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Research Reveal Ways In Which Social Media Can Affect Your Mental Health

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It Creates Unrealistic Expectations About Life

Things we see in places like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter—is often a window into exaggerated and even misleading versions of peoples’ lives.

People surveyed across the United Kingdom, Spain, France and Italy and found that over 66 percent of the people surveyed make posts on social media designed to make it look like their lives are more interesting and adventure-filled than they actually are.

52 percent of British people surveyed said they post pictures specifically to make their friends and families jealous. Self-images and self-worth are distorted until we realize we can’t live up to what we’ve created about ourselves on the Internet. It’s a vicious cycle.

It Makes Us Sadder

Studies are becoming increasingly clear: these “social connections” actually increase our mental anxieties and stress.

Another study conducted by the Young Health Movement and the Royal Society for Public Health surveyed found that 14 to 24-year-olds believe that social media is worsening bullying, body image anxiety, and feelings of depression and loneliness. Instagram was found to be the worst offender.

 

It Makes You Irrationally Jealous

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Example

Ernie from high school that you never thought was going to go anywhere in life has somehow managed to make a living traveling the world and experiencing the finer things in life — all through a glorious set of perfectly curated filters.

And you? You work in an office. You get two vacations a year—every year—and you usually spend them in bed, hiding away from the world outside for a couple days. Ugh.

A study conducted last year by Kaspersky Lab showed that the more people use social media, the more jealous they become of their peers.

Ruined Relationships

A study from researchers at the University of Michigan examined the association between attachment insecurity and electronic intrusion (unhealthy stalking of peoples’ significant others using social media). The researchers found that, in high schoolers, higher levels of attachment anxiety (and trust issues) were associated with more frequent use of electronic intrusion. Meaning that the more you use social media, the more likely you are to be too far up your significant other—shocker—the less likely you are to trust one another.

It’s Highly Addictive

Its creators specifically designed them to be addictive.

 

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Security Company ZeroFOX Located Nearly 90,000 Accounts On Twitter In A Porn Spam Bot Network

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Researchers that tracked hundreds of thousands of bots on Twitter named the spam Siren after Greek mythology. 

Spammers on social media create botnets, which are collections of accounts controlled by a central command. A bot is any account that is controlled not by an organic user but by some form of automation. Although the vast majority of individual bots are benign, they can be coordinated as botnets and weaponized to distribute despicable links such as phishing campaigns, malware, ransomware, fraudulent surveys, spamruns, malicious apps that hijack control of the victim’s accounts, and spam websites that pay for clicks.

 Botnet attacks used to be confined to emails, with individual victims, but now it’s a free-for-all on social media. With 2 billion people on Facebook, spammers are seeing social networks as the next target. Unlike with emails, when spam gets posted on Facebook or Twitter, it’s publicly available for everyone else to see, not just the recipient.

The Siren bots would work around anti-spam measures by disguising the URLs through some link laundering: First, the URL would get shortened through Twitter, giving the spammer a t.co link. That short link would then get redirected to a goo.gl URL and was able to bypass Twitter and Google’s anti-spam detection

Researchers Study Inequality & Twitter

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Johnnatan Messias at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil and a few pals began the study began by filtering the Twitter stream during the three months to September 2016. In total, they collected 341,457,982 tweets posted by 50,270,310 users.

They filtered this by time zone, geolocation, and those with a profile picture to leave them with 1.6 million users based in the U.S. They then fed the pictures through a state-of-the-art face recognition application called Face++, which reports the sex and race (black, white, or Asian) of each user. The overall makeup  of the group revealed that  53 percent were women and 47 percent men. It also revealed the race breakdown, which was 18 percent Asian, 14 percent black, and 68 percent white. Messias and co began by looking at the ratios of men and women who had the most followers on Twitter. Of the top 1 percent of Twitter users with the most followers, 57 percent were male and 43 percent female. Researchers say inequalities surfaced when the group studied the distribution of races among the most popular Twitter users. “At the highest levels of [Twitter] visibility, users perceived to be White come out on top position.”

The most privileged group turns out to be white males, who are overrepresented by 20 percent among popular Twitter users. White females are also more privileged albeit to much lesser extent, just 3 percent. The most underprivileged groups are Asian females and black females, who are underrepresented by 31 percent.

Moreover, The study reveals that there are significant biases in the way genders and races link to each other. This is an effect known as “homophily”—the tendency of people to seek out others like themselves.  White people tend to follow more white people than expected by a margin of 16 percent. Black people tend to follow more black people than expected by a very significant margin of over 200 percent. However, Asian people tend to follow fewer Asian people than expected by a margin of 10 percent.

What Happened To The United States Of America ?

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This is Some Weird & Sick Mess!

 

 

Twitter Is Springing A Live Video & News Service

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The social media company is teaming up with Bloomberg for a 24/7 streaming live video news service created by Bloomberg exclusively for Twitter. According to The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and Twitter will announce the deal later Monday. The deal with Bloomberg is expected to result in the 24/7 service by the coming fall.

Twitter’s Live API

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Twitter’s Live API will work similarly to the Facebook Live API that launched last April to connect professional equipment to the social medium. Big video cameras, editing boards, desktop editing software, satellite vans and more will be able to broadcast directly to Twitter through the API.

Twitter’s new tool for live video is aimed at larger media publishers and broadcasters. The Producer API, as it’s called, will allow professional publishers to connect their equipment to Twitter in order to stream live video directly to its network.

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The Organizers Behind The Women’s March Announced A Forthcoming Strike On Twitter

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The proposed date of the strike, dubbed “A Day Without A Woman,” is still to come.

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