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Social Media Sites Good For Employers, Bad For Employees
2013-07-13 06:15:17

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new Northwestern University study found social media sites can be a big asset for employers, but detrimental for job applicants. Researchers found that young adult men, Hispanics and those with lower Internet skills are the least likely to keep employment-related audiences in mind when it comes to their online profiles. However, women, whites and those with higher Internet skills are more likely to actively manage their social media...

2012-06-16 00:43:54

Many college students can´t track down credible emergency contraception information online They seem to live their personal lives online, but when there is a glitch in the sex lives of college students, and emergency contraception is needed, many struggle to navigate the Web and find the information they need, according to a Northwestern University study. The study was recently published online in the journal Policy & Internet. The majority of the 210 first-year college...

2011-05-18 13:04:46

Race, interest in celebrities and Internet skills may determine who uses Twitter It doesn't matter if you're black or white. If you're interested in celebrity and entertainment news, you're more likely to start using Twitter, according to a new Northwestern University study. But, African Americans in general report more interest in celebrity and entertainment news and were found to be more likely than whites to start using Twitter. The research, which focused on first-year college students...

2010-07-27 10:25:00

Young people give Google, other top brand search results too much credibility Google it. That's what many college students do when asked to read an excerpt of a play for class, write a resume or find the e-mail address of a politician. They trust Google so much that a Northwestern University study has found many students only click on websites that turn up at the top of Google searches to complete assigned tasks. If they don't use Google, researchers found that students trust other brand-name...

2009-05-08 07:55:00

News last month of an unpublished study suggesting that Facebook use is related to lower college academic achievement probably sent more than a few parents reeling. Now a new study may allay those concerns. Attempts by researchers to replicate the results of the widely publicized preliminary Ohio State University study failed to find a robust relationship between use of the popular social networking site and diminished grades. "We found no evidence that Facebook use correlates with lower...

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