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Media - 14.12.2023
Playful reading on paper helps understanding more than if it is done through digital media
Playful reading on paper helps understanding more than if it is done through digital media
A study by the Interdisciplinary Reading Research Structure (ERI) of the University of Valencia (UV) concludes that reading for leisure on paper helps comprehension more than if it is done with digital media. The work, published in the Review of Educational Research magazine, the most prestigious in educational policies, and in which more than 450,000 people have participated, also concludes that in primary and secondary schools reading should be encouraged, especially in printed format.

Media - Social Sciences - 01.12.2023
Hidden structure in networks like Twitter
New findings could help explain how social media content appears in our feeds Researchers at the University of Sydney have discovered new structural relationships in complex networks, such as X (formerly Twitter) and political blogs, that could help explain the digital flow of information. Their research published in the latest issue of the journal PNAS Nexus introduces a new method capable of identifying and classifying relationships in networks.

Astronomy / Space - Media - 28.11.2023
'tilted' planets even in pristine solar systems
’tilted’ planets even in pristine solar systems
Understanding that even planets in pristine solar systems have some orbital tilt puts Earth's solar system into a larger perspective, researchers say. Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with LinkedIn Share this with Email Scientists have long puzzled over why all of the planets in Earth's solar system have slightly slanted orbits around the sun.

Media - 02.11.2023
In online news, do mouse clicks speak louder than words?
Partisan media might deepen political polarization, but we should measure people's media habits more carefully before drawing conclusions, researchers say. In a polarized country, how much does the media influence people's political views? A new study co-authored by MIT scholars finds the answer depends on people's media preferences - and, crucially, how these preferences are measured.

Politics - Media - 06.10.2023
Interaction between debates in the Dutch House of Representatives and social media
What is the dynamic between political debate in the Dutch House of Representatives and reactions, commentary and framing on social media? Academics of the Utrecht University Faculty of Humanities and Data School, investigated this question. The researchers analysed data from various public sources: publicly accessible groups and accounts on X (previously Twitter) and Telegram where the Dutch language is used.

Media - 27.09.2023
Problem drinking linked to alcohol on social media
A University of Queensland study highlights a direct link between young people's exposure to alcohol-related social media content and problem drinking. The study led by PhD candidate Brandon (Hsu-Chen) Cheng from UQ's Australian National Centre for Youth Substance Use Research examined results from 30 international studies of more than 19,000 people aged 24 and younger.

Health - Media - 11.09.2023
How our number of sexual partners changes as we age
How our number of sexual partners changes as we age
A new study involving UCL that aims to inform mathematical models of sexually transmitted infections shows how the number of sexual partners we have changes as we age, with some surprising findings. A team from the UCL Institute of Health Informatics, the University of East Anglia (UEA) and King's College London surveyed more than 5,000 people aged 18 years and older during the 2022 mpox (previously known as "monkeypox") outbreak.

Media - 24.08.2023
Tuning the tension: Negative feedback could moderate extreme views on social media, per U-M research
"Downvotes” and "dislikes” from peers could moderate extreme rhetoric and mitigate echo chambers among social media users, according to new research from the University of Michigan. The study finds such "feedback can serve as the whip that regulates the polarization of opinions by encouraging users to moderate their tone.

Media - Social Sciences - 07.08.2023
Using social media to raise awareness of women’s resources
An experiment in Egypt suggests ways to spread information for women facing domestic violence. The Covid-19 pandemic created a global increase in domestic violence against women. Now, an MIT-led experiment designed with that fact in mind shows that some forms of social media can increase awareness among women about where to find resources and support for addressing domestic violence.

Media - 25.07.2023
International panel studying strategies to address social media misinformation
Researchers with the newly formed International Panel on the Information Environment (IPIE) have found scientific consensus that content labels and corrective information can help people identify and evaluate social media misinformation-but little consensus about strategies to mitigate its negative effects.

