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Anthropology in Practice

Why is the grass always greener on social media?

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Are you on social media? I’m willing to bet you’re on at least one channel (and it’s probably Facebook). In December 2013, 73% of adults online were using a social networking site of some sort. You’re a part of that number. And as our world grows increasingly connected, and the need and ability to share [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

What does it mean to be an introvert online?

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Did you take public transportation today? And where did you sit? Did you take the seat on the end? What about your phone at work? Did it actually ring today? Did you let it go to voicemail? In fact, do you prefer responding to emails over talking on the phone? Or maybe you went out—and [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

Why Facebook Users Are Probably Not Committing “Virtual Suicide” in Droves

Do you have a friend who has sworn off Facebook? Not taking a break, but someone who has completely severed ties with the online social networking platform and the connections it houses? There have been a few recent headlines claiming that Facebook users are quitting the network over concerns about privacy in bulk. This news [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

Digital Hydra: The Rise of the Couple Profile on Facebook

Hercules slays the Lernaean Hydra. | CC, Wikimedia.

In Greek mythology, the Hydra was a dangerous water serpent with many heads. Its breath was allegedly poisonous, and for every head you cut off two more would grow in its place. I have a few couples in my Facebook network who have merged their profiles—they’ve become Hydras in their own way: a single entity, [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

What does it mean when we need to take a break from Facebook?

Recently a friend of mine posted that she was closing her Facebook account. She isn’t sure that she will return to the land of vacation photos and passive-aggressive banter. Her decision was fueled by a few factors: concerns about privacy, non-stop requests to play Candy Crush Saga, and status updates that she perceived as inane [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

The Science of Social Pressure

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By now you’ve undoubtedly heard that Facebook allows people to share their organ donor status. A friend of mine adjusted her information on the day of the announcement to reflect her donor status and someone quipped, “What did you donate?” Snark potential aside, it’s a wonderful way to bring the donor community together and to [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

Facebook as a MMORPG? Playing Pretend Online

Fairy? Rockstar? Why not both? How do you present yourself online? | Photo by Kristina Killgrove,

“Go ahead,” he said. “I know in a little bit you’re going to go post some smart ass comment on Facebook.” He could not keep the scorn from his voice. “And everyone will sympathize with you. And I’ll look like the bad guy.” Her jaw tightened. “I have never called you out on Facebook,” she [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

It Takes a (Virtual) Village

You know the old saying that parenting doesn’t come with a handbook? Well, maybe it doesn’t need one—there’s Facebook. In many ways I feel as though I’m watching the children of some of my friends grow up on Facebook. I’ve been with them from their first status update (e.g., “Introducing Jane Smith at 7lbs, 6oz [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

Editor’s Selections: Venereal Diseases Galore, Facebook Brains, and Subtitles

Ed Note: Part of my online life includes editorial duties at ResearchBlogging.org, where I serve as the Social Sciences Editor. Each Thursday, I pick notable posts on research in anthropology, philosophy, social science, and research to share on the ResearchBlogging.org News site. To help highlight this writing, I also share my selections here on AiP. [...]

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Scientific American Mind Is Now on Facebook

And…We’re live! This week, Scientific American Mind launched its Facebook page. Join us here to stay up to date on our latest articles on the mind and brain. Read, share, comment—we are keen for your feedback. Fashionably late, you say? Allow me to take a step back to explain. When I was in journalism school, [...]

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Observations

Is It Possible to Keep Electronic Secrets?

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Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard of PRISM, a vast digital surveillance program run by the National Security Agency that was recently revealed by a whistleblower. The NSA, part of the federal government, reportedly works in conjunction with corporations such as Google, Microsoft and Apple to share users’ information with federal authorities. But [...]

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Observations

What’s Smaller Than Mark Zuckerberg?

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The Facebook IPO earlier this month left us a bit disappointed. There were financial and ethical let-downs. But the over-arching surprise is that people were misled in advance about the value of the company. Yes, it has assembled one of the world’s largest potential marketplaces, but beyond advertising, the social network still has no killer [...]

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Observations

What Will Make Facebook’s Eduardo Saverin Happier: U.S. Citizenship or $67 Million?

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Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin has renounced his U.S. citizenship, reportedly to save an estimated $67 million on his tax bill (Saverin denies that the decision was based on financial considerations). The move has drawn the ire of Senators, academics and (especially) newspaper columnists, who view it as a cynical attempt to avoid paying his fair [...]

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PsySociety

Knowledge, Knowledge Everywhere: Do Social Networks Spread or Drown Health & Science News?

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We live in an age of constant data. Between television, the Internet, and  our “real-life” social circles, society has never before had as much access to health and science news as we now enjoy — and it has never been so easy for anyone to access an entire encyclopedia of information about any health or [...]

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PsySociety

Fighting Fair: How To Tackle Crucial Conversations On Facebook & Twitter

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When’s the last time you had an online fight?       Unfortunately, most of us probably won’t have to try particularly hard to recall the last time that this happened.  In a recent survey, 76 percent of almost 2,700 respondents indicated that they have witnessed an argument over social media, 88 percent of respondents [...]

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PsySociety

Will changing your Facebook profile picture do anything for marriage equality?

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As SCOTUS debates the constitutionality of Proposition 8 and DOMA this week, Facebook users all over the nation have become part of a burgeoning social media trend. Supporters of marriage equality have been changing their profile pictures to the icon on the left, a version of the Human Rights Campaign logo designed specifically to indicate [...]

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Symbiartic

Facebook Frustration

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I wasn’t an early adopter of Facebook. I couldn’t possibly have been less interested, but a friend asked that I join so we could keep in touch, so I obliged. Seven years later, I’m one of the millions that checks Facebook every day. Not so much because of my personal life, but because of my [...]

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If Only Pinterest Would Show Me More Ads… Said No One, EVER.

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I want so badly to love Pinterest, but we just don’t seem to be compatible lovers. My initial objection to their service was the cavalier way in which they claimed rights to creative work displayed on their site (almost certainly a relic of being a new startup and writing the broadest terms of service they [...]

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Talking back

Read This Zuckerberg: FB Didn’t Become “Cool” by Censoring News of Science Research

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I recently saw The Social Network. It’s been out for years, but I usually wait until I can watch them in my living room for free. The take-home from that movie was that Facebook survived—it was the cool one—whereas other social media sites faltered because they didn’t “get it.” I know. It was just a [...]

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Talking back

On “Media Refusal and Conspicuous Non-Consumption: The Performative and Political Dimensions of Facebook Abstention”

I just did something that I’m sure is not on any “helpful tips” list for aspiring science bloggers. To write this post, I just copied a title from an academic journal and hit <CTRL> V in the headline field of WordPress. I wouldn’t usually do a cut and paste, but this title brought a big [...]

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