Category Archives: Social Media & Psychology

How Far Will You Go to Create Your Desired Social Media Image?

Mashable reports on a Japanese company that offers ‘friends’ for rent. Family Romance markets their service to those looking for people to pose in their social media photos with them. The company notes benefits of increased likes, comments and a … Continue reading

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“How Your Brain Makes Articles Go Viral”

For every ice bucket challenge, there lay a million other digital initiative hopefuls that never get off the ground. But as has been frustratingly asked in countless company war rooms – WHY!? And how, as we discussed in class, can … Continue reading

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What Children’s Faces Show and the Poignancy of Visual Storytelling

Certain photos jump out at us while others seem as props or passing furniture in the warp and woof of everyday life, such as walking down Market or Walnut Streets as pedestrians parade along the sidewalk on the way to … Continue reading

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Eyes on the Prize–What Your Fovea Say About Your Engagement

Software that tracks a viewer’s habits through a monitor attached to the TV offered by TVision Insights. Gladwell traced eye focus back to Sesame Street’s use of the Distractor that measured “stickiness” to the pre-schoolers watching the show in his book, … Continue reading

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Selfitis: A Mental Disorder or Fake News?

What is a healthy amount of posts? How do we measure the mental health of a user? In selfies? Many people and experts in the mental health field are currently asking themselves these questions. There are unusual cases of teenagers … Continue reading

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Social Media Fulfillment or Just Constant Anticipation of a Reward?

Over winter break, I read a book called The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal.  While it was more focused on how we as human beings seek out rewards, it made me think about my social media usage and why we … Continue reading

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Do You Want Non-Friends to See Your Comments?

Facebook, as we all know, allows us to set up the visibility options of certain posts–if we only want a particular group of friends to see the posts, we can conditionally make them private to that group of friends. At the … Continue reading

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