Instagram's redesign shifts toward shopping – here's how that can be harmful

Instagram's Shop button signals the growing commodification of human interactions on social media.

Nazanin Andalibi, Assistant Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan • conversation
Dec. 28, 2020 ~9 min

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Parents: More TV for kids can amp up your stress

The more TV that kids watch, the more ads they see, and that can make life more stressful for parents, according to new research.

Alexis Blue-U. Arizona • futurity
Nov. 10, 2020 ~8 min

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Tool reveals top spenders on Facebook political ads

A newly developed tool aims to make spending on political ads on Facebook much more transparent in the run up to election 2020.

Karl Greenberg-NYU • futurity
Sept. 23, 2020 ~7 min

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Tool reveals top spenders on Facebook political ads

A newly developed tool aims to make spending on political ads on Facebook much more transparent in the run up to election 2020.

Karl Greenberg-NYU • futurity
Sept. 23, 2020 ~7 min

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Political ads don’t really persuade voters

Despite the billions spent each presidential election year, political ads don't move the needle much at all for voters, researchers say.

Bess Connolly Martell-Yale • futurity
Sept. 3, 2020 ~6 min

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Tracking robocalls debunks myths and clears up mysteries

Robocalls aren't getting more frequent, resarchers report. That's just one finding from work dedicated to tracking robocalls to reduce or eliminate them.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Aug. 18, 2020 ~7 min

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Coronavirus infecting Australian jobs: vacancy rates down since early February

Job ads are 12% lower than expected this year.

Marian-Andrei Rizoiu, Lecturer in Computer Science, University of Technology Sydney • conversation
March 22, 2020 ~6 min

 machine-learning  covid-19  advertising  jobs  labour-market  economic-indicators

Free thought: can you ever be a truly independent thinker?

The captain of a ship, or a soul, doesn't sail while ignoring the wind – sometimes they go with it, sometimes against it, but they always account for it.

Tom Stafford, Lecturer in Psychology and Cognitive Science, University of Sheffield • conversation
March 12, 2020 ~8 min

 brain  psychology  philosophy  advertising  free-will  culture  lifes-big-questions

Teen brains are no match for fast food TV ads

Fast food advertisements on TV can prime teen brains to make unhealthy food choices, even when those ads are for salads and smoothies, new research shows.

Jared Wadley-Michigan • futurity
Jan. 16, 2020 ~3 min

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Myth-busting ads cut high-risk college student drinking

A marketing campaign designed to educate college students about the social norms around drinking on campus cut dangerous behaviors and high-risk drinking.

Kim Ward-Michigan State • futurity
Jan. 2, 2020 ~4 min

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