The Fruit Snack Challenge, What is It? Psychologist Walter Mischel Started Craze In ’70s With A Single Marshmallow
The Fruit Snack Challenge has become a quarantine trend among celebrities across the country with young kids. Although the challenge has led to many new social media posts and activities to participate in while in quarantine, the original challenge was very different than it is today.Walter Mischel, a psychologist in the 1970s, first used the challenge, named the Marshmallow Test, to learn more about the self-control of children under the age of five. Their goal of the challenge was to learn more about will power in young children and how it would translate to their lives later on in pursuing ...
The cure to doomscrolling blues? Chicago professor's #SomethingBeautiful hashtag strikes a COVID-19 chord worldwide.
CHICAGO — The bleakness of the COVID-19 pandemic recalls another time when social media sites like Twitter were overflowing with contention — the 2016 presidential election. Back then, Ada Palmer, a University of Chicago associate professor of history, wanted to do something about it, she said.“I noticed how much Twitter was filling up with pain, hate and blame and criticism,” Palmer said. “I decided when we really do need to be looking at news — because Twitter is some of the fastest and, in a strange way, most reliable crowdsourced news — there needs to be some kind of psychological break fr...
Cardinals All-Stars Molina, DeJong and four other players reveal positive tests for COVID-19
MILWAUKEE — In a social media post on Instagram, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina said he was “saddened” to reveal that he was one of the seven players who tested positive for COVID-19.Through the team, five of his teammates also revealed that they had positive tests for COVID-19: All-Star shortstop Paul DeJong, relievers Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley, infielder Edmundo Sosa, and corner infielder Rangel Ravelo.“I am saddened to test positive for COVID-19 even after continuing with the recommended prevention measures,” Molina wrote in Spanish on a post that came accompanied with a photo of h...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Former UW standouts Myles Gaskin, Azeem Victor back Pac-12 Unity Movement: 'Change has to take place. It has to.'
Myles Gaskin and Azeem Victor both saw it on social media. The former UW football teammates separately stumbled onto an Instagram post from current Husky outside linebacker Joe Tryon on Sunday. They saw a photo with the traditional Pac-12 Conference crest, and each member institution surrounding it in a circle. And they saw a three-word hashtag, in bold across the bottom:#WEAREUNITEDTryon — along with UW wide receiver Ty Jones and 10 others from nine total programs — comprise the Pac-12 Unity Movement, which claims to represent “hundreds of Pac-12 football players throughout our conference.” O...
The Seattle Times
TCU football players boycott practice after coach allegedly repeats slur said by player
TCU head football coach Gary Patterson allegedly told a player to stop using the N-word in team meetings and, in doing so during a testy exchange at practice on Sunday, allegedly repeated the racial slur himself.Linebacker Dylan Jordan described his version of the incident in a lengthy social media post Monday, saying Patterson’s use of the N-word prompted a number of players to boycott Monday’s practice.Jordan alleges that during Sunday’s practice Patterson called him “a f ——— brat. I’ll send you back to Pitt,” referring to Jordan’s hometown of Pittsburg, Kansas.Jordan replied: “For what? I a...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Social media, facial recognition helped ID vandalism suspects during Philly protests
PHILADELPHIA — As he posted a collection of images he shot during the protests that gripped Philadelphia after the police killing of George Floyd, Sammy Rivera beseeched his Instagram followers to be careful of what they shared online.“Photos and video footage of the protests were used to pick out protesters who were then identified and tracked down via their online/social media presence,” he wrote in the caption to his June 26 post that warned just “how easy it could potentially be for others to be tracked down and arrested or worse.”Five weeks later, Rivera himself was placed in handcuffs, a...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Michael Cohen can publish Trump book, speak to media under new probation deal
NEW YORK — The fixer is free to speak his mind again.Michael Cohen can publish his tell-all book about President Donald Trump, use social media and speak to journalists while serving out the rest of his prison sentence in home confinement, according to a new probation agreement released Thursday.The new agreement does not include any limitations on Cohen’s free speech rights and merely compels him to abide by common home confinement conditions, such as checking in with a probation officer at least twice a week, refraining from drinking alcohol and remaining at his apartment at nearly all times...
New York Daily News
New study links the fear of missing out to Instagram addiction
A new study in Psychological Reports suggests that personality influences how people use social media. Their findings showed extraverted personalities along with people who have a fear of missing out (FOMO) on fun experiences exhibit more addictive behaviors on Instagram.“In our study, individuals with higher (vs. lower) FOMO reported a more favorable attitude towards Instagram, followed more Instagram accounts, and reported stronger social media addictive tendencies,” wrote study authors Kelly Moore and Georgiana Craciun.In this study, college students from a private Northeastern university f...
Social media fosters conspiracy beliefs about COVID-19, which inhibit health-protective behaviors
The use of social media and conspiracy theories about the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, are linked to reduced engagement with behaviors meant to slow the disease’s spread, according to new research published in Psychological Medicine.“I’ve been studying the role of social media in spreading conspiracy theories for several years. I also knew from other people’s research that there was a link between belief in conspiracy theories and reluctance to follow public health guidance,” explained study author Daniel Allington, a senior lecturer in social and cultural artificial intelligence at King’s Col...
Dwyane Wade tweets, deletes support for Nick Cannon after Cannon's anti-Semitic remarks
Dwyane Wade is in hot water on social media after throwing his support behind Nick Cannon following Cannon’s ouster from ViacomCBS following a series of anti-Semitic remarks he made on a podcast last month.Cannon, a TV personality who was fired by ViacomCBS on Tuesday, spouted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on an episode of his “Cannon’s Class” podcast and refused to apologize for his remarks. On Wednesday, Wade stood in support of Cannon with a post on Twitter, although he quickly deleted the message.“We are with you,” Wade wrote in a since-deleted tweet directed to Cannon. “Keep leading!”A...