Technology News

Internet Addiction is Worldwide Issue

December 19th, 2014
Experts define Internet addiction as an impulse-control problem distinguished by an inability to inhibit Internet use. This addiction can adversely affect a person's life, including their health and interpersonal relationships, reports a new study. Researchers, however, did not find an association between high levels ...

Virtual Body-Swapping May Reduce Racism

December 16th, 2014
A new study uses technology to create illusions that may be used to reduce prejudice and racism. An illusion is a distortion of the senses, revealing how the brain normally organizes and interprets sensory stimulation. Though illusions distort reality, they are generally shared ...

‘Technoference’ Tied to Lower Relationship Quality

December 16th, 2014
In a new study, couples who allowed technology to frequently interrupt their time together (even when it's unintentional) also reported lower relationship satisfaction, more depressive symptoms, and lower life satisfaction overall. There is a word for this new phenomenon: "technoference." The term, coined ...

Teaching Elderly to Use Social Media Improves Well-being

December 15th, 2014
A new landmark study from the UK finds that training older people in the use of social media has a myriad of benefits. Researchers found that proficiency in social media improves cognitive capacity, increases a sense of self-competence, and could have a ...

Looking at Social Media Reactions After Terrorist Attack

December 13th, 2014
How do people from distant communities react just after a terrorist attack? As they reach out through social media, how do they show their support and express their own fears? These were some of the questions pursued by researchers from the University of ...

Saving Data Can Prime Human Memory for New Info

December 11th, 2014
New psychological research suggests saving something, such as a file on a computer, may improve our memory for the information we encounter next. Researchers theorize that the act of unloading information helps to free up cognitive resources that can then be used to ...

Data-Mining Twitter Posts for Mental Health Insights

December 10th, 2014
Emerging research suggests that posts on the social media site Twitter can be a quick and inexpensive source of health information. The posts have been used to map the outbreak of flu and now, a group of Johns Hopkins computers scientists say their ...

Obesity Can Shorten Life Up to 8 Years

December 8th, 2014
A new Canadian study finds that overweight and obese individuals may have their life expectancy shortened by up to eight years. Researchers from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, examined the relationship between body weight and life expectancy. Their study is published in the journal ...

More Smartphone Use Leads to ‘Leisure Distress’

December 6th, 2014
A new study has found that young adults who are high-frequency smartphone users experience “leisure distress,” defined as feeling uptight, stressed, and anxious during free time. “The high-frequency cell phone user may not have the leisure skills necessary to creatively fill their free ...

On-Line Intervention Reduces Suicide Risk in Veterans

December 5th, 2014
A new study suggests a brief online intervention may help veterans reduce the risk of suicide. In their research, psychologist from Florida State University developed a simple computer-based approach to treating anxiety sensitivity. They believe the software may provide significant benefit for veterans ...