Worried face: the battle for emoji, the world’s fastest-growing language | Art and design | The Guardian

It started with 176 icons. Now it’s grown to 1,800. But who decides what becomes an emoji? We lift the lid on the California coders who live and breathe smiling cats and banned aubergines

Fuente: Worried face: the battle for emoji, the world’s fastest-growing language | Art and design | The Guardian


What our digital social networks say about us — FT.com

They turn up weekly in my inbox, gnawing away at my soul. The kind words, the smiling faces, the ego-stroking invitations to connect, all of which I guiltily ignore. The thing is, I buy into the idea of Dunbar’s number — that our primate brains limit us to meaningful social contact with no more than about 150 people — and I am already exceeding 200 on LinkedIn.

Fuente: What our digital social networks say about us — FT.com


Quisiera compartir algunas reflexiones, que he…

Quisiera compartir algunas reflexiones, que he ido madurando luego de un año de trabajar en temas relacionados con el análisis de redes sociales (“social network analysis”). Actualmente estamos presenciando una emergente odiosidad del trollero desinformado: miles de adictos a las redes sociales que comentan de todo, que ansían convertirse en líderes de opinión, sumándose a los comentarios clichés promovidos por el “mass media”, sin fomentar el diálogo ni tener un verdadero espíritu crítico, sin leer libros

Fuente: Fabián Farisori – Quisiera compartir algunas reflexiones, que he…


The internet is fertile ground for the mosaic of allegiances out of which teens build identity | Jess Zimmerman | Comment is free | theguardian.com

The internet is fertile ground for the mosaic of allegiances out of which teens build identity | Jess Zimmerman | Comment is free | theguardian.com.

Your teen years are a time to try on a bunch of different self-concepts. Today, you have to be careful when the internet doesn’t want you to change

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When you don’t know who you are yet, the internet offers many possibilities to figure it out. Photograph: Graeme Robertson/Graeme Robertson

The internet was barely a thing when my friends and I were kids; we passed physical notes and wrote letters to keep in touch. We knew on some level there was a chance they might one day be read by someone for whom they weren’t intended – we used to joke about our correspondence someday being published as “Collected Letters”, because like any teens, we were always performing. But unlike Twitter or Tumblr or the now-semi-moribund Livejournal, that public audience remained imaginary. (Well, at least until now; I have known my most frequent teen pen pals for 20 years, and we sometimes haul out our shoeboxes full of embarrassing juvenilia and enjoy cringing together.)

Young people – at least weird young people, at very least weird young girls – are often eager to announce themselves. In lieu of a strong self-concept, the young build themselves out of a mosaic of allegiances. The online world is fertile ground for these. Tumblr, Twitter and 4chan, for example, are full of young people pledging fervent allegiance to a favorite fan culture, a political movement or a self-diagnosis, with all the rights, privileges, and rivalries that implies. Some of these will be important parts of a person’s identity for life. Others will mortify them within a year. At that age, it can be very, very hard to tell which will be which.

Building a self-concept means staking your claim for an audience, however small. I’m sure kids still write private stuff. But it’s hard when you are young and lonely – no matter how many fandoms you join – to resist a readily-available audience that doubles as a support group. I wouldn’t have been able to, I think: I wrote letters, but if there had been Tumblr back then, I would have been on it like scarves on Sherlock.

The support of the invisible masses can be incredibly positive. For teens who are isolated physically or emotionally, the internet might provide the first glimmer of understanding that there’s nothing actually wrong with them. It can be a way to connect with other people, to build support systems to which you don’t have access in your offline life, a way to live and explore an identity that you might have to keep hidden or secret for your own protection.

But there can also be pitfalls. Sometimes, when you’re trying to figure out who you are and what you believe, you test out a lot of convictions. (I had an “I hate feminists because they get mad when men hold doors for them” phase, for example.) Once you’ve made those statements in public, it’s harder to pull up, to nix one bit of the person you’ve created from scratch and go exploring down a different route. You’ve already told Tumblr that you are definitely, really a wolf with wings; you’ve argued in favor ofOtherkin rights and awareness; you’ve become a leader of the Otherkin community. Or worse, you’ve helped your 4chan buddies dox a female game developer and your rape-threat tweets are screencapped and re-tweeted all over the internet. You’ve pledged allegiance, and everyone saw you do it. Now, when someone challenges you, you have to double down.


Vía BBC Mundo: Tres cambios que causó internet en las relaciones de pareja » The Clinic Online

Vía BBC Mundo: Tres cambios que causó internet en las relaciones de pareja » The Clinic Online.

