Social grooming factors influencing social media civility on COVID-19

A new study analyzing tweets about COVID-19 found that users with larger social networks tend to use fewer uncivil remarks when they have more positive responses from others. The study, which used computer-assisted content analysis, is published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. Bumsoo Kim, Ph.D., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel), is the author of “Effects of Social Grooming […]

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Expert offers social distancing tips for COVID-19 outbreak

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread into more American communities, public health officials are asking individuals to practice social distancing to slow the spread of the pandemic. Universities and businesses have been instructed to support social distancing by allowing for remote classes, telecommuting and paid sick leave wherever possible. A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and […]

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Social networks: Less makes you happy

For two weeks, 20 minutes less time per day on Facebook To a invited this Experiment, researchers from Bonn nearly 140 test persons. The participation was rewarded; Afterwards they moved more, smoked less and were more satisfied. The positive effects were felt three months later. People who had reduced their time in the social network, took advantage of the platform […]

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Social scientist uncovers patterns of opioid misuse

Psychology professor Kaston Anderson-Carpenter, a behavioral and social scientist at Michigan State University, is uncovering an alarming pattern of prescription opioid misuse among certain groups of underrepresented veterans. Published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, the study identifies a pattern of significant increases in the misuse of prescription opioids among bisexual veterans —especially bisexual women veterans—and veterans 50 years […]

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In some children with autism, ‘social’ and ‘visual’ neural circuits don’t quite connect

Among the first and most-documented symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a child’s aversion to interaction with others. Specifically, they appear uninterested in social activities and stimuli that would normally attract a young child’s attention, such as watching other children play, sing or dance. In a new study, published online December 17, 2019 in the journal eLife, researchers at […]

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Tendency to correlate uptick in suicides and social media is not backed by data

Are smartphones and screen media behind the rise in adolescent suicide and dysphoria—or are economic and parental pressures just as likely contributors? The recent increases in adolescent suicide in the United States have raised concerns about the effects of heavy online screen-media use. Some researchers have suggested that the elevated suicide rate and depression among adolescents and young adults reflect […]

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How social connectedness affects health

Many Americans do not realize that what takes place in the formal healthcare system only affects 15 percent of the outcomes for an individual and their family. The other 85 percent is attributed to our social determinants of health, or SDOH, which include the social and economic barriers that people experience such as housing issues, food insecurity, transportation and mobility […]

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Women are being driven to the brink by Britain’s social care crisis

Women are being driven to the brink by Britain’s social care crisis, with shocking figures revealing female carers are at higher risk of depression, loneliness and insomnia NHS survey of 50,800 unpaid carers found that 68% of them are female Half said they were not able to eat or sleep properly for lack of time Meanwhile 48% felt depressed and […]

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Scientists discover complex connections between social dynamics and diseases

Large gatherings—from music festivals to religious pilgrimages to sporting events—have long been known to increase risks of infectious disease outbreaks. Now results from an NSF-funded study led by UC Berkeley researchers associate even small-scale community gatherings with increased transmission of diarrheal diseases. The results are published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Gatherings at events can create environmental and social […]

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