Social Sciences - Media - 20.07.2023
#BodyPositivity: More acceptance for different bodies
#BodyPositivity: More acceptance for different bodies
Social media play an important role in users' perception of the ideal body - often leading them in an unhealthy direction. Researchers at the University of Würzburg have investigated how this can be counteracted . How can social media contribute to a more diverse concept of body shapes and physical attractiveness? The answer is: body-positive content.

Media - 20.07.2023
Some people believe scientists threaten their group’s power, values
Increasingly divisive messages about science have led some people to see scientists as a group that is "for” or "against” their political or religious social groups, according to new research. This skepticism is happening despite scientists having diverse backgrounds, expertise and identities, said study co-author Ariel Hasell , assistant professor of communication and media at the University of Michigan.

Media - 11.07.2023
Reviewing evidence improves crowdworkers’ misinformation judgments, reduces partisan bias
Study: Searching for or reviewing evidence improves crowdworkers' misinformation judgments and reduces partisan bias People make better and less biased judgments about misinformation after searching the internet for corroborating evidence, according to a new University of Michigan study. If members of a large panel of people, described as lay raters or crowdworkers, each make independent judgments after conducting online searches, the research indicates they would make better judgments than a small panel of journalists.

Media - Politics - 07.06.2023
Next position Eastern Europe?
Next position Eastern Europe?
Researchers used Linkedin data to track where professionals want to move within the EU For professionals looking for a new job, Eastern European countries have not been very attractive so far. That's the finding of a study by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany, together with a Dutch colleague.

Media - 06.06.2023
Social media 'trust'/'distrust' buttons could reduce spread of misinformation
Social media ’trust’/’distrust’ buttons could reduce spread of misinformation
The addition of 'trust' and 'distrust' buttons on social media, alongside standard 'like' buttons, could help to reduce the spread of misinformation, finds a new experimental study led by UCL researchers. Incentivising accuracy cut in half the reach of false posts, according to the findings published in eLife.

Media - Social Sciences - 01.06.2023
Preexisting stereotypes influence entertainment selection
Study abstract: Preexisting stereotypes and selection of counter-stereotypical genius representations in entertainment media Entertainment media has increasingly featured diverse representations that have the potential to combat harmful social stereotypes, but a new University of Michigan study raises questions about how effective they can be in the current media landscape.

Health - Media - 30.05.2023
Facebook fitness and Insta-vitamins
A new study led by researchers from the University of Sydney has found young women's engagement with social media plays a major role in shaping how they think - and act - in relation to their health. The research, published in the peer reviewed journal Health Marketing Quarterly , studied 30 women aged between 18 and 35 during the 2021 COVID-19 lockdowns to understand the factors influencing them to adopt diet and exercise messages on social media platforms Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.

Media - 12.05.2023
Hoe vloek jy? How do you swear?
Hoe vloek jy? How do you swear?
Study to investigate swearing and bilingualism in South Africa A study by the University of Vienna, in collaboration with researchers from South Africa and the United Kingdom, is investigating the different emotional responses bilingual people have towards swear words in their different languages. The study will focus on English-Afrikaans bilingualism, examining the perceptions of swear words and swearing behaviors of English-Afrikaans bilinguals in South Africa.

Health - Media - 12.05.2023
Smoke signals
Smoke signals
Smoke signals: Reddit users concerned by health risks of vaping Researchers use artificial intelligence to analyze thousands of posts on the popular online forum, gaining valuable insights into how people think about vaping A new artificial intelligence analysis of thousands of posts from the popular online discussion forum Reddit reveals that vapers are concerned about e-cigarettes' possible impact on everything from their respiratory, gastrointestinal, and cardiovascular systems to their mental and sexual health and sleep patterns.

Media - 21.04.2023
Social media data provides first glimpse at increased popularity of air conditioning worldwide
With temperatures rising worldwide, more and more people globally consider air-conditioning an essential element of living. However, air-conditioning units are also rather power-hungry and are likely to increase energy consumption in areas where they are used often. To limit the impact of air-conditioners on our energy grids and our climate, we need data to better understand where they're sold globally.