Author: Aleksandra

  • The psychology of fake news: how disinformation spreads online

    6 in 10 people will share an article online after having read only its title. 23% of Americans admit to having posted a fake story online. Yet, most of us consider ourselves immune to online disinformation – but if that’s so, why has fake news become so pervasive? Here is what psychology says about the […]

  • Digital childhood: kids and social media

    Recently Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said that he wouldn’t want his children to use social media, joining with this statement a growing group of digitally disillusioned tech executives. Meanwhile, social network giants like Facebook seem to make every effort to keep kids firmly glued to screens: the new app Messenger for kids is designed to […]

  • Why Facebook’s News Feed changes won’t increase our well-being

    When last week Mark Zuckerberg announced another major overhaul to Facebook’s algorithm, he explained it with his company’s aim to ensure people’s connectedness and “well-being” when using the platform. As per research, he put it, people feel happier and less lonely when actively engaging with their friends online, and become less happy when they passively […]

  • Narcissists and social media: a (self-)love story

    We all have those annoying Facebook friends who simply can’t stop posting selfies. As soon as they cross the threshold of a location, they create a check-in status, and never fail to inform us if they feel “excited” or “relaxed” there. Eventually, we block such people, but aren’t we all like that at times? Psychologists […]

  • Emojis: why we love them so much and what they mean

    Those colorful symbols appear everywhere – even as decoration in high-fashion collections and, very soon, in movies. Yes, emojis have left the digital realm and firmly entrench themselves in today’s popular culture. They have also changed the ways we communicate. A new language The world can sigh with relief: a set of 72 new emojis […]

  • The secret language of profile photos

    Headshots, kittens or group selfies – the profile photos we choose reveal a great deal about us. Here are some interesting findings on how to interpret them. The stamp on the envelope Profile pictures are our self-chosen public representations. These visuals show how we see ourselves and how we want to be seen by others, […]

  • Gender and social media

    Ever wondered why there are more women than men on Pinterest? Or noticed that trolls are often male? Take a look at some fascinating gender-specific behaviors on social. News vs friendships To start with the basics: while men are online to search for information, women use the platforms predominantly to connect with people. Studies also […]

  • The psychology of foodstagramming

    Take a brief scroll at your Instagram feed. Chances are, you will spot a food photo. Indeed #food, #foodporn #instafood and #yummy are amongst the 100 most popular Instagram hashtags in 2016 (Websta). Together they result in 438,921,588 photos. That means food is the most photographed thing on the platform, even if we count out […]

  • How reading online comments affects us

    Do you often scroll down news articles or social media posts to read (and relish) the comments below? It’s our common foible. Out of boredom or curiosity, at times we all like to imbibe the wisdom of the crowd. Skimming through comments, however, is not a harmless pastime. Psychology has tons to say about online […]