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Just weeks after Facebook came under fire for its emotion-manipulation study, the popular dating site, OkCupid, defended the experiment saying, "That's how websites work." Plus, it revealed that OkCupid, too, has dabbled in user manipulation for the sake of research. Last month, an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed that Facebook manipulated the timelines of about 700,000 users in an attempt to study "emotional contagion through social networks." The study, which was conducted by Facebook, Cornell and the University of California-San Francisco, tested...
Ever heard of Amelia Earhart? Of course you have. Let's try again: Have you ever heard of Amelia Rose Earhart? If you still have visions of airplanes and global voyages circling in your head, you're not far off; Amelia Rose Earhart, named for the famous aviator herself, has just completed her own flight around the world. In an effort to recreate and symbolically complete Amelia Mary Earhart's fateful 1937 flight, modern-day Amelia took off from Oakland, C.A. on Thursday, June 26th and landed on Friday, July 11th after spanning the globe. Since we're all about girl power ourselves (and this...
China has developed military-style boot camps to treat teenagers who are addicted to the Internet.  Many of these teens were forced into the camps by their parents after China became the first country in the world to make Internet addiction an official disorder. For three to six months, the students in the camps complete drills and physical activities while being supervised constantly by former soldiers. Oftentimes, parents believe that their children's Internet habits are to blame for low grades. According to a study called Social Lives vs. Social Networks, 71 percent of people with an...