Recent research about graphic animations (GIF’s) suggest these images can convey nuanced and complex layers of meaning that are not possible with text-only or face-to-face communication. Hence, studies are beginning to show that people may overestimate the negative consequences of technology, not only on social skills but in other areas as well. In fact, studies suggest that new technologies may be enabling more effective face-to-face connections. … [Read more...] about Are Young People’s Social Skills Declining?
Conspiracy theories often have a significant negative impact on the people who believe them and those around them. They can increase feelings of mistrust and lead to disengagement from society including reduced intention to vaccinate, less engagement in climate science, and a higher likelihood to participate in low-level crime. … [Read more...] about COVID-19 Brings a Pandemic of Conspiracy Theories