This is a study that got me surprised, to be honest. It found that older adults are no more likely to fall for fake news than younger adults, with age-related susceptibility to deceptive news evident only among those categorized as the ‘oldest old.’ A couple of elements to consider: the study was conducted during the… Read More No, older adults seem not to be more likely to fall for fake news than younger adults
This is an interesting new study by Dr. Julia Brailovskaia and her team, although some limitations are obvious. The researchers compared 3 groups to know how much less smartphone use per day is good for us. They compared: the effect of complete smartphone abstinence versus a reduction in time spent daily looking at the screen… Read More How much less smartphone use per day is good for us.
Michiel Walrave and colleagues published an interesting qualitative study in Frontiers on sharenting: Exploring Parents’ and Adolescents’ Sharenting Boundaries Through the Lens of Communication Privacy Management Theory (CPM): Specifically, CPM recognizes three general principles (i.e., “privacy ownership,” “privacy rules,” and “privacy turbulence”) to clarify the privacy-related choices individuals make when managing the disclosure of information… Read More Interesting new study: The Limits of Sharenting
I do hope that I’m not sharing false information, but I’m pretty sure I’m not: In this episode 29 of PsychCrunch, the podcast from the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest our presenters Ginny Smith and Jon Sutton explore the psychology of misinformation. They hear about the factors that make people more or less likely to share misinformation,… Read More BPS Podcast: Why do people share false information?
Some people think we are living in a time of misinformation, although they could be misinformed. Still, this study shows that adults with depressive symptoms were twice as likely to support misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines. Less surprising: people who endorsed false statements were half as likely to be vaccinated against COVID-19. And yes, these are… Read More People with depressive symptoms are more likely to believe false statements about COVID-19 vaccines
Sometimes it’s a bit of a strange situation that you find a new piece of research by someone you know through someone you know. I found this umbrella review by Patti Valkenburg via Dan Willingham. It’s a small world indeed. What is this preprint about? Research into the impact of social media use (SMU) on… Read More Interesting preprint: Social Media Use and Well-Being: What we Know and What We Need to Know
Whenever you look something up on Google, do you know what your knowledge is and what Google gave you as information? You might think that you do, but research by Adrian Ward that he’s been working on for almost a decade shows it’s probably not the case: In the current digital age, people are constantly… Read More People mistake the internet’s knowledge for their own