Category: College of Communication

Facebook is threat to marriage, study says

July 8th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Houston Chronicle, James Katz, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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James Katz, College of Communication

Love and marriage may go together but so do Facebook and divorce, that’s according to a study based on Texas couples…

Expert quote:

“The apparent association between the use of Facebook and other social networking sites and divorce and marital unhappiness in the United States raises troubling questions not only about how we use these tools, but how their use affects marriage. The institution of marriage, already under siege in many quarters, seems to be facing yet further assault from people’s growing enthrallment with social media.”

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Is Facebook causing divorces?

July 8th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, James Katz, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Wall Street Journal 0 comments

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James Katz, College of Communication

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Social Media Linked to Infidelity, Divorce

July 7th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, College of Communication, James Katz, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

KATZThe Social Graf
James Katz, College of Communication

While Facebook apparently experiments with our emotions from time to time, most of the psychological damage we incur by using social media is probably self-inflicted…

Expert quote:

“The apparent association between the use of Facebook and other social networking sites and divorce and marital unhappiness in the United States raises troubling questions not only about how we use these tools, but how their use affects marriage. The institution of marriage, already under siege in many quarters, seems to be facing yet further assault from people’s growing enthrallment with social media.”

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DCF slow to respond to public records requests

July 6th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tom Fiedler 0 comments

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Tom Fiedler, College of Communication

After the state Department of Children and Families came under siege last fall for losing track of a young Fitchburg boy who was later found dead, officials had a telling response: They hunkered down and stopped responding to many requests for information…

Expert quote:

“I think what we are seeing here is deliberate foot dragging. They know that a reporter who is following the story is generally going to have a limited amount of time before the reporter has to move on.”

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Quit Social Media, Save Your Marriage

July 5th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, College of Communication, Newsmakers, NPR, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

NPR “All Tech Considered Blog”
College of Communication

Your wife comes to bed late — again — after spending hours on Facebook. Maybe you feel like your husband is more focused on Twitter than you. Here’s a pro tip: You’re not imagining it. Your relationship really could be headed for rocky shores, if not splitsville, according to a new study from Boston UniversityResearchers found that, in general, people who use social media are 32 percent more likely to think about leaving their spouse. Facebook in particular is “a positive, significant predictor of divorce rate and spousal troubles,” it notes…

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Is That Yelp Review Legit?

July 2nd, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, John Carroll, Newsmakers, NPR 0 comments

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John Carroll, College of Communication

There was a time when people made decisions about where they would dine, who would paint their house and who would do their hair all based on word-of-mouth recommendations from family and friends…

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T-Mobile’s Legere Sputters Over FTC’s Cramming Accusations

July 2nd, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, E-Commerce Times, Newsmakers, T. Barton Carter 0 comments

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T. Barton Carter, College of Communication

T-Mobile’s efforts to market itself as the un-carrier that puts customers first may be impacted by the United States Federal Trade Commission’s allegations that it has engaged in “cramming” — charging consumers for services offered by third-party companies without the consumers’ knowledge or authorization…

Expert quote:

“Turning over a new leaf still leaves T-Mobile liable for previous overcharges.”

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Emotional Backlash Unlikely to Unsettle Facebook

July 2nd, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, E-Commerce Times, John Carroll, Newsmakers 0 comments

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John Carroll, College of Communication

It’s unlikely that Facebook’s psych experiment that turned some 700,000 of its users into involuntary lab rats will hurt its brand or advertising revenue. However, Facebook’s research on the emotional impact of content in the News Feeds of its members has unleashed a torrent of criticism…

Expert quote:

“This isn’t collecting data and employing it for marketing purposes. This was more like a lab experiment. It goes beyond the standard digital vacuuming of people’s data. This was not a test to improve service. This was a test to heighten the attachment of Facebook users to the site.”

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Is Facebook killing your marriage? How people who use social media are 32% more likely to leave their spouses

July 2nd, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Daily Mail, James Katz, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

KATZDaily Mail
James Katz, College of Communication

People who use social media are 32 per cent more likely to think about leaving their spouses, according to a new study.

Expert quote:

“The study looked at data to understand human behavior as it’s affected by communication technology, especially technologies that are mobile-based.”

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Apple Is Still Searching for Its Inner Don Draper

June 30th, 2014 in 2014, Bloomberg, College of Communication, Edward Boches, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Edward Boches, College of Communication

Over the years, Apple has excelled at tasks that are typically outsourced to consultants, such as public relations and product design. So far, its decision to bring advertising in-house is not faring as well…

Expert quote:

“Apple’s best advertising always had something to do with a rival — IBM, or Microsoft, or in the case of Think Different, mediocrity. These ads just feel a little too soft, too safe.”

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