More and more people are saying they don’t trust the news or can’t face engaging with it – and that appears to have political implications.
Whistleblower Athol Williams, a former partner at Bain SA, testifies at the State Capture Commission in 2021.
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Whistleblowers should be entitled to financial support. But that has potential costs as well as benefits.
Loneliness around the world is growing as a result of how our lives are structured.
Public health measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic meant that many people experienced social isolation. But the pandemic didn’t invent loneliness, and its impacts on our health are growing.
Health-care workers in Toronto protest the Canadian truckers convoy last February that was against vaccine mandates.
To communicate scientific findings that are relevant to the public, science communicators need to understand how to overcome attitudes that are anti-science.
Google’s search results often misidentify controversial characters, potentially contributing to the spread of misinformation.
Google search algorithms often pull up misleading descriptors for controversial people, and results can differ across languages. Understanding how these algorithms function can address misinformation.
Trust in other people and in public institutions is one key predictor of happiness.
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Finland was recently ranked, for the fifth year in a row, as the world’s happiest country. Trust in others in society plays a large role in what makes people there – and elsewhere – happy.
Pro-Trump protesters gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021.
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The Republican Party has a decadeslong relationship with using distrust to incite its base and draw in more supporters – the Jan. 6 Capitol attacks just offer the latest example of this tactic.
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa (L) is congratulated by leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party Mangosuthu Buthelezi (R) after being elected president of South Africa during the swearing in of new members of the National Assembly.
The failure of the 2021 post-election deal is a missed opportunity for the African National Congress and Inkatha to work together.
Schools that build trust with their communities can reduce fears surrounding reopening.
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With distrust for school officials prevalent during the pandemic, an educational historian calls attention to the need for officials to have more positive relations with educators and parents.
Failures by municipalities to do their work are forcing many residents to take matters into their own hands.
There has been growing discontent with many local authorities and calls by concerned citizens for the municipalities to be dissolved.
All is not as it appears on social media.
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A social media researcher explains how bots and sock puppet accounts manipulate and polarize public debate.
Some researchers believe atheists are disliked because people link their lack of belief to an overall lack of values.
Many Americans have a distrust of atheists. A group of researchers found that some of the distrust relates to beliefs about atheists’ family values.
History repeats itself.
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When people don’t trust the government, the media or police, they are less inclined to play by the rules and more likely to lash out violently.
Does our dependence on smartphones harm our social fabric?
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The more often Americans used their phones to obtain information, the less they trusted strangers. How can this be, and what does it mean?
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Potential donors must able to put their trust in charities.
Why do we trust people with power (other than politicians)?
Rational actor theories suggest the powerless should be reluctant to trust the powerful, but studies show we tend to do just that.
How will they feel if they find their parents are monitoring their every online movement?
Teenagers need to trust their parents and learn about trusting others. Apps like Teensafe might undermine both.
Race is one way we categorize ourselves among in-groups and out-groups.
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Race-related demonstrations, Title IX disputes, affirmative action court cases, same-sex marriage bans. These issues made headlines in all spheres of the media this year. However, thoughtful articles on…