Cutting your social media time to around 30 minutes a day could reduce loneliness and depression, according to a study published last week in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.For the study, 143 undergraduate students at the University of Pennsylvania were randomly split into two groups: one in which they limited their time on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to 10 minutes on each platform per day, and another in which they continued to use social media like they normally would for three weeks. The group that cut back their social media time had significant decreases in loneness and depression, compared with the group that used social media as usual. One benefit that both groups saw was a decrease in anxiety and fear of missing out over the baseline, suggesting there could be a benefit to more self-monitoring, the study said. Social media has become a central part of many people's lives. Sixty-eight percent of US adults use Facebook, and around … [Read more...] about Get off social media after a half hour and you might be happier
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When it comes to the 2018 midterm elections in the US, bad actors are still trying to mess with your vote.Russian hackers and propagandists who interfered in the 2016 US presidential election didn't stop when it was over. They're still trying to influence the vote, and now they're being joined by other countries hoping to influence the midterms, according to the US Department of Homeland Security and other agencies. On Oct. 19, the US Department of Justice indicted a Russian woman for her alleged role in continued election interference, from the time leading up to the 2016 elections through to 2018.Two years ago, hackers were caught trying to break into voter registration databases and other election infrastructure in at least 21 states during the race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. They also infiltrated email accounts of two major organizations run by the Democratic party, as well as the private emails of members of Clinton's campaign. And they leaked thousands of … [Read more...] about Midterm elections, social media and hacking: What you need to know
A sign heralds the final season of 'Mad Men' on AMC. Note the hashtag and Twitter handle at the top of the billboard. Tommaso Boddi/WireImage/Getty Images AMC, formerly known as American Movie Classics, has hit some homeruns. In fact, pretty much everything the cable channel has released has been a critical success. Two of its first attempts at original programming, "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad," are regarded as some of the greatest television programs of all time: "Mad Men" has 15 Emmy awards; "Breaking Bad" 16. That's extra impressive when you consider that it was only in 2006 that AMC started to make a concerted effort at producing original programming. But making quality television does not guarantee an audience (consider the failure of cult classic "Arrested Development"). However, AMC was one of the first networks to recognize the power of social media, and what started as simple, clever hashtags on Twitter and Facebook groups quickly turned into more aggressive styles of … [Read more...] about Did AMC’s social media strategy change TV?
Start the Countdown Paper invitations may be on their way out. iStockphoto/Thinkstock Event planning requires lots of organization, a good amount of time to get all the details together and a great marketing plan. One of the great things about social media marketing is that most platforms give you real-time, trackable results about how many people your message is reaching. So you can literally see up-to-the-minute how many people have been viewing your Facebook page, tweeting about your event or reading your blog. And the best part about it is most of these valuable tools are free. If you haven't yet gotten on the bandwagon to use social media for your event planning, here are some ways to get started. … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Use Social Media for Event Planning
The panda named Bao Bao in 2014 in Washington, D.C. The giant panda is classified as an endangered species due to its shrinking population. Mandel Ngan/Getty Images The social media world was abuzz this summer over the illegal killing of Cecil, a 13-year-old male lion popular with tourists in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. But did that outrage translate into more dollars for conservation organizations? Has it helped save other animals or species? Social media activism often gets derided for having little real-world impact. Long (well, long in terms of social media) before Cecil's death, wildlife organizations were online raising awareness, soliciting donations and stirring up the faithful. As early as 2010, conservationists and other scientists were waking up to the idea that while social media offered one more avenue for bringing information to the public, new ways of communicating via online outlets would need to be developed if they wanted to generate action: photos, blog … [Read more...] about More Than a Hashtag: Can Social Media Help Save Endangered Species?