How Your Social Networks Influence You (2011)

How Your Social Networks Influence You
We’ll look at how social networks may guide your life. Your health. Your happiness.
February 23, 2011

social contagion

Dunbar’s number


Context collapse

With Teens And Social Media, Lack Of Context Is Everything
March 1, 2014

BOYD: I have to simultaneously deal with professional situations, friends from the past, friends from the present all in one environment, and I don’t share the same thing in those worlds. For me, it’s just, you know, a world of context collapse.

BLAIR: Context collapse. Danah Boyd, who attended MIT and works for Microsoft, isn’t sure whether she or a fellow social scientist coined the phrase but she refers to it a lot.


Reclaiming Conversation

Making The Case For Face To Face In An Era Of Digital Conversation
September 26, 2015

Sherry Turkle, a professor of Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT … Her new book is called
Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age.
Penguin Press, October 2015
She is also the author of the books The Second Self and Alone Together.

I was called to consult at a middle school because the directors and the teachers were concerned about what they felt was a lack of empathy among middle school children which they associated to the presence of technology. The association they made was when they sit together at lunch they don’t talk to each other — they talk with their phones. Face to face conversation is the most human and humanizing thing that we do; it’s where we learn to put ourselves in the place of the other.


Mobile phones & closeness, connection, and conversation quality

Can you connect with me now? How the presence of mobile communication technology influences face-to-face conversation quality
Journal of Social and Personal Relationships May 2013   vol. 30  no. 3  237-246
Andrew K. Przybylski, Netta Weinstein
University of Essex, UK

Recent advancements in communication technology have enabled billions of people to connect over great distances using mobile phones, yet little is known about how the frequent presence of these devices in social settings influences face-to-face interactions. In two experiments, we evaluated the extent to which the mere presence of mobile communication devices shape relationship quality in dyadic settings.

In both, we found evidence they can have negative effects on closeness, connection, and conversation quality. These results demonstrate that the presence of mobile phones can interfere with human relationships, an effect that is most clear when individuals are discussing personally meaningful topics.



In Google Newsroom …

In Google Newsroom, Brazil Defeat Is Not A Headline
July 09, 2014

Google itself is choosing to steer clear of negative terms. The company has created an experimental newsroom in San Francisco to monitor the World Cup, and turn popular search results into viral content. And they’ve got a clear editorial bias.

The team decided to turn this trending question into the trend of the day. After every game, copy editors write up a fact that interprets Google search analytics. Designers put the factoid into a pretty box. Influencers enlisted by Google circulate it on Twitter and Facebook — to increase it’s reach beyond the company’s own social network Google+.

After the dramatic defeat by Germany, the team also makes a revealing choice to not publish a single trend on Brazilian search terms. Copywriter Tessa Hewson says they’re just too negative.


July 10, 2014

June 17, 2014

December 7, 2011


Of This And That: Intimacy In Social Media
by Tania Lombrozo
August 11, 2014

Hudson Kam also proposed an alternative idea — that people assume everyone will react the same way to the “variables” in unpredicated tweets. So these communications aren’t necessarily creating intimacy among the select (our followers or friends), but rather assuming similarity between people more broadly.

Finally, Hudson Kam noted that using social media well requires a lot of linguistic skill. That, in turn, requires reasoning about your audience and what they’ll know and infer. “So the notion that a message is being conveyed by what is not there is entirely sensible,” she says.


Bingeing On Bad News Can Fuel Daily Stress

Bingeing On Bad News Can Fuel Daily Stress
by Jon Hamilton
July 10, 2014

To see how that kind of coverage is affecting the public, a team of researchers questioned more than 4,500 people across the country about their reaction to last year’s Boston Marathon bombing. The study found that “people who exposed themselves to six or more hours of media daily actually reported more acute stress symptoms than did people who were directly exposed — meaning they were at the site of the bombings,” says professor Alison Holman of the University of California, Irvine.

One reason for this extreme reaction may be that news outlets frequently “take a clip of images and they repeat that same clip over and over and over as they’re talking about what happened,” Holman says.
The result can be symptoms like those of post-traumatic stress disorder, she says.


June 17, 2014

July 9, 2014

Facebook: emotional contagion without awareness

Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks
PNAS. June 17, 2014 vol. 111 no. 24
Adam D. I. Kramer

We show, via a massive (N = 689,003) experiment on Facebook, that emotional states can be transferred to others via emotional contagion, leading people to experience the same emotions without their awareness.
We provide experimental evidence that emotional contagion occurs without direct interaction between people (exposure to a friend expressing an emotion is sufficient), and in the complete absence of nonverbal cues.

journalistic versions:

Facebook Manipulates Our Moods For Science And Commerce: A Roundup
June 30, 2014