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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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Aug 24, 2016

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Christina

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Instagram Probably Can’t Predict Depression. GPS, Though…

LATE LAST WEEK, a group of scientists published some pre-review research indicating that people were more likely to use low-saturation Instagram filters like Inkwell when feeling depressed. Well, obviously, says Picasso. Groundbreaking stuff, guys.

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Aug 23, 2016

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Deirdre

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Choosing this Instagram filter could mean you're depressed

Researchers from Harvard and the University of Vermont have found that Instagram photos can be analyzed to screen for depression. The scientists used the photos' attributes, including brightness and color, to correctly identify which participants suffered from depression at a betterrate than the...

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Here's What Your Instagram Feed Says About Your Mental Health

Instagram can be a good indicator of a person’s mental health. At least that’s what two researchers, Harvard University’s Andrew Reece and the University of Vermont’s Chris Danforth, have written in a recent report. The study was based on 166 volunteers who were recruited from Amazon Mechanical...

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Posted:
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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Posted:
Jun 15, 2016

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Christina

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Instagram’s Bro-iest Chef Turns Junk Food Into UPPER NEXT LEVEL Cuisine

“U KNO WUT BROS???” celebrity chef Jacques La Merde asks on one of his signature #foodporn Instagram posts. He’s about to tell us the secret ingredient in his latest culinary masterpiece, an eye-catching array of bright orange food cut into sharp geometric shapes and precisely arranged on a...

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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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Posted:
Mar 30, 2016

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Christina

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Instagram assures worried users its feed isn't changing, for now

A wave of posts was unleashed from Instagram's troubled top influencers this morning, alerting users of the app's plans to change their feed. Gone was the food porn and glamorous locales, replaced with selfies carrying captions that instructed users to turn on notifications. Instead of shamelessly...

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Posted:
Jan 21, 2016

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Christy

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Inside the Growing Social Media Skills Gap

On February 4, 2004, a handful of Harvard students logged onto a newly launched website called thefacebook.com. Just a dozen years later, some 2 billion people—nearly a third of the planet's population—are social media users.

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'Instagram for doctors': App lets health care professionals team up on patient cases

It’s been dubbed “Instagram for doctors.” With a tap on their smartphones, medical professionals are using a novel app, called Figure 1, to upload photos, X-rays and other images of their patients’ maladies. Like Facebook for health care, Figure 1 lets colleagues chime in with comments, questions...

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