Food filters: Here’s how to make healthy meals look tastier on social media


ATHENS, Ga. — While mouth-watering images of giant burgers or sugary cakes typically dominate social media, researchers from the University of Georgia report that healthier foods can become just as popular online. They just need a little more help than fatty foods. To start, all pictures of food aren’t created equal. Images of fully-loaded entrees or …

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Facing angry customers on social media? Here’s how to de-escalate the hate

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CHICAGO — Social media is a great way for businesses and brands to directly interact with the public, but that also means dealing with some not-so-happy customers from time to time. Business managers often struggle with how best to respond to angry customers and comments online, but new collaborative research is here to help. After investigating …

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Extreme influence: Polarizing social media discussions largely driven by far left, far right

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PROVO, Utah — Browsing social media, it’s easy to get the impression that most people are either staunchly conservative or liberal, with no middle ground in between. After all, most posts that “go viral,” or are propped up by platforms’ algorithms, espouse quite polarizing controversial opinions. New research from Brigham Young University, however, reports that the …

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30-minute daily change will leave you happier, healthier

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BOCHUM, Germany — You’ve heard it tons of times already: Put down the phone! Excessive screen time and scrolling is a modern epidemic. If you’re in need of some new motivation to take a break from technology, consider new research just released by The Ruhr University Bochum in Germany. Researchers report spending just 30 minutes less …

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Study exposes how Facebook ‘clickbait’ entices users into reading posts

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NORTH RHINE-WESTPHALIA, Germany — It’s hardly a secret that social media isn’t the best use of our time. Still, millions keep on scrolling, clicking, and commenting for hours on end. Now, researchers from the University of Duisburg-Essen have documented some of the unique ways headlines on Facebook “bait” users into interacting with posts. The general topic …

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Arguing online? Mentioning ‘white privilege’ can make things much worse

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The next time you find yourself in a debate online, avoid using the term “white privilege.” Researchers at the University of Michigan say doing so will almost certainly lead to a more hostile conversation. Study authors report mentioning the term can create internet discussions that are less constructive, more polarized, and less …

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