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Limiting social media use reduced loneliness and depression in new experiment

The idea that social media can be harmful to our mental and emotional well-being is not a new one, but little has been done by researchers to directly measure the effect; surveys and correlative studies are at best suggestive. A new experimental study out of Penn State, however, directly links more social media use to worse emotional states, and less ...

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Social media makes you lonely and depressed, study says

A University of Pennsylvania study has proven that reducing social media use to 10 minutes a day (like that’s even possible) can help reduce depression and loneliness. Feeling depressed, lonely, disconnected? A new study from the University of Pennsylvania suggests prolonged exposure to social media might be the cause – which for some will come as little surprise, even though ...

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India’s Meesho, which enables social commerce via WhatsApp, raises $50M

Meesho, a Bangalore-based social commerce startup, has closed a $ 50 million investment to grow its business in its Indian homeland ahead of future international expansion. This Series C round means that Meesho, which graduated Y Combinator in 2016, has now raised three funding rounds in the past year. Its $ 3.4 million Series A came in October 2017 with ...

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Samsung’s social logo teases a folding phone ahead of announcement

All of the major players have held events over the past few months, but hardware season still has a few last gasps left. The Samsung Developer Conference happening this week in San Francisco isn’t likely to be a major launching pad for consumer electronics, but the company is expected to offer a glimpse into what’s to come. Samsung’s long been ...

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Social commerce startup Goxip lands $1.4M investment to add flexible payments

Social e-commerce startup Goxip raised $ 5 million in January, and now the Hong Kong-based business has brought in more cash with a strategic $ 1.4 million investment from financial services company Convoy. Existing backers including Chinese photo app company Meitu also took part. Convoy offers a range of services that include asset management, insurance and other investment options. Hong ...

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Travel warning for US? Social media debate after 72 hrs of hate-filled violence

US would issue travel alerts if same kind of violence was happening in other countries, a Washington Post editor wrote in a tweet after Pittsburg shooting. The post went viral resonating with people within and outside the country. “Front page of @washingtonpost right now. The United States would be issuing travel warnings against countries with this kind of violence and ...

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53% of US undergrads afraid to disagree with outspoken professors on political, social issues — poll

US college campuses have traditionally been known as havens of free speech among students, but now professors are increasingly sharing their opinions — and many undergraduates are afraid to disagree with them, a new survey found. Some 800 full-time undergraduate students at private and public four-year universities took part in the survey earlier this month that was conducted by McLaughlin ...

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‘Twitter is a tool to silence us’: Saudi women’s rights activist quits social media

A prominent Saudi activist has quit Twitter and Facebook, accusing the social media giants of becoming tools for despotic governments to target dissidents and rights campaigners with trolls and bots. Saudi women’s rights activist Manal al-Sharif dramatically deleted her Twitter account, which has some 300,000 followers, on stage last week at the SingularityU Nordic ‘global innovation’ conference. The next day ...

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Social network Gab to lose hosting after getting blamed for synagogue shooting

Social media platform Gab, where the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter had a page, is about to lose its hosting provider. Gab is being widely accused of enabling the shooting. Joyent, Gab’s hosting provider, sent it a message warning that because of unspecified “breach of the Joyent Terms of Service,” it will be pulling the plug on Gab on Monday morning. Earlier, ...

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Minds, the blockchain-based social network, grabs a $6M Series A

Minds, a decentralized social network, has raised $ 6 million in Series A funding from Medici Ventures, Overstock.com’s venture arm. Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne will join the Minds Board of Directors. What is a decentralized social network? The creators, who originally crowdfunded their product, see it as an anti-surveillance, anti-censorship, and anti-“big tech” platform that ensures that no one party ...

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