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Social Media Can Make Break-Ups Agonizing: Study

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Breaking up has always been hard to do.

But in this age of social media, e-mails, videos and digital photos, the end of a romantic relationship has become even more difficult, according to a new study from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

“People are keeping huge collections of digital possessions,” UC Santa Cruz psychology professor Steve Whittaker told Science Daily.  “There has been little exploration of the negative role of digital possessions when people want to forget aspects of their lives.”

Whittaker and Corina Sas, of Lancaster University co-authored ‘Design for Forgetting: Disposing of Digital Possessions after a Breakup,’ a document that explores the challenges of dealing with the end of a romance in an increasingly digital world.

Interviews with 24 people between the ages of 19 and 34 uncovered the difficulty all faced in how to deal with the digital history of an ended relationship.

Of those interviewed, 12 were deleters, eight were keepers and four were “selective disposers.”

Deleting or cutting ties can be “beneficial on a short-term basis, providing separation from continual contact and painful reminders, as well as allowing for sense-making,” the authors wrote. “Its main limitation is that is often impulsive; deleters sometimes later regret failing to save mementos symbolizing a chapter of their life. Future technologies may help address this limitation.”

Social networks, such as Facebook, can be especially problematic after a break up because of a lack of control over digital traces of the relationship, the study found. Facebook users can only erase their own photos but can do little about those posted on friends’ accounts other than untagging.

Facebook users also must decide if they wish to retain any ties to their ex-partner through mutual friends.

“Retaining ties enables unwanted access to the ex-partner’s activities or raises problems with friends taking sides,” the study found, yet “deleting friends disrupts one’s already compromised social network.”

Going from ‘in a relationship,’ ‘engaged’ or ‘married’ to single can be traumatic, the study noted, because it often means having to explain one’s new status to a number of acquaintances.

Retaining social media ties with an ex can also make it easier to check up on the other person, which can be “either maladaptive, or positive if merely done to ‘see if they are OK’,” the study said. “Access to status updates also facilitates ex-partners’ surveillance possibly promoting attempts to get back in touch, which may slow the process of moving on.”

The study noted there needs to be a happy medium between cutting all ties and disposing of nothing.

“Keepers took longer to heal, disposers often regretted their impulsiveness.”

The solution, the authors said, would be the creation of a technology that would collect and store all digital reminders of an ended relationship in one out-of-sight place until a person is able to make a smart decision on what to keep and what to delete. They dubbed the tool Pandora’s Box and suggested a trusted friend or family member be the ‘gatekeeper’ of the ‘Box’ until the person is ready to deal with its contents.

The authors also suggested tools be manufactured to create a “treasure chest of valued items” so users can actively select valued materials to save during and after the relationship and create an ability to ‘craft’ items such as photo collages in a bid to afford closure, celebrate the good and acknowledge the bad to help people move on.

 

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Social Media Can Make Break-Ups Agonizing: Study

Social Media Can Make Break-Ups Agonizing: Study

Written by: admin Date of published: . Posted in test

Breaking up has always been hard to do.

But in this age of social media, e-mails, videos and digital photos, the end of a romantic relationship has become even more difficult, according to a new study from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

“People are keeping huge collections of digital possessions,” UC Santa Cruz psychology professor Steve Whittaker told Science Daily.  “There has been little exploration of the negative role of digital possessions when people want to forget aspects of their lives.”

Whittaker and Corina Sas, of Lancaster University co-authored ‘Design for Forgetting: Disposing of Digital Possessions after a Breakup,’ a document that explores the challenges of dealing with the end of a romance in an increasingly digital world.

Interviews with 24 people between the ages of 19 and 34 uncovered the difficulty all faced in how to deal with the digital history of an ended relationship.

Of those interviewed, 12 were deleters, eight were keepers and four were “selective disposers.”

Deleting or cutting ties can be “beneficial on a short-term basis, providing separation from continual contact and painful reminders, as well as allowing for sense-making,” the authors wrote. “Its main limitation is that is often impulsive; deleters sometimes later regret failing to save mementos symbolizing a chapter of their life. Future technologies may help address this limitation.”

Social networks, such as Facebook, can be especially problematic after a break up because of a lack of control over digital traces of the relationship, the study found. Facebook users can only erase their own photos but can do little about those posted on friends’ accounts other than untagging.

Facebook users also must decide if they wish to retain any ties to their ex-partner through mutual friends.

“Retaining ties enables unwanted access to the ex-partner’s activities or raises problems with friends taking sides,” the study found, yet “deleting friends disrupts one’s already compromised social network.”

