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December 7, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected. See below for details.
Social networks continued their domination of our lives in 2012 with U.S. users logging more than 121 billion minutes across numerous social networks in just July of this year. Put another way, that's more than 2 billion hours of viewing vacation photos and reading about a friend's new puppy. That's up 36% from 88.4 billion minutes spent on social media in July 2011, according to Nielsen's recently released 2012 social media report. Facebook alone accounts for a major portion of that time.
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BUSINESS
January 22, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Are you jealous of everyone you know? If so, it might be time to take a break from Facebook. Scrolling through photos of other people's vacations, joyful family moments and awesome nights out may be a threat to your sense of personal happiness, say a team of German researchers in a new study titled "Envy on Facebook: A hidden threat to users' life satisfaction?" And if you are the type of person who lurks on Facebook without contributing much yourself, chances are your sense of life satisfaction is even lower, the researchers found.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2012 | By David Sarno
Pinterest may be nipping at the heels of its big brother social networks, Twitter and Facebook, with help from America's heartland. The up-and-coming photo-sharing site has become the third-most-popular social network in the U.S., according to new data from Experian's Digital Marketer report . Pinterest's traffic rose by 50% between January and February of this year, the report said. Its 21.5 million visitors in the last week of January was an audience 30 times the size of what it was six months earlier.
BUSINESS
January 7, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- After months of secrecy, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone has taken the wraps off Jelly , a new question-and-answer app for iOS and Android. The app is designed to give people answers from their social networks and will compete with similar services such as Quora. You can download Jelly by going to the company's website. What distinguishes Jelly: You can ask questions with images. Jelly is focused on images, which Stone says “add depth and context to any question.” You can crop an image, zoom in on something, even draw on the image to ask your question.
SCIENCE
November 26, 2012 | By Jon Bardin
Scientists have uncovered a key property of comatose brains that differentiates them from normal brains and may explain what goes wrong during severe brain injury. The report , published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, utilizes graph theory, which uses data to determine how well connected each part of a network is to every other part of the network. The approach has been used to study social networks like Facebook and circuit engineering for electronics.
NEWS
December 10, 2010 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times
Teenagers coping with  chronic health problems like asthma or obesity already have it tough. But a new study says they face another obstacle as well: making friends. Researchers have long known that people who have more friends tend to be healthier. Arizona State University sociologist Steven Haas wondered if the reverse was true as well. Haas and his research partners found that teenagers were less likely to say they are friends with a fellow student if he or she is sick.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Remember the good old days when all you had to worry about was what potential employers might find in a Google search? Now, some employers are asking for the keys to job applicants' virtual clubhouse so they can click around and get a better look. Reports are resurfacing about public agencies requiring applicants to allow them to log in for full access to their Facebook account. Is this in-depth social network profiling of a potential employee fair -- or legal? “I would argue that it's an invasion of privacy and violation of anti-discrimination law,” said employment attorney Amy Semmel of Kelley Semmel in Los Angeles.
NEWS
November 26, 2009 | Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler, Nicholas A. Christakis of Harvard Medical School and James H. Fowler of UC San Diego are the coauthors of and Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives."
For most people, the holiday season means spending time with friends and family. We invite them to our Thanksgiving table. We send them cards. We kiss them under the stars to usher in the new year. But we also get angry at them, deal with their demands and endure their opinions of one another. Amid all this stress, we may be tempted to abandon some of our friends or disconnect from some of our family. But that would be a mistake. We need our connections, good and bad. Every one of them.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
Facebook will be the top recipient of social media advertising spending this year, according to a survey from the Creative Group. The Menlo Park, Calif., outfit surveyed 500 advertising and marketing executives in the first quarter on how social media ad dollars will be spent. More than half said they expected companies to increase their advertising or marketing investment in Facebook. Other social networks such as Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and YouTube hovered around 40%. Marketers were also asked if they would decrease their spend on social media this year.
BUSINESS
July 17, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Here's something parents can "Like": Teens who interact with their parents on Facebook are also more likely to feel closer to them in real life. A study released this week by Brigham Young University says parents who connect with their kids on Facebook and other social networks are likely to build a stronger connection with them in real life. These teens also have higher rates of "pro social behavior," meaning they are more generous, kind and helpful to others, according to the study.
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