26. March 2013
Should even more caution be exercised when using the Like button on Facebook? By studying about 58,000 Facebook users in the U.S. British researchers found out that based on the “Like” data the characteristics of Facebook users can be determined quite accurately. Does this research now show that we are not that far away from being transparent humans? At least on the Internet?
Especially with the help of Facebook’s „Like“ button we (voluntarily) reveal quite a lot about our preferences and personality. With a mathematical model serving as basis for this study the “Likes” of images, status notices, or other websites were used to create a quite accurate personal profile. The Facebook data permit conclusions to the personality of the user with a precision of up to 95%.
13. September 2012
Those who have met online will be a couple much earlier, will move in together much earlier and will have children much earlier than other couples do. This is the result of a study of online and offline romantic relationships by the online dating site Parship.
Relationships that started over the internet are said to become serious much earlier than those that started by meeting in pubs, through mutual friends, or at work.
The following figures are convincing:
Two thirds of all couples that have met online, move in together within the first twelve months. 37 percent of the online couples get married within the first year of their relationship. And up to the first child it takes on average just 2.5 years. read more »
23. May 2012
According to a new Gallup study based on about 30,000 interviews conducted every month between 2008 and 2012, American nation is currently in its happiest mood. The Gallup and Healthways began examining emotional state in January 2008, and the latest Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index shows that Americans’ emotional health index score is now 79.9. The previous high was 79.8, which was reached in March 2008 and May 2010.
Participants of the study were asked to answer a group of special questions considering their emotions over the previous day, such as whether they experienced worry, enjoyment or stress, if they felt sad or happy, whether they learned something interesting, and if they smiled or laughed. After that the scientists compared with September 2011, and the results showed that Americans have higher scores in all of these categories.
According to researchers, improvements in emotional health occur at the same time as Americans views improve on their standards of living, as well as economic confidence.