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  1. Study Says Social Media Is Making Us Unhappy and Distrustful

    I bet they just want the publicity, though.

    The written word has a lot of drawbacks in missing out on tone and intention, which makes it soooo easy to pick up on stuff like sarcasm, you guys. On the Internet, it also has the drawback of trolling, and it turns out these problems seem to be causing social media to make people miserable.

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  2. New Study Suggests Social Media Users Are Less Likely To Share Opinions

    On this, the Internet? HOW.

    One of the biggest criticisms against social media is that its users must think their opinions are the most important ones to ever have been held through all of history and that everyone must hear them all the time for the good of humanity. Not true! According to a recently published study, most of us are actually kind of shy online and will withhold our real opinions, because we don't want people to hate us.

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  3. Facebook Is Cracking Down on Click-Bait Headlines, You Won’t Believe How (You Really Will)

    Like.

    You won't guess which giant tech company is finally doing something about click-bait! It's Facebook, as they announced today in a blog post about new changes to the news feed that will help reduce the prevalence of click-bait headlines in your feed. That way you don't have any trouble finding all those important cat videos and self-righteous fitness tracker posts.

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  4. Pandora’s Diversity Numbers Are Mostly Good News for Women, Not So Much for People of Color

    Or, more accurately: lack-of-diversity numbers.

    Even if the diversity numbers haven't been exactly encouraging, it's still great to see that tech companies are willing to acknowledge the problem by being transparent about it. Now the Internet radio streaming service Pandora has released their diversity numbers, and they're a lot better than the rest for women, but still not so much for everyone else.

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  5. This Is How IQ Scores Work and Why That Online Test Your Friends Keep Sharing on Facebook Is Nonsense

    And why we're all dumber for having taken it. May God have mercy on our souls.

    I'm going to assume that most people, what with their IQs ranging anywhere from 125-134, have figured out that the IQ test that's been going around on Facebook lately isn't more accurate than the "What Disney Character Are You?" or "Which Friends Character Should You Marry?" quizzes they've found on the ol' social network. Since we're not all actually undiscovered geniuses, here's the difference between your online quickie IQ test and a real one and how IQ scores actually work.

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  6. Links To The Onion on Facebook Will Be Tagged as Satire

    Wait. The Onion's not true?

    The popular satire site The Onion is now being tagged as "satire" on Facebook. The execution leaves a lot to be desired, though.

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  7. Study Shows People Fake Their Social Media Image to Appear Authentic, Surprising No One

    Also, the sky is blue.

    It's important to project an authentic image of yourself on social media—and I mean yourself, because I, on the other hand, will be carefully tailoring the perfect public image that I'd like to project while judging you for doing the same. At least, that's what a new study (or anyone who's ever been through high school) says.

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  8. OKCupid Says They Experiment on Users Like Facebook, Defends the Practice

    "Facebook likes this."

    Right now, advertisers are using data of what you do and don't click to better target their campaigns, the sites you're on are using metrics to figure out how to best get your interest and hold it, and OKCupid is experimenting on its users. How do we know? Because they just said so, and they're going to keep doing it, because that's how the Internet works.

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  9. New Social Sites Share the Profits From All the Pet and Baby Pictures Things You Post

    "My uncle made $300 a day working from home! Learn-" Mark as spam.

    Every time you write a post complaining about how awful Facebook is, remember that Facebook is lining its pockets with the money your whining is making it. If new social networks have anything to say about it, and if they can overcome Facebook's staggering ubiquity, you may soon have a way to make sure you're the one profiting off that viral video of you getting kicked in the pants or whatever.

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  10. In Continuing Quest to Stay Relevant, Facebook Adds “Buy” and “Save” Buttons

    Add a "cute puppy gif" button and maybe I'd start using Facebook again.

    Facebook is testing some features that it knows will actually get you to start using your account again: "buy" and "save for later" butto—ZZZZZZZZ.

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