Just 5% of US adults say using social media is good for their mental health. A psychologist offers some tips to help the other 95%.
Many adolescents have trouble sleeping - but limiting screen use is not the solution. When used correctly, bedtime use of devices can be beneficial to mental health, without harming sleep quality.
Post-election riots in Jakarta prompted Indonesia to limit social media access. But this also hampers verified information from credible media reaching the public.
From Steve Smith's tearful apology to anonymous apps like Whisper, public confessions can be therapeutic, emancipatory, or potentially exploitative.
People know about Facebook's problems, but assume they are largely immune – even while they imagine that everyone else is very susceptible to influence.
For the start of Atlantic hurricane season on June 1, scholars explain weather forecasting, evacuation orders, inland flooding risks and how social ties influence decisions to stay or flee.
Lifestyle gurus define themselves in opposition to experts — but can we really trust what they tell us?
Nearly half of teens say the effect of social media is neither positive nor negative on them; it is just life as they know it. So let's support them through the highs and lows.
With sharp political commentary just as likely to be found on Tumblr as in the pages of the Times, why aren’t the best internet memes being published in the nation's top periodicals?
Analysis of tweets from the election campaign reveal two key trends: independents are organising, and embattled Liberal candidates are having to take the fight to their rivals.
MySpace users were recently shocked to learn that the company lost 50 million user files. It's a harsh lesson in not leaving your intellectual property unprotected on the information superhighway.
Being seen to lead is clearly an important political aspect of managing online content. But internet regulation must focus on creating policy that is clear, accountable, balanced and open to appeals.
Facebook’s Mia Garlick on how Australian politicians are using social media.
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Today's Media Files podcast examines the role of social media in election campaigns, including the spread of 'fake news' and foreign political interference.
People could be asked to prove their identity to continuing posting political content or adverts on Facebook.
Research into attitudes reveals some startling findings.
It's easy to legislate for new offences and more incarceration. It's harder – and more expensive – to ensure the community is safer in the long term. This involves addressing causes, not effects.
The major parties are focusing on social media like never before to get their messaging out – and finding more creative ways to do it.
How did we become so submissive to a condition of constant surveillance that – except in spy movies or paranoid delusions – would have been considered preposterous a few decades ago?
Software makers including Apple have been creating apps aimed at limiting how much time we spend using our smartphones. A behavioral scientist explains how – and whether – they work.
Simple math reveals some surprising facts about the underlying structure of Facebook and other social networks.