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Study Charts Rising Trend of Image-Based Sexual Abuse

Image-based sexual abuse in Australia is increasing, according to new research. A survey of more than 2000 Australians found 1 in 3 had been victims of image-based abuse, compared with 1 in 5 in 2016. The survey also found the perpetration of image-based abuse had increased, with 1 in 6 people surveyed reporting they had...

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Our Digital Afterlife

Social media pages and accounts often turn into memorials when someone dies, giving people a chance to still feel connected to those they’ve lost. But after we’re gone, who owns the information on our pages? Who can access them? Faheem Hussain, a clinical assistant professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society...

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Facial Expressions Don’t Tell the Whole Story of Emotion

Interacting with other people is almost always a game of reading cues and volleying back. We think a smile conveys happiness, so we offer a smile in return. We think a frown shows sadness, and maybe we attempt to cheer that person up. Some businesses are even working on technology to determine customer satisfaction through...

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Out-Of-Context Photos Are a Powerful Low-Tech Form of Misinformation

When you think of visual misinformation, maybe you think of deepfakes – videos that appear real but have actually been created using powerful video editing algorithms. The creators edit celebrities into pornographic movies, and they can put words into the mouths of people who never said them. But the majority of visual misinformation that people...

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How Social Media Makes Breakups That Much Worse

Imagine flipping through your Facebook News Feed first thing in the morning and spotting a notification that your ex is now “in a relationship.” Or maybe the Memories feature shows a photo from that beach vacation you took together last year. Or your ex-lover’s new lover’s mom shows up under People You May Know. Scenarios...

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Many Teens Are Victims of Digital Dating Abuse; Boys Get the Brunt of It

With February being Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, new research is illuminating how this problem is manifesting online. “Digital dating abuse” as it has been termed, uses technology to repetitively harass a romantic partner with the intent to control, coerce, intimidate, annoy or threaten them. Given that youth in relationships today are constantly in touch...

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Time Spent Watching Television Does Not Replace Physical Activity for Finnish Men

A large proportion of highly active men watch more television than their low-active peers do. In contrast, highly active women watch less television than low-active women do. Previous studies have found prolonged television time to be more harmful to health than other domains of sedentariness. A recent longitudinal study with a ten-year follow-up examined how...

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Women in Arab Countries Find Themselves Torn Between Opportunity and Tradition

Arab women, long relegated to the private sphere by law and social custom, are gaining new access to public life. All countries of the Arab Gulf now have workforce “nationalization policies” that aim to reduce dependency on migrant labor by getting more women into the workforce. Saudi Arabia set a goal of 30% female labor...

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Oscar Snub of ‘Little Women’ Shows the Limits of Hollywood Feminism

The Oscars have long represented a way for the American film industry to celebrate and market its achievements. Even when there are surprising wins, like this year’s top awards sweep by South Korean film Parasite, the Oscars tell us more about the values of the industry or what it wants to say than what might...