A team of economists at NYU found that getting off Facebook appears to improve people’s lives. Users who deactivated their accounts for a month seemed to enjoy themselves more as a result, showing decreases in depression and anxiety and improvements in happiness and life satisfaction.
Facebook made about $90 per user in the US and Canada last year.
When it rains, people publish more negative posts on Facebook. Each negative post negatively affects one to two other people. The negative post spreads like contagion, negatively affecting people’s moods in cities without rainfall. Social networks magnify the synchronisation of global moods.
Facebook’s facial recognition system was found to outperform similar systems used by the FBI. Where Facebook has a 98% accuracy rating in identifying faces, the FBI had a success rate of 85%.
There is a woman from Oklahoma who needed her leg amputated due to cancer, so she kept the limb, had it skeletonized, and now runs an Instagram account largely dedicated to taking photos of/with a former portion of her own skeleton.
New study shows 59% of links shared on social media have never actually been clicked.
Supernatural fans used the hash tag #LuciferIsComing for the 5th season premiere when Lucifer is released, but unaware Twitter users responded with numerous #GodIsHere hash tags, leading both topics to be blocked from Twitter.
Rich kids bragging on social media, such as Instagram, are unwittingly providing incriminating evidence for prosecutors about their parents’ fraud schemes. Cybersecurity firms say they have been using social media evidence to nail fraud and assets in up to 75 percent of their cases.
US teenagers aren’t into driving as much now and one theory is that social media may be taking the place of motorized transportation as virtual contact, through electronic means, reduces the need for actual contact.
According to researchers its possible to identify a legitimate psychopath based on tweets. It was found that psychopaths are more likely to use filler words like “um,” are more likely to use cause-and-effect words like “because,” and are less likely to make mention of religion or family. Because uh … um … oh, right: It signifies their emotional detachment from society or whatever. 3000 volunteers were examined via a personality test that classified their tweets within three traits. 41 were identified as possible psychopaths. After follow-up testing, more than half were confirmed.