August 14, 2013 |
Don't press the like button: Facebook is a bummer that makes us feel worse about our lives, according to new research. Facebook users in a study led by the University of Michigan wound up feeling worse about themselves after two weeks, and their moment-to-moment mood darkened the more they browsed the social medium. It didn't seem to matter how big their network was, how supportive they thought their friends were, nor why they went to Facebook in the first place, according to the study published online Wednesday in PLOS One . "We were able to show on a moment-to-moment basis throughout the day how people's mood fluctuated depending on their Facebook usage,” said University of Michigan social psychologist Ethan Kross, lead author of the study.
March 12, 2014 |
The National Security Agency has reportedly used automated systems to infect user computers with malware since 2010, according to a Wednesday report. And at times the agency pretended to be Facebook to install its malware. The NSA has been using a program codenamed TURBINE to contaminate computers and networks with malware "implants" capable of spying on users, according to The Intercept , which cited documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. Between 85,000 and 100,000 of these implants have been deployed worldwide thus far, the report said.
May 18, 2010 |
With his gaze fixed on a tiny screen, hearing plugged by earbuds and fingers flying, the average teenager may look like a disaster in the making: socially stunted, terminally distracted and looking for trouble. But look beyond the dizzying array of beeping, buzzing devices and the incessant multitasking, say psychologists, and today's digital kids may not be such a disaster after all. Far from hampering adolescents' social skills or putting them in harm's way, as many parents have feared, electronics appear to be the path by which children today develop emotional bonds, their own identities, and an ability to communicate and work with others.
June 26, 2012 |
It was kind of creepy, but it also had potential to be useful. But in the end it didn't matter because Facebook has pulled Find Friends Nearby as unceremoniously as it debuted it. After the feature was introduced to the world Sunday by one of the Facebook engineers who created it, Facebook pulled the feature not long after, taking it offline the very next day. Find Friends Nearby was definitely not a polished final product, but the feature...
February 7, 2014 |
When John Berlin scrolled through Facebook this week, he, like almost everyone else, saw auto-generated highlight videos of friends' histories on the site. He kept seeing the name and photo of one person who didn't seem to have a highlight reel of his own: Berlin's son, who died two years ago at age 21. “I got to watch mine and my wife's and my kids', and Jesse's picture would pop up in them,” Berlin said by phone Friday from the family home in Arnold, Mo. “I found myself looking at his friends' videos next.” But Berlin wanted Facebook's take on Jesse's own memorable moments.
August 6, 2011 |
Facebook is great for reconnecting with old friends from high school and college. But for those still in school, the popular networking site could do more harm than good. That's according to Larry Rosen, a psychologist at Cal State Dominguez Hills who's been studying the effect of technology on people for more than 25 years. Recently, he's done several studies on how the social networking site affects children. He made his case Saturday at the American Psychological Assn.'s annual convention in Washington, D.C. on Saturday.