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Data Science of the Facebook World

Stephen Wolfram used the data provided by Facebook users to do some demographic analysis.
posted by reenum on May 6, 2013 - 7 comments

The Ben Franklin Effect; both not, and totally Rule 34 applicable.

The entertaining youtube channel Vsauce takes an interesting look at The Science of the Friend Zone. [via]
posted by quin on Feb 13, 2013 - 27 comments

the intersection of social media and sharing political opinions

I Want To Talk About Politics On Facebook vs. Get Out Of My Facebook, Politics: two arguments for and against using social media to share political opinions (presented on Thought Catalog) [more inside]
posted by flex on Oct 3, 2012 - 78 comments

Do I know you?

What you don't know about your friends: The problem, [Francis Flynn, a psychology professor at Stanford] says, is that interacting with people and sharing experiences with them doesn’t necessarily translate into knowing lots of things about them. The main hurdle is the way we talk to those we’re close to: our conversations are usually meant not so much to gather information as to establish rapport and to bond - in short, to make friends.
posted by Korou on Aug 18, 2009 - 69 comments

The Boston Marriage.

The Boston Marriage. An article in Ms. Magazine describes the author's choice to live with a beloved friend rather than a sexual partner. The arrangement differs from a typical roommate situation in that the two people involved take care of each other and socialize together like a couple traditionally would, and are even considering raising a child together - yet they are heterosexual and have lovers that don't interfere with their partnership. For straight people that don't want to live alone forever but are disillusioned with marriage... could this be the social institution of the future?
posted by hazyjane on Jun 14, 2001 - 17 comments

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