Backchannel: Where Weird Facebook is King: How a College Kid Does Social

Backchannel: Where Weird Facebook is King: How a College Kid Does Social. “On January 2, 2015, I wrote a viral post entitled ‘A Teenager’s View on Social Media,’ in which I dissected popular apps and what I thought about them. It got over one million views. Many people have asked me to write a follow-up or, at the very least, an update. I haven’t felt there was a dramatic enough shift to warrant a new post…until now.” I have actually gotten pretty good at Snapchat, but I’m not using it because I can’t find any friends who Snapchat. Mostly I get porn spam. I’m ResearchBuzz if you want to add me. No more porn spam, please.

Four Teenagers Arrested After Broadcasting Brutal Assault on Facebook Live

This is revolting and I’m sorry to link to it, but it’s important: four teenagers have been arrested after tying up and beating a young man and broadcasting the assault on Facebook Live. “On Thursday, Chicago police are expected to charge four black teenagers after a Facebook Live video surfaced of them binding, gagging, and assaulting a young white man, described by police as having ‘mental health challenges.’” Nobody’s color should matter here. It’s egregious whether everyone involved was all Black, all White, or all Plaid.

Arkansas Teenager Buys Newspaper

A teenager in Arkansas bought a newspaper. “[Katie] Jacques last week sold the assets of the Central Delta Argus-Sun to Hayden Taylor, 19, whose family’s roots in the county go back five generations. Taylor is a throwback to the time decades ago when a few young men his age ventured into owning newspapers, but it was rare then and is almost unheard of now in the age of the Internet. Following a ‘Man Bites Dog’ theme, Taylor has never taken a single course in journalism.”

Rolling Stone: Are Teens Replacing Drugs With Social Media?

From Rolling Stone, and how often does ResearchBuzz get to link to an article in Rolling Stone? Are Teens Replacing Drugs With Social Media?. “Today’s teens are a bunch of squares, according to the Monitoring the Future study from Michigan University, which has measured drug and alcohol use among teenagers since 1975. Every year, researchers survey approximately 45,000 eighth, 10th, and 12th graders, and their 2015 results show the lowest percentage of teens using alcohol and drugs since 1990. … This sounds like good news, right? But there’s a catch: Some researchers believe that social media might be at least partly responsible for this decline. “

Teenager, Broadcasting Via Facebook Live, Killed While Driving

Oh man… a kid was livestreaming while she was driving, and was killed during the livestream. “An 18-year-old girl was live-streaming herself as she drove along a Pennsylvania highway in the moments before the crash that killed her and a passenger. State police say Brooke Miranda Hughes was broadcasting live video on Facebook while driving slowly in the right lane of Interstate 380 near Tobyhanna.” Liquid Love, Facebook and Friendship: a case study

On Liquid Love, Facebook and Friendship: a case study. “According to Bauman’s Liquid Love (2003), the advance in virtual proximity makes human connections frequent and shallower and simultaneously intense and shorter. It makes us wonder if ‘friendships’ on social networks are for ‘the good, the pleasant or useful’ (Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Book VIII ).The aim of this study is to investigate three different types of relationships between young Internet users; exclusive Facebook friend, recently added Facebook friend and exclusive face-to-face friend with regard to social attraction,self-disclosure, predictability, trust, gender, length of relationship, self-esteem and sociability.” You have to wade through a really long TOC and acknowledgements, but keep going and you’ll get to the paper.

EurekAlert: Study examines suicides publicized on social media and teens’ ER visits

EurekAlert: Study examines suicides publicized on social media and teens’ ER visits. “Using 2002-2013 data from Canada’s National Ambulatory Care Reporting System, researchers used an interrupted time?series analysis to examine monthly rates of emergency department visits related to suicidal behavior such as intentional self-poisoning before and after [Amanda] Todd’s suicide. They found a no significant change in ER visits for suicidal behavior after her death. Importantly however, the authors found a significant increase in ER visits in teenagers for suicidal behavior that begin in June 2011. No such increase was found among the younger children studied.”

Social Site for Teenagers Is Leaking Plain Text Passwords

A social site for teenagers is leaking information about its users, including passwords. In plain text. “Operators of i-Dressup didn’t respond to messages sent by Ars informing them that a hacker has already downloaded more than 2.2 million of the improperly stored account credentials. The hacker said it took him about three weeks to obtain the cache and that there’s nothing stopping him or others from downloading the entire database of slightly more than 5.5 million entries. The hacker said he acquired the e-mail addresses and passwords by using a SQL injection attack that exploited vulnerabilities in the i-Dressup website.” It’s 2016 and storing passwords in plain text is absolutely inexcusable.

Researchers Can Guess Age Based on Instagram Behavior

Researchers can guess your age based on your Instagram behavior. “On Instagram, for instance, teens interact more with photos than adults do—they comment more frequently, and like more photos—but, unexpectedly, they seem to publish less frequently themselves. (There may be a simple explanation, though: It’s possible teens only appear to publish less frequently than adults because teens are more likely to delete photos they perceive as under-liked, and to return to their own feeds and prune them over time.)”

Hey! Adults Have Discovered Snapchat

Teenagers beware: the adults are invading Snapchat. “According to analytics firm comScore, roughly 67.5 percent of smartphone users between the ages of 18 and 24 are on Snapchat. The report further found that 38 percent of smartphone users ages 25 to 34 use the service, as do 14 percent of those ages 35 and older. Just three years ago, these figures were just five and two percent, respectively.”

Young Adult Use of Social Media May Blunt Development of Social, Relationship Skills

UNC research: use of social media in young adulthood may blunt development of social and relationship skills. “A new study by researchers at the University North Carolina at Chapel Hill and N.C. State University finds that when it comes to romance, the more adolescents communicate online with their boyfriends and girlfriends, the worse they manage conflict and asserting themselves in romantic relationships at a time when kids are developing complex interpersonal skills.”

Facebook, SMS Bot Want to Make Teens’ Lives a Little Smoother

A new Facebook bot is designed to give teenagers a little boost through their day. (Though apparently anyone can sign up.) “Bringing a touch of mindfulness to the day-to-day communications flow, Shine has created a set of tools to help teenagers feel empowered to deal with the day-to-day highs and lows of navigating the path to adulthood. The SMS and Facebook bot is designed to feel like a friend cheering you on as you move through your day.”

Social Media “Likes” Go Straight to A Teenager’s Brain

Ever wonder why teenagers like social media so much? Because it gets ’em straight in the brain. “A ‘like,’ for the uninitiated, refers to the positive feedback given to a post on social media. And new research shows that likes appear to be somewhat intoxicating to teenagers. The same reward center in the brain that is involved in the sensation of pleasure and activated by thoughts of sex, money or ice cream also is turned on when teenagers see their photos getting a lot of likes on social media.”

Google Search Algorithm Shows Really Different Results for Black, White Teenagers

Want to know why I keep making noises about nontransparent search algorithms and the problems they might cause? Here ya go. “A simple Google image search highlighted on Twitter has been said to highlight the pervasiveness of racial bias and media profiling. ‘Three black teenagers’ was a trending search on Google on Thursday after a US high school student pointed out the stark difference in results for ‘three black teenagers’ and ‘three white teenagers’.”