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2013-10-30 10:30:55

Social media such as YouTube videos provide a popular and flexible venue for online activism. How two different social protest movements—Occupy Wall Street and the Proposition 8 same sex marriage initiative—utilized YouTube, and their success in engaging activists are explored in an article in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social...

Cyberchondria Worse For Those Who Fear The Unknown
2013-10-09 09:48:24

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Many of us turn to the Internet to find out what ails us when we are sick. For people who have trouble handling uncertainty, however, "cyberchondria" - the online equivalent to hypochondria - becomes worse as they seek answers. "If I'm someone who doesn't like uncertainty, I may become more anxious, search further, monitor my body more, go to the doctor more frequently -- and the more you search, the more you consider the...

Kicking The Facebook Habit
2013-09-17 04:20:39

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Privacy concerns and a tendency to battle internet addiction are among the reasons that an increasing number of people are committing “virtual identity suicide” and ceasing their social media use, according to new research appearing on the website of the open-access, peer-reviewed journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. Study authors Stefan Stieger, Christoph Burger, Manuel Bohn, and Martin Voracek of the...

2013-08-26 10:46:47

With the widespread popularity of social networking sites such as Facebook, it is increasingly common for people to use interpersonal electronic surveillance to monitor the activities of current and former romantic partners. They can gather information on partners anonymously, view past and current photos and audio and video clips, and look for clues to explain any "suspicious" behaviors. Why some individuals engage in this type of behavior more than others is the subject of an article in...

2013-04-04 15:59:07

Pet therapy can help patients cope with the pain, stress, and emotional effects of a serious illness, but access to a companion animal is not always possible. Robotic animals may offer the same benefits, as explored in a fascinating study presented in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free online on the Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking website. Sandra Okita, PhD,...

2013-03-18 16:05:23

The more than 100 million Americans living with chronic pain and daily suffering often have limited outlets to talk about their conditions with others who can understand and offer comfort. Online chatrooms may provide a beneficial forum where chronic pain sufferers can openly and safely communicate, as discussed in an article in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free online on the...

Depression And Anxiety Linked To Media Overuse
2012-12-04 20:16:32

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Technology offers the promise to make life easier. This has been the promise for years, but according to research released this week, some technology could actually be impacting the health of its users, especially when used in excess. On Tuesday, researchers at Michigan State University released the findings of a study that suggested using multiple forms of media at the same time — such as playing a computer game while...

2012-09-19 16:21:07

More than 900 million people worldwide are active users of the social networking site Facebook, and it is estimated that as many as one-third report using Facebook to check on the activities of former romantic partners. The effects of remaining Facebook friends with an ex-lover or even just following their activities online can disrupt a person's ability to heal emotionally and move on with his or her life, according to an article in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a...

2012-07-13 10:44:47

The profound sense of loss and public mourning that followed the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was a reflection of how great an impact he had on society and on the lives of individuals through the technology he helped to create. The magnitude and reasons for the outpouring of emotion upon his death by people who did not know him personally are explored in an article in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.,...

2012-03-29 00:17:57

Online romance scams, a new form of cybercrime, is under-reported and increasing, and has victimized an estimated 230,000 people in England, costing them nearly $60 billion a year, according to an article in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. The article is available free online at the Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking website. “This crime is very serious and unfortunately often overlooked. The...