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Nov 9, 2016

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Christina

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Why you believe everything your Facebook friends tell you

This funny Facebook post has been making the rounds:

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Posted:
Nov 2, 2016

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Emily S

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Facebook Could Be Associated With a Longer Life, Study Finds

As our social lives have moved onto social media sites like Facebook over the past decade, there’s been a lot of hand-wringing over what all that screen time might be doing to our health. But according to a new paper, time spent on social media could be associated with a longer life.

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Sep 14, 2016

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Christina

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Why Can’t Twitter Do What Instagram Just Did?

INSTAGRAM NOW OFFERS a tool that automatically blocks comments if they include certain abusive words. It’s a wonderfully simple way of dealing with the harassment and the other nastiness that plagues so many of today’s online social networks, including the photo-happy, Facebook-owned Instagram. And...

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Jul 13, 2016

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Christina

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Teens: this is how social media affects your brain

Whether you're on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, What's App or Twitter, the way you communicate with friends today is changing.

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Jun 27, 2016

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Remi

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US Customs Wants to Collect Social Media Account Names at the Border

Your Twitter handle may soon be part of the US visa process. Yesterday, US Customs and Border Protection entered a new proposal into the federal register, suggesting a new field in which persons entering the country can declare their various social media accounts and screen names. The information...

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Using social media to prevent adolescent suicide

Distraught over a poor grade that she thought would ruin her life, the honor-roll student broadcast her suicide for anyone to see. Hours later, she was in the inpatient psychiatric unit where I work, thanks to the quick thinking and action of anonymous viewers. As a psychiatrist, I have seen a...

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Jun 15, 2016

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Emily S

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Facebook Offers Tools for Those Who Fear a Friend May Be Suicidal

When Carrie Simmons opened her Facebook app one day in late 2014, she saw a status update from a high school friend she had not seen in years that alarmed her. It read like a suicide note.  “Thank you for everyone who tried to help me,” Ms. Simmons’s friend, whom she declined to name, wrote.  Ms.

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Apr 27, 2016

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Deirdre

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Sad People Aren’t Ignored on Facebook

Facebook, the sixth-most valuable company in the world, is now large enough to conduct its own scientific research about itself. One study, announced this month, seems to reflect a worry within the company that people don’t think they can turn to their social network for support.

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Why Do Girls Tend to Have More Anxiety Than Boys?

The toxic effects of social media especially harm girls. Parents can make a difference. The laid-back, underachieving boy; the hyperachieving, anxious girl. Over the three decades since I graduated from medical school, and especially over the past 10 years, this pattern has become increasingly...

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"Even Though People Didn't Mean To, They Were Really Excluding Me"

We scroll through Facebook every day, looking at pictures and videos, commenting and liking. Now, imagine that experience without actually being able to see all those photos and videos. How would you know what people were talking about? How would you know what to say to join in on the conversation?

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