Why it’s so hard to #DeleteFacebook: Constant psychological boosts keep you hooked

By S. Shyam Sundar, Distinguished Professor of Communication & Co-Director of the Media Effects Research Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University, Bingjie Liu, Ph.D. Student in Mass Communications, Pennsylvania State University, Michael Krieger, Ph.D. Student in Mass Communications, Pennsylvania State University, and Carlina DiRusso, Ph.D. Student in Mass Communications, Pennsylvania State University. Your finger may hover, but it’s…

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Opinion: Facebook may have violated your privacy, but has it also damaged your health?

Facebook is in crisis following allegations that the company allowed a data-analysis firm linked to the Trump campaign to get private information on 50 million Americans before the 2016 elections. But this may be just the beginning of a wider public backlash against Facebook and many other big tech firms. In coming months, you will probably…

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A history of loneliness

By Amelia S. Worsley, Assistant Professor of English, Amherst College. Edward Hopper’s ‘Office in a Small City’ (1953). Gandalf’s Gallery, CC BY-NC-SA Is loneliness our modern malaise? Former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says the most common pathology he saw during his years of service “was not heart disease or diabetes; it was loneliness.” Chronic loneliness,…

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Report: Aquafina, Dasani, Nestle Pure Life contaminated with plastic particles

When you buy bottled water, you do it with the expectation that you’re getting a product that’s somehow healthier than tap water. One thing you probably don’t bargain on is your bottle of water having a proliferation of plastic contaminants on the micro-particle level! But that’s exactly what a new bombshell report found in several major…

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Cambridge Analytica Harvested Info on 50 Million People

Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics firm hired by Donald Trump’s election team, harvested data on 50 million Facebook users for targeted political propaganda campaigns, reported The Observer and The New York Times on Saturday. Cambridge Analytica also held previously undiclosed discussions with Russian energy firm Lukoil, according to reports. The reports followed Facebook suspending the company…

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UK thinktank: ban new petrol and diesel cars in 2030, not 2040

Green Alliance says ending UK sales earlier would close climate target gap and halve oil imports