Going from ‘in a relationship,’ ‘engaged’ or ‘married’ to single can be traumatic, the study noted, because it often means having to explain one’s new status to a number of acquaintances.

Retaining social media ties with an ex can also make it easier to check up on the other person, which can be “either maladaptive, or positive if merely done to ‘see if they are OK’,” the study said. “Access to status updates also facilitates ex-partners’ surveillance possibly promoting attempts to get back in touch, which may slow the process of moving on.”

The study noted there needs to be a happy medium between cutting all ties and disposing of nothing.

“Keepers took longer to heal, disposers often regretted their impulsiveness.”

The solution, the authors said, would be the creation of a technology that would collect and store all digital reminders of an ended relationship in one out-of-sight place until a person is able to make a smart decision on what to keep and what to delete. They dubbed the tool Pandora’s Box and suggested a trusted friend or family member be the ‘gatekeeper’ of the ‘Box’ until the person is ready to deal with its contents.

The authors also suggested tools be manufactured to create a “treasure chest of valued items” so users can actively select valued materials to save during and after the relationship and create an ability to ‘craft’ items such as photo collages in a bid to afford closure, celebrate the good and acknowledge the bad to help people move on.

 

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Social Media Can Make Break-Ups Agonizing: Study

Yahoo Continues to Snap Up Start-Ups in Mobile Improvement Quest – Loki Studios the Latest of Four Acquisition This Month

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has ramped up her start-up shopping spree, adding four new companies to the fold this month alone.

The technology titan announced via Twitter over the weekend it has added Astrid, GoPollGo, MileWise and, most recently, mobile gaming company Loki Studios to the fold.

“We recently added 22 entrepreneurs to our growing mobile team,” the tweet said, seemingly referring to the people — or some of them — who work at the four firms. “Welcome to Yahoo.”

Loki Studios, the most recent of Yahoo’s acquisitions, announced the move on its website:

It is my pleasure to announce that the Loki Studios team will be joining Yahoo.

Loki Studios was founded with the vision of innovating upon and furthering the use of digital devices in our everyday lives. In the competitive and rapidly evolving space of mobile games, we sought to stand out from the pack and stand up for gamers—we’d make the games we want to play. We are proud to have accomplished precisely that through our flagship location-aware game, Geomon.

Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer

It has been a difficult but immensely rewarding journey. We collaborated closely with an incredibly supportive community to continuously iterate and improve upon Geomon. We were fortunate to have been advised by some of the best mentors in the industry and befriended many of our peers along the way. We surmounted immense obstacles, formed tightknit bonds, and worked through a few too many sunrises.

Now, our journey continues. We are thrilled to be joining the exceptional folks at Yahoo. We believe fully in their commitment to creating outstanding mobile products. We are excited to learn from, work with, and contribute to one of the most well-known pioneers of the tech industry.

According to a statement Yahoo made to Tech Crunch, Yahoo declined to share the details of the deal, but did say Geomon will be shut down.

Earlier last week, GoPollGo, a social polling site with Twitter and Facebook integration, announced its deal with Yahoo. The two-year-old firm, which allowed its users to get real-time feedback from their social media followers, said in a post on its site that its services would no longer be supported.

“It has been so rewarding to build a product that scaled up to millions of people and supported large media properties and diverse brands,” the announcement said. “We’re so excited to bring the knowledge and experience we’ve gained at GoPollGo to Yahoo. We share an enthusiasm for building delightful user experiences, and we couldn’t be happier to join forces.”

Travel rewards app MileWise, acquired earlier this month, will also shut down its service and its employees will be incorporated into Yahoo’s New York office.

“We’re thrilled to be joining such a talented group of inventors, and can’t wait to get working on the next big thing coming out of Yahoo,” the MileWise team said in a post on its website.

To-do list app Astrid was acquired by Yahoo May 1.

“When we set out to build Astrid, we sought to help as many people as possible become happier, healthier and more productive,” wrote CEO Jon Paris in a blog post. “We’re really excited to join the mobile team and continue this work with Yahoo’s goal of ‘making the world’s daily habits more inspiring and entertaining.”

All four purchases are part and parcel of Mayer’s continued push to improve Yahoo’s mobile offerings. Mayer in recent months has also acquired popular news-reading app Summly (for nearly $30 million); Alike, a mobile app that recommends new places to visit based on users’ interests; personalized recommendations app Jybe; Snip.it, a social platform for collecting, organizing and sharing articles, videos and images on the Web; and OnTheAir, a small startup specializing in broadcasting video chats or interviews to online audiences.

Stamped, a New York-based mobile startup that enables users to share information about favorite restaurants and music on their Smartphones, was Yahoo’s first acquisition last October.

