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This Study Of Gendered Words Used On Facebook Looks Pretty Dismal On Both Ends

Socio-linguistic analysis of words we use on Facebook

Gender stereotypes: let’s pretend, for a moment, that they exist for a reason, reason being that they are sometimes (sometimes) applicable. The largest analysis ever undertaken of words we use on Facebook, a socio-linguistic study published by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Cambridge University, produced “strong results” emerging from the analysis aligning with “past studies of gender.” It’s up to the individual to draw their own conclusion from what is presented in front of them, and that conclusion may very well be, “holy shit, we are all just horrible boilerplate human Internet stereotypes.” It’s really up to you. Check out the full image, after the jump … [Gawker] Keep reading »

Wife Comes Up With Really Creative Way To Shame Cheating Husband On Facebook

People have a variety of responses when they catch a spouse cheating. But Sonya Gore’s was by far the most creative. She had her unfaithful husband, Ivan Lewis, “prove his love” for her by posting a picture of himself holding a sign that says “I cheated on my wife!!! (and she was ugly!!!)” on Facebook. Gore has agreed to take her estranged husband back (they’ve allegedly been separated for the last two years because of Lewis’ previous infidelities) if her can get 10,000 Facebook likes. He’s currently at 5,457. Keep reading »

How To Unfriend Someone On Facebook With Minimal Drama

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This weekend, I got dumped. Facebook friend dumped, that is. And I would not have even noticed that I was short one FB friend had the person not emailed me to explain why he was unfriending me.

Justin, as I’ll call him, is an old friend. There wasn’t any ill will between us (I swear!), so when I friended him on Facebook, I thought we’d get back in touch. He accepted my request.

But not for long.   Keep reading »

An Online Dating Site Used Pictures Of Rehtaeh Parsons, The Gang Rape Victim Who Hung Herself, To Advertise On Facebook

An Online Dating Site Used Pictures Of Rehtaeh Parsons, The Gang Rape Victim Who Hung Herself, To Advertise On Facebook

You might remember the story of Rehtaeh Parsons, the 17-year-old girl from Nova Scotia, Canada who hung herself after she was allegedly raped at a party and had a photograph of the incident passed around to her classmates. Her story was unspeakable and horrendous. Now, imagine that you’re one of her friends or loved ones and you’re scrolling through Facebook and you see her face on a popup for an online dating site. That’s exactly what happened to Rehtaeh’s mother, Leah Parsons — she found a picture of her deceased daughter advertising how to “Find Love In Canada!” for dating company called ionechat.com. You can read more of her mother’s thoughts about this tragedy in a piece she penned for XOJane. Keep reading »

The Key To A Non-Depressing Facebook Experience? Stop Lurking.

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Within the past couple years, numerous studies have claimed Facebook is hazardous to our mental health and ruining our self-esteem. There have also been numerous studies that claim the opposite: Facebook is making our lives rich and full and positive and improving our relationships. The New Yorker recently posted a fascinating synopsis of the confusing, contradictory body of research surrounding the social media behemoth, and discovered that whether Facebook makes you happy or sad depends on how you use it. If you’re logging on to actively interact with friends (commenting, messaging, sharing posts, etc.), the site can genuinely enhance your life and make you feel more connected to people (bombshell, right?). If, however, you’re using Facebook the way many of us do, and just passively scrolling through photos and status updates while grumbling under your breath that everyone’s life is better than yours, well, you’re not going to feel very good about yourself. The moral of this story? If you want to have a fulfilling Facebook experience, stop lurking and start engaging. [NPR] [Photo of Facebook logo via Shutterstock]

10 Signs You’re Shamelessly Humblebragging on Facebook

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This week, a really talented high school acquaintance of mine won a reality TV series. She deserved it and my whole hometown is crazy proud. The downside, however, is the namedropping explosion on my Facebook newsfeed about how everyone who only spoke two sentences to her in their life is now her best friend, has been on the edge of their seat weeping with glee because they are so invested in her success, and always knew she’d be a star from the moment they met her at age five. Cool story, guys.

Name-dropping on social media is something we’re all guilty of to some extent. I’ll be the first to admit I’ve done it. I mean, Facebook practically invented the modern-day humblebrag, didn’t it? Most of us can’t help ourselves on some level. It’s in our nature. But some people just know no boundaries when it comes to how far they will go to seem like the Most Important Person You Know.

There is a time and place for name-dropping and humblebragging (Thanksgiving dinner with your parents’ judgmental friends, maybe?), and Facebook is not it. But of course, it’s the go-to place for social climbers and attention seekers alike to share their competitive streaks with the world. Behold, 10 types of Facebook statuses used by name-droppers. If you recognize yourself in these, it’s time to reassess your social media behavior. Keep reading »

These Boobies Were Banned From Facebook

These Boobies Were Banned From Facebook

We know that Facebook has been cracking down on boobs and nipples in the last couple of years, but they’ve officially taken it too far. When Christmas Island Tourism Board posted an ad for its annual Bird’n’Nature Week with the caption “Some gorgeous shots here of some juvenile boobies,” Facebook blocked it immediately. In this instance, boobies are a species of blue-footed birds found on the island.

“We presumed our original advert was blocked automatically so we appealed to Facebook directly who re-affirmed the campaign was banned due to the sexual language – particularly the use of the word ‘boobies,’” said Linda Cash, the marketing manager of the Christmas Island Tourism Association. Although she assured the social media site that they had just intended to share the pics of the beautiful winged creatures without any sexual implications whatsoever, they refused to reinstate the ad. Facebook, you idiot. Bring back the beautiful, juvenile boobies! [Betabeat]

Addicted To Facebook? Cure Yourself With The Pavlov Poke!

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Robert R. Morris and Dan McDuff, two PhD candidates at MIT, estimate that they waste a combined 50 hours a week scrolling mindlessly through Facebook. In an effort to curb their social media addiction, the pair came up with a novel solution called the Pavlov Poke. Named after the famous physiologist Ivan Pavlov, whose bell-ringing experiments on dogs showed proof of a conditional reflex, Morris and McDuff’s device seeks to train humans in a similar way — only with mild electric shocks. The Pavlov Poke is an accessory that plugs into a user’s keyboard and tracks their online habits. Log on to Facebook and BZZZZ — you receive an electric shock (not strong enough to hurt you, but enough to get your attention). Keep reading »

The Love Story Behind That Beautiful Photo Of A Woman Carrying Her Double-Amputee Marine Husband

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You might have seen this picture pop on your Facebook newsfeed sometime in the past couple days. A smiling woman stands in a lake, carrying her double amputee husband on her back, as he grins and holds her close. It was posted a couple weeks ago on the photographer’s Facebook page, and has since gone viral, garnering over 15,000 likes and nearly 4,000 shares. The people in the photo are Kelly and Jesse Cottle. Jesse is a Marine who lost his legs after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan four years ago. Several months later, while trying out his new prosthetic legs at a local swim meet, he met Kelly. “If I hadn’t stepped on that IED, I wouldn’t have met her,” Jesse told ABC News. “I wouldn’t take it back ever.”  Keep reading »

8 OMG Discoveries I’ve Made Thanks To Social Media

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Have you ever signed onto Facebook and scrolled through your newsfeed expecting mundane day-after-day status updates when BAM! You find out your co-worker who was formerly a he is now a she? Or you see an Instagram photo of your former arch-nemesis sorority sister who is pregnant by her best friend’s boyfriend. Mhmm.

Thanks to the wonderful world of social media, I’ve discovered some shocking things that I might not have learned otherwise, both good and bad. Here are eight real-life OMG moments that I’ve found out through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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