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Elders who use tech tools feel less lonely, more physically fit, Stanford study finds

Forget bingo and shuffleboard. Use of computers and cellphones is linked to higher levels of mental and physical well-being among those over age 80, according to new Stanford research.  And these elders — dubbed “the oldest old,” a generation typically ignored by the youth-obsessed tech industry —...

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Nov 30, 2016

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Raising media-savvy kids in an era of fake news

This just in! Breaking news! You don't want to miss THIS!

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Nov 23, 2016

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It took less than three months for an online coding game to transform James Johnston's life.

Johnston, 31, was designing software for orthodontists and living in Chattanooga, Tennessee, when he landed a better-paid software engineering job in Silicon Valley at a major tech startup.

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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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Oct 26, 2016

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Christina

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Selfies hurt self-esteem. No, they help. Scientists can't make up their minds

We're living in the age of the selfie. But is that a good thing?

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Sep 14, 2016

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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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Federal Officials Seek To Stop Social Media Abuse Of Nursing Home Residents

Federal health regulators have announced plans to crack down on nursing home employees who take demeaning photographs and videos of residents and post them on social media.

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Aug 4, 2016

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Christina

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Driving While Distracted: Can technology stop the problem it caused?

Driving while socially distracted is one of the most life threatening issues about our relationship to technology, and yet, in an ironic twist, the very thing that caused the problem may be the ultimate solution.

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Jul 27, 2016

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How Grindr got men to self-test for HIV

Grindr, a dating app for gay men, was found to be an effective way to give out HIV self-test kits to men at risk of infection and reduce the spread of HIV, according to a recent study.

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Jul 13, 2016

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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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