Mayer, a former Google executive, is determined to work her magic on Yahoo by focusing on users’ “daily habits” such as e-mail, the home page and Internet search as well as mobile devices.

“While we have a lot to do, the future of Yahoo is incredibly bright,” Mayer said during her Oct. 22 conference call with analysts, adding Yahoo is “well-positioned in the era of tablets and Smartphones” because of its content leadership.

She said small acquisitions to acquire talented staff members will be a significant part of Yahoo’s plan to bolster its mobile and social offerings.

 

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Yahoo Continues to Snap Up Start-Ups in Mobile Improvement Quest

Yahoo Continues to Snap Up Start-Ups in Mobile Improvement Quest – Loki Studios the Latest of Four Acquisition This Month

Written by: admin Date of published: . Posted in test

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has ramped up her start-up shopping spree, adding four new companies to the fold this month alone.

The technology titan announced via Twitter over the weekend it has added Astrid, GoPollGo, MileWise and, most recently, mobile gaming company Loki Studios to the fold.

“We recently added 22 entrepreneurs to our growing mobile team,” the tweet said, seemingly referring to the people — or some of them — who work at the four firms. “Welcome to Yahoo.”

Loki Studios, the most recent of Yahoo’s acquisitions, announced the move on its website:

It is my pleasure to announce that the Loki Studios team will be joining Yahoo.

Loki Studios was founded with the vision of innovating upon and furthering the use of digital devices in our everyday lives. In the competitive and rapidly evolving space of mobile games, we sought to stand out from the pack and stand up for gamers—we’d make the games we want to play. We are proud to have accomplished precisely that through our flagship location-aware game, Geomon.

Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer

It has been a difficult but immensely rewarding journey. We collaborated closely with an incredibly supportive community to continuously iterate and improve upon Geomon. We were fortunate to have been advised by some of the best mentors in the industry and befriended many of our peers along the way. We surmounted immense obstacles, formed tightknit bonds, and worked through a few too many sunrises.

Now, our journey continues. We are thrilled to be joining the exceptional folks at Yahoo. We believe fully in their commitment to creating outstanding mobile products. We are excited to learn from, work with, and contribute to one of the most well-known pioneers of the tech industry.

According to a statement Yahoo made to Tech Crunch, Yahoo declined to share the details of the deal, but did say Geomon will be shut down.

Earlier last week, GoPollGo, a social polling site with Twitter and Facebook integration, announced its deal with Yahoo. The two-year-old firm, which allowed its users to get real-time feedback from their social media followers, said in a post on its site that its services would no longer be supported.

“It has been so rewarding to build a product that scaled up to millions of people and supported large media properties and diverse brands,” the announcement said. “We’re so excited to bring the knowledge and experience we’ve gained at GoPollGo to Yahoo. We share an enthusiasm for building delightful user experiences, and we couldn’t be happier to join forces.”

Travel rewards app MileWise, acquired earlier this month, will also shut down its service and its employees will be incorporated into Yahoo’s New York office.

“We’re thrilled to be joining such a talented group of inventors, and can’t wait to get working on the next big thing coming out of Yahoo,” the MileWise team said in a post on its website.

To-do list app Astrid was acquired by Yahoo May 1.

“When we set out to build Astrid, we sought to help as many people as possible become happier, healthier and more productive,” wrote CEO Jon Paris in a blog post. “We’re really excited to join the mobile team and continue this work with Yahoo’s goal of ‘making the world’s daily habits more inspiring and entertaining.”

All four purchases are part and parcel of Mayer’s continued push to improve Yahoo’s mobile offerings. Mayer in recent months has also acquired popular news-reading app Summly (for nearly $30 million); Alike, a mobile app that recommends new places to visit based on users’ interests; personalized recommendations app Jybe; Snip.it, a social platform for collecting, organizing and sharing articles, videos and images on the Web; and OnTheAir, a small startup specializing in broadcasting video chats or interviews to online audiences.

Stamped, a New York-based mobile startup that enables users to share information about favorite restaurants and music on their Smartphones, was Yahoo’s first acquisition last October.

Mayer, a former Google executive, is determined to work her magic on Yahoo by focusing on users’ “daily habits” such as e-mail, the home page and Internet search as well as mobile devices.

“While we have a lot to do, the future of Yahoo is incredibly bright,” Mayer said during her Oct. 22 conference call with analysts, adding Yahoo is “well-positioned in the era of tablets and Smartphones” because of its content leadership.

She said small acquisitions to acquire talented staff members will be a significant part of Yahoo’s plan to bolster its mobile and social offerings.

 

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Yahoo Continues to Snap Up Start-Ups in Mobile Improvement Quest