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What Comforts Targets of Prejudice the Most

Rare in history are moments like the 1960s civil rights movement, in which members of a majority group vocally support minority groups in their fight against prejudice. New research not only confirms the power of speaking up for those facing prejudice but also underlines the importance of exactly what is communicated. Looking at YouTube video messages, researchers found that homosexual youth found the most comfort in messages that both supported them and advocated social change.
The new work takes a closer look at the "It Gets Better” YouTube campaign.

From Bullying to Relationships: Mapping Our Online Communications

New Orleans – When we typically think of kids who are the victims of school bullying, what comes to mind are isolated youth who do not fit in. A new study, however, shows that when that harassment occurs online, the victims tend to be in mainstream social groups – and they are often friends or former friends, not strangers.
 
The research is part of a burgeoning field of study into the effects of social media on everyday relationships and behavior.

What Can Your Online Avatar Say About Your Personality?

More communication among individuals is occurring online, and often between individuals who do not know each other offline. Researchers at York University are looking to understand the potential impressions and their limitations of those we meet in a digital context. In a study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin the researchers specifically looked at what personality traits are conveyed by a user's avatar.

Design of the study

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