Posts Tagged ‘facebook’

How Facebook can make you fat

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Participating in online social networks can have a detrimental effect on consumer well-being by lowering self-control among certain users, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research.

“Using online social networks can have a positive effect on self-esteem and well-being. However, these increased feelings of self-worth can have a detrimental effect on behaviour. Because consumers care about the image they present to close friends, social network use enhances self-esteem in users who are focused on close friends while browsing their social network,” authors Keith Wilcox (Columbia University) and Andrew T. Stephen (University of Pittsburgh) wrote.

“This momentary increase in self-esteem leads them to display less self-control after browsing a social network,” they added.

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Social networks could be used to track disease outbreaks

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Social media could be used to track an event or phenomenon, such as flu outbreaks and rainfall rates, according to new research.

Social networks, such as Facebook and microblogging services like Twitter, have only been around for a short time but in that time they have provided shapshots of real life by forming, electronically, public expression and interaction.

The research by Professor Nello Cristianini and Vasileios Lampos at the University of Bristol`s Intelligent Systems Laboratory, geo-tagged user posts on the microblogging service of Twitter as their input data to investigate two case studies.

The first case study looked at levels of rainfall in a given location and time using the content of tweets. The second case study collected regional flu-like illness rates from tweets to find out if an epidemic was emerging.

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