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In the digital swirl of Facebook status updates, emotions expressed online can be contagious, according to a new study encompassing more than 100 million people in the U.S. and a billion messages they posted.

WSJ story on a new study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, Yale University and Facebook Inc.

Bring a whole new meaning to “going viral,” doesn’t it?

What Americans do on an average workday

What Americans do on an average workday

NPR

via theatlantic:

Study: No News is Better Than Fox News

A survey by Farleigh Dickinson University asked 1,185 random people about their news consumption and also random questions about domestic and current events like whether Bashar al-Assad was still in power, the American unemployment rate, and which party holds the most seats in the House of Representatives right now. And this is what they found:

The largest effect is that of Fox News: all else being equal, someone who watched only Fox News would be expected to answer just 1.04 domestic questions correctly — a figure which is significantly worse than if they had reported watching no media at all.

via theatlantic:

Study: No News is Better Than Fox News

survey by Farleigh Dickinson University asked 1,185 random people about their news consumption and also random questions about domestic and current events like whether Bashar al-Assad was still in power, the American unemployment rate, and which party holds the most seats in the House of Representatives right now. And this is what they found:

The largest effect is that of Fox News: all else being equal, someone who watched only Fox News would be expected to answer just 1.04 domestic questions correctly — a figure which is significantly worse than if they had reported watching no media at all.

OKCupid did A-B testing of photos over a period of months to help analyze what charecteristics made some people seem more attractive. Utilizing the mass of voters on the online dating service allowed them to accurately gauge photo settings empirically, rather than individual attractiveness. Among their findings:
Better cameras (ie SLRs) make you look more attractive than cameraphones.  Except for Kodak.
Flash makes everyone look older (about 7+ years).  Try using a softer light.
Shallow depth of field improves attractiveness scores.  Plus it looks a little more professional.
Sunset (and Sunrise) are more than for romantic walks; their golden glow makes you look better too.
Pretty impressive use of A-B testing, right?  Read their full blog post to better understand their study.

OKCupid did A-B testing of photos over a period of months to help analyze what charecteristics made some people seem more attractive. Utilizing the mass of voters on the online dating service allowed them to accurately gauge photo settings empirically, rather than individual attractiveness. Among their findings:

  1. Better cameras (ie SLRs) make you look more attractive than cameraphones.  Except for Kodak.
  2. Flash makes everyone look older (about 7+ years).  Try using a softer light.
  3. Shallow depth of field improves attractiveness scores.  Plus it looks a little more professional.
  4. Sunset (and Sunrise) are more than for romantic walks; their golden glow makes you look better too.

Pretty impressive use of A-B testing, right?  Read their full blog post to better understand their study.