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Is data really changing the nature of wearable technology?

Fitbit and other health trackers.

Do you have a FitBit story? Last November, S came home with a Fitbit Flex. For those of you who don’t have one of these increasingly ubiquitous devices, it’s a small, plastic band that you wear on your wrist (there are other tracker options as well). It tracks the number of steps you take each [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

Does death change our online networks?

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A good friend of mine passed away in June. John had cancer. Before you offer condolences, you should know he did not want to be mourned. It’s been a hard request to follow, but he felt he had lived a full life. As the cancer progressed, we fell into a pattern of exchanging semi-regular emails. [...]

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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

Share This: Chain Letters and Social Networks

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Did you hear about the seventeen year old girl who was pushed into an open manhole by bullies in her school? Her name was Carmen and she had made up her mind to tell someone that she was being bullied, but she didn’t get a chance. During a fire drill the bullies kept crowding her [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

Likability: Revisiting The Psychology of Liking

Have you Liked anything today? A year ago, I wrote about the psychology behind Liking, noting that Liking a status update on Facebook could help reinforce relationships and Liking articles and media on the web could help build online reputations Liking shows that we’re paying attention, and allows us to be recognized as a participant [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

Anna Post on Managing Our Digital Spaces

Tweeting, texting, Facebooking, checking email, sending photos, and even, yes, old-fashioned telephone calls—we’re doing it all, and we’re doing it wherever and whenever we please. Mobile technology has increased our ability to connect to each other, but we’re still working out the social codes that go along with this medium. As we weave our digital [...]

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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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How Networks Are Revolutionizing Scientific (and Maybe Human) Thought

Visualization of social network analysis. (Calvinius/Wikimedia Commons)

Science and common sense are alike grounded in human experience. Yet these ways of thinking about things are often in conflict. Sometimes the simplicity of most commonsense explanations can make it hard to win people over to the complexity and uncertainties of most scientific arguments. Consider the textbook case of the mathematician and astronomer Nicolaus [...]

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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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