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Facebook Likes reveal surprisingly accurate intimate personal information

Surprisingly accurate estimates of users’ race, age, IQ, sexuality, personality type, substance use, and political views can be inferred from automated analysis of only their Facebook Likes – information that is by default publicly available. The Cambridge University researchers who developed the analytical technique say that such a method could be used to extract sensitive […]

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Are close friends on Facebook the enemy?

“Likes” or positive comments from close friends on Facebook appear to inflate users’ self-esteem and reduce self-control, resulting in higher body-mass indexes and higher levels of credit-card debt. That’s according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and Columbia Business School who have analyzed five separate Facebook studies in the Journal of Consumer Research. “To […]

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Scientists mull brain size-Facebook correlation

People with more Facebook friends have more grey matter in their brain, but University College London (UCL) scientists aren’t sure whether our online social network is driving the changes in the brain, or if people with bigger brains simply have more friends. The new research, appearing inProceedings of the Royal Society B, adds to the […]

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Top reasons for Facebook unfriending revealed

Researchers spend a lot of time examining how people form friendships online, but little has been known about how those relationships end, until now. “Unfriending,” as it has become known, is the subject of a new study by researcher Christopher Sibona, from the University of Colorado Denver Business School. Sibona’s work, based on a survey […]

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