BBC: Social media data needed for ‘harm’ research, say doctors

BBC: Social media data needed for ‘harm’ research, say doctors. “Leading UK psychiatrists say they will never understand the risks and benefits of social media use on children’s mental health unless companies hand over their data to researchers. Tech companies must be made to share data and pay a tax to fund important research, they say in a report.”

Wired: The Pride and Prejudice of Online Fan Culture

Wired: The Pride and Prejudice of Online Fan Culture. “Go with me here. Janeites can be seen as internet culture avant la lettre—what Sebastian Heath, an archaeologist and professor of computational humanities and Roman archaeology at New York University, calls a ‘self-digitizing community.’ OK, yes, the Arpanet and packet switching don’t figure much in the misadventures of Emma Woodhouse or the Bennet sisters. But the Janeites represent a critical plot point in the evolution of online sociology.”

Stanford University: Gang-associated youth avoid violence by acting tough online, Stanford sociologist finds

Stanford University: Gang-associated youth avoid violence by acting tough online, Stanford sociologist finds. “Through his role as the director of an afterschool youth violence prevention program on Chicago’s South Side, [Forrest] Stuart recruited 60 young men affiliated with five different gang factions for an in-depth study about urban gang violence in the digital age. For two years, he spent 20 to 50 hours a week conducting direct observations with these young men. In addition, he conducted in-depth interviews where he asked participants to review each day’s social media activity with him. During these debriefing sessions, Stuart asked about the origins, intent, meaning and consequences of their aggressive posts so he could better understand how their online activity compared with their offline behavior.”

EurekAlert: Thinking about quitting Facebook? There’s a demographic analysis for that

EurekAlert: Thinking about quitting Facebook? There’s a demographic analysis for that . “People are either Facebook users or they are not. Facebook user data can be used to draw conclusions about general social phenomena. According to Eric P.S. Baumer, who studies human-computer interaction, the simple statements above are, in fact, not so simple–nor are they true.”

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.”