Slate: Beware the Cuteness Economy

Slate: Beware the Cuteness Economy. “In the recent BuzzFeed piece about Instagram-famous preschooler Mila Stauffer, Mila’s mother Katie defends her full-time job positioning her kid as a social media star against critics who wonder whether Mila has to spend too much of her time making videos. But none of the reasonable critiques aired in that piece quite define my own uneasiness. Even if Mila herself is happy as a clam, the selling of cute kids online is bad news for our relationships with real children.”

Particle: The Secret History Of Facebook Depression

Particle: The Secret History Of Facebook Depression. “The key to understanding social media depression lies in the social norm that has emerged around how we manage Facebook’s context collapse in a way that is acceptable in all contexts. That social norm is being your perfect self. And the consequence of that is we are all performing our perfect selves, thus all making each other feel depressed and inadequate.”

INC: New Study Says You’ll Share Life Milestones on Social Media Before Sharing Them In Person

INC: New Study Says You’ll Share Life Milestones on Social Media Before Sharing Them In Person. “Your significant other just proposed to you. What do you do next? For many of us who did not grow up with social media, you might set a meeting with your extended family and announce the engagement. At the very least, you’d make a phone call. Yet, a new study by social media management company Sprout Social found that most people these days use social media to announce major milestones–a surprising finding to say the least.”

CBS New York: Study Looks At How Fake News Thrives On Social Media

CBS New York: Study Looks At How Fake News Thrives On Social Media. ” A new study by Columbia University shows people tend to question news less when they see themselves in a public group compared to how often they fact-check information while alone, a trend which may explain how fake news spreads on social media.”

NBC Washington: ‘Griefstagram’ Shows New Way to Mourn on Social Media

NBC Washington: ‘Griefstagram’ Shows New Way to Mourn on Social Media . “Kate George was sitting on a plane, swiping through photos on her phone of herself and her late husband when tears began to roll down her face. Only 78 days had passed since he died at age 32. As George wept on a crowded plane this March, she did something she had never done before: She took a photo of herself crying.”

Science Blog: Internet May Be Secular, But Religious Americans Aren’t Worried

Science Blog: Internet May Be Secular, But Religious Americans Aren’t Worried. “Despite the pervasive use of the Internet in everyday life, most Americans report they never use it to find religious or spiritual content, and most never use it to share religious views, according to the Baylor Religion Survey. That holds true regardless of religious tradition, said Baylor University sociologists, who recently presented the latest survey findings at the Religion Newswriters Association’s annual conference.”

Census Bureau: New American Community Survey Statistics for Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Available for States and Local Areas

Census Bureau: New American Community Survey Statistics for Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Available for States and Local Areas. “The U.S. Census Bureau today released its most detailed look at America’s people, places and economy with new statistics on income, poverty, health insurance and more than 40 other topics from the American Community Survey.”