In an age where news spreads so quickly, people can also be inundated…

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Animal activism in the time of social media

For many, social media has become an outlet for spreading ill-informed social opinions and misguided facts to an audience that already agrees with one’s own ideas and concepts. This bare-minimum style of advocacy, known as slacktivism, has been on the rise and still continues to thrive. However, with the growing power of social media, it is possible that what was once a place for long rants in little pockets, today has the power to change public opinion, mobilse activists, and even galvanise movements. Social media has had a huge role to play in movements such as #ArabSpring,…

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Social media copies gambling methods ‘to create psychological cravings’

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Social media platforms are using the same techniques as gambling firms to create psychological dependencies and ingrain their products in the lives of their users, experts warn. These methods are so effective they can activate similar mechanisms as cocaine in the brain, create psychological cravings and even invoke “phantom calls and notifications” where users sense the buzz of a smartphone, even when it isn’t really there. “Facebook, Twitter and other companies use methods similar to the gambling industry to keep users on their sites,” said Natasha Schüll, the author of Addiction by…

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Online abuse of women driven by misogyny, apathetic policing of internet; time to look beyond legal recourse for solution

Misogyny has found a new platform. The barrage of trolls subjecting women to online abuse is a new menace which has reared its head in the aftermath of the social media explosion. An incident of online abuse is never a single incident. It is a form of violence against women which is recurring in nature. Not only that, the faceless trolls revel in the apathetic policing on the online space, where the focus area is on cyber-terrorism, and online abuse takes a backseat. The provisions of the Information Technology Act,…

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Time to revisit social media usage

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Between 1930 and 1931, while B. F. Skinner was a graduate student at Harvard University, he carried out an experiment on behaviour. A hungry rat was placed in a box with a lever in it. As the rat moved around the box, it accidentally knocked the lever and a food pellet dropped into the box. After a while, the rat learned to knock on the lever and obtain food. The experiment showed that when the rat got the same pellet each time, it only knocked on the lever when it…

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Fake Opinion Poll With BBC Logo Says BJP Will Win in Karnataka

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There is no reference whatsoever to this opinion poll on the BBC website, and the logo has probably been added to lend credibility to the numbers. With elections to the Karnataka assembly just around the corner, numerous pre-poll surveys have crawled out of the woodwork. One such survey is circulating on social media with the logo of BBC News attached to it. According to this opinion poll by Janta Ki Baat, the BJP is set to win Karnataka with a simple majority. The poll predicts 135 seats for the BJP, 45…

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