Monthly Archives: February 2013

Study: Close Relationships Aren’t Necessarily Better

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It makes sense, doesn’t it? The closer you are to someone, the better your relationship is. Intuitively, this makes perfect sense. But new research out of Columbia University suggests that this is not necessarily the case.

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Are Religious People More Charitable, Generous, and Altruistic than Atheists?

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ResearchBlogging.orgAccording to a Canadian study from 2008, religious people are “more helpful, honest and generous;” and an American study from last year found that “religious states give more to charity than non-religious states.” As I explained in a previous article, the stereotype that religious people are more likely to be Good Samaritans than nonreligious people is highly suspect. In fact, a new study has thrown the idea of religious people being more charitable into question too. This might just be the nail in the coffin for stereotypes about religiosity and altruism.

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Gender, Age, Socioeconomic, and Cultural Differences in Social Networking Site Usage

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Online social networks has become an interesting platform for research, and hundreds if not thousands of studies around the world are investigating how we interact with others online. This article looks into recent studies that analyzed data regarding differences in age, culture, gender, and socioeconomic status.

Gender Differences

Researchers from the Santa Fe Institute used a multiplayer game “Pardus” to analyze social networks. Online video games have become increasingly seen as a gold mine of data on social interactions in recent years, and, as it turns out, many of the same gender differences seen in the real world were observed in the social networks in Pardus.

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What are the Most Corrupt Countries In the World Today?

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There is plenty of malice, crime, and corruption in today’s political systems around the world. Elections are sometimes paid for, politicians often work only with their own self-interest in mind, and citizens around the world are fighting uphill battles against authorities at every level. But recent reports show us where each country stands in comparison to the other, and that is the topic of this article. Which countries are corrupt to the core? Which are a model for the world?

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Cooperating Online Gives Students Better Grades

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Do you work well alone? Do other people get in your way or distract you from your studies? Are you more productive without the interaction with your peers? If so, you may be in the minority. At least, that’s according to new research from the University of California at San Diego, published last week.

Computer scientist and co-author Manuel Cebrian analyzed 80,000 interactions among 290 students in a “collaborative learning environment for college courses.” As Science Daily reports:

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