A social psychologist explains how to avoid being misled, and how to prevent yourself – and others – from spreading inaccurate information.
There are a few simple tricks anyone can use.
Incidents that may have been mere hiccups a few years ago can go viral in an instant today. ABC seems to have learned from the mistakes of others.
As austerity bites, people are turning to social media for help with mental issues. Despite the fact that even Facebook agrees social media can be bad for mental health.
The law around ‘sexting’ needs to be overhauled as the way young people communicate changes and evolves.
It’s widely accepted that young people living in children’s homes or foster care are vulnerable to mental illness, but new research shows that social media can actually help.
Social media can act like an online CV, so be careful what you share.
Sociologists know what conditions make it more likely a mass delusion will take hold and spread through a group – whether adherence to a fashion fad or belief in a doomsday cult.
The way people use social media – and the algorithms inside those systems – increases passions, and drives people to polarizing extremes.
Parents can cause privacy problems by oversharing their child’s pictures online.
Australian Twitter users largely ignored news from Syria, North Korea and other trouble spots in June, focussing instead on domestic politics.