Vía BBC Mundo

Atrás quedó el bar, la fiesta de amigos y el encuentro casual: el “mercado virtual” del amor es real y está en expansión. Según un estudio publicado este lunes, dos de cada tres personas que utilizan páginas web para encontrar pareja terminan concretando citas con potenciales “almas gemelas”. Y una de cada cuatro parece encontrarla.

En concreto, el estudio, del Centro de Investigación Pew -un organismo estadounidense que analiza tendencias contemporáneas- revela que 66% de las personas que utilizan Match.com, eHarmony, OK Cupid y similares (en Estados Unidos), han concertado encuentros con posibles novios. Suelen tener entre 25 y 45 años, son universitarios y citadinos. De este grupo, 23% se ha casado o ha establecido una relación sólida de varios años.

Todas las variables analizadas en el estudio, que evalúan la dinámica de quienes recurren a este tipo de sitios, registraron un aumento promedio de 10% al ser comparadas con datos obtenidos en un proyecto similar realizado en 2005. También revelaron cambios en la dinámica de las relaciones amorosas a raíz de la influencia de la web para que “cada oveja encuentre a su pareja”.

A continuación, le presentamos algunos.


Facebook: ellas hablan de amor y ellos de sexo | Tecnología | EL PAÍS

Facebook: ellas hablan de amor y ellos de sexo | Tecnología | EL PAÍS.

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El diferente lenguaje en los mensajes de mujeres y hombres.

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Donde ellas escriben “amor”, ellos escriben “follar”. Un hombre no emplea las mismas palabras que la mujer, ni un joven tiene las mismos preocupaciones que un adulto. Por si faltaban pruebas, lo han comprobado investigadores de la Universidad de Pensilvania estudiando millones de palabras en Facebook.

El trabajo Personality, Gender, and Age in the Language of Social Media: The Open-Vocabulary Approach (Personalidad, género y edad en el lenguaje de los medios sociales: El enfoque del vocabulario abierto) fue realizado por 11 investigadores, dirigidos por H. Andrew Schwartz.. Según él es el mayor estudio por su amplitud de campo, de lenguaje y de personalidad, y ha sido publicado en Plos One. 

El estudio se centró en el lenguaje empleado por 75.000 voluntarios de Facebook, 15,4 millones de mensajes y 700 millones de palabras. A diferencia de otros trabajos, la singularidad de este es que se hizo con “vocabulario abierto”, es decir que no se partió de un listado de palabras para luego contabilizar las más usadas.

Aparte de lo más fácil, como adivinar el sexo en el 92% de los mensajes o la edad (con un margen de error de tres años) en la mitad de las ocasiones, se descubren o confirman las diferencias de lenguaje entre un sexo y otro y también en función de sus personalidades. Por ejemplo, la obsesión del hombre con “mi”, y la prevalencia en la mujer del “tu”.


Psychology's answer to trolling and online abuse | Chris Chambers | Science | theguardian.com

Psychology’s answer to trolling and online abuse | Chris Chambers | Science | theguardian.com.

If the ‘sleep of reason produces monsters’ then psychological science offers the tools to awaken it

Do we each harbour a dark passenger? A malevolent psychopath? A fragile narcissist? Contrary to popular belief, decades of psychological research shows that anyone is capable of aggression, cruelty and violence. The “self” is a murky mixture of light and shade.

Lately the dark side seems to be winning. On Thursday, Downing Street called for a boycott on the website ask.fm following the tragic death of Hannah Smith. Meanwhile, the barrage of threats directed at Caroline Criado-Perez and Stella Creasy has led to several arrests and forced Twitter to work on better ways of handling abuse. Beyond triggering action and debate, these cases have fuelled the growing realisation that online abuse is disturbingly common, especially for young girls and women with public profiles.

While most of us agree there is a problem, much less has been said about possible solutions. Are our only options punitive or regulatory? As law blogger David Allen Green explains, simply banning or criminalising a behaviour doesn’t make it magically disappear. Could there be more effective ways to quell online abuse without stifling freedom of speech or censoring society’s most vulnerable?


¿Por qué estamos tan enojados? Psicólogo señala causas de la agresividad en Internet

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Basta una noticia polémica y un pequeño repaso por los comentarios dejados en la web para darse cuenta de la agresividad que manifiestan las personas a través de Internet. Incluso, diversos expertos han señalado que este modo visceral de relacionarnos puede provocar daños a la sociedad y a nuestra salud mental, según el sitio LiveScience.