The Pressure to Be Liked: Popularity and Stress in Social Media

If you are reading this, chances are that you found your way to this article through Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or some other form of social media. In a statistic published by Pew Research Internet Project, of the 74% of online adults who use social media, 89% of this users are between the ages of 18-29. Therefore, I’m going to assume that you’re like me and that you have had some

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Can violence on Social Media Be Censored?

In the span of an hour, I have seen my sweet three-year-old godson who lives in South Carolina singing a song he learned in his class and photos of the triplets a college acquaintance in Atlanta, Georgia had months ago. I know that one of my friends across town is on a new exercise plan despite having not seen her in over a week. I know that some of my

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Social Media Turns TV Into an Interactive, Global Pastime

I remember TV before social media — and I’m not even 30 years old. A lot has changed in how TV is viewed and how fans interact with programming, especially in the last few years. Once upon a time, a family sat down in the living room and watched a show, and talked about it with their close friends or coworkers. Today, there’s a global community, and you can talk

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Circle Jerking in a Social Media Filter Bubble

The social web is kind of a mess. Whether it’s a regimented space like Facebook, or a more laissez faire environment like Reddit, people post a lot of garbage. From baseless information, bad statistics, and fear mongering news articles, to outright racist diatribes. And two big concept are at fault: circle jerking and the filter bubble. Circle Jerk: “When a bunch of blowhards – usually politicians – get together for

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