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When Your Stalker Is a Cop

Where do you go for help when the people who are meant to keep you safe are the real danger?

True Crime

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The Fake Birth Mothers Who Bilk Couples Out of Their Cash by Promising Future Babies

Another group that’s especially vulnerable to scams and fraud is that made up of those who are desperate to adopt a child.

The Rest of the World

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Celebrating Independence: Scenes From 59 Days Around the World

While national identities are often used to separate people, a husband-and-wife Facebook photography project aims to build connections.

Findings

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Buy? Sell? Let Me Check With My Financial Advisor: Facebook

New research finds a link between the emotions expressed in Facebook status updates and next-day stock market activity.

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Facebook Has Always Manipulated Your Emotions

And positive psychologists would say that this is a good thing.

Findings

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The Comforting Presence of the Facebook Icon

The social network’s logo can serve as a symbol of emotional connection when it is most needed.

ProPublica

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It’s Complicated: Facebook’s History of Tracking You

Facebook is launching an aggressive technique to follow people across the Web.

ProPublica

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Why Online Tracking Is Getting Creepier

The merger of online and offline data is bringing more intrusive tracking.

The World Wide Web

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Rethinking Viral: Why the Digital World Is Not as Democratic as We Think

We often judge the Internet based on the relatively few stories of success—where democratization seems to operate—rather than the millions of failures. Viral is the exception, big broadcasts—and lonely voices whistling in the digital hurricane—are the norm.

Our Machine Overlords

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The Invisible, Manipulative Power of Persuasive Technology

Amazon’s one-click shopping, Facebook’s News Feed, countless mobile apps: Persuasive technology is being used to influence your behavior all day long—often without you even knowing it.

This Is Your Brain

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The Life You Save May Be Everyone Else’s

Fresh research on Facebook, fellowship, and “suicide clusters.”

Findings

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Facebook, Twitter Usage Linked to Higher Divorce Rates

New research finds a correlation between marital dissatisfaction and social media usage.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Big Digital Data Guy Who Wants to Learn From Our Online Behavior

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

The Future of Money

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Why Are So Many Silicon Valley Companies Valued in the Billions?

WhatsApp, Oculus, Instagram, Tumblr: These are just some of the technology companies recently valued at $1 billion or more. Whether we’re in a start-up bubble or not nobody can agree on, but one thing is certain: We have no idea what the future looks like, and an investment today could result in huge profits tomorrow.

Health Care

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Treat, Don’t Tweet: The Dangerous Rise of Social Media in the Operating Room

Surveys suggest most doctors and nurses understand the significant safety issues associated with the use of cell phones and laptops during surgery. But that’s not stopping them from pulling out the distracting devices.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Social Media Researcher Who Wants to Understand How Warning Messages Travel Online

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

Findings

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Enjoy Life More: Use Facebook Less

Contrary to our expectations, using Facebook dampens our spirits, leaving us feeling like we’ve wasted time, according to new research.

The World Wide Web

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Do You Own Your Identity Online?

The European “right to be forgotten” could help protect U.S. citizens against blanket data surveillance.

Prospector

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Friends With Benefits: Inside Facebook’s Compassion Research Day

Psychologists, sociologists, and neuroscientists like Facebook—and Facebook likes them back.

The World Wide Web

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Do ‘Save Darfur’ Facebook Members Really Care About Darfur?

A new analysis proves armchair activism is alive and well.

The Future of Money

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What Are You Worth as a Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram User?

With the rise of the invisible economy, the value of social media companies is judged less on their products than on their ability to attract users like you.

Findings

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Narcissists’ New Need: More Twitter Followers

New research provides evidence that narcissism, and the resultant need for admiration, drives tweeting.

Five Studies

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Your Privacy Settings Make No Sense

Recent and ongoing research on our privacy paradoxes.

 

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For Facebook Users, It’s More Like 4 Degrees of Separation

New research from Taiwan suggests Facebook has shrunk the distance between any two human beings.

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Don’t Text and Drive—Especially If You’re Old

A new study shows that texting while driving becomes even more dangerous with age.

Apparently You Can Bring Your Religion to Work

New research says offices that encourage talk of religion actually make for happier workplaces.

Canadian Kids Have a Serious Smoking Problem

Bootleg cigarette sales could be leading Canadian teens to more serious drugs, a recent study finds.

The Hidden Psychology of the Home Ref

That old myth of home field bias isn’t a myth at all; it’s a statistical fact.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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