My name is Bill, I am a recent graduate in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University and this is a place for me to post or give my 2 cents on the fascinating world of technology. I am now working for a pretty big technology related company whose name I will leave out just to avoid any possible complications, however far-fetched them happening may be. Music gets included from time to time as well.

August 5, 2014 9:56 pm
Media Overload: The Problem With Infinite Choice

I can attest to this.  As I find I have less time to watch netflix, I feel more anxious to watch it in order to justify my subscription. This is supposed to be entertainment, not an obligation.  Anyone else have similar experiences?

March 3, 2013 10:41 am
Stowe Boyd: Trolls do more than spoil our reading enjoyment


Researchers have found that trolls not only make reading posts and articles less fun, the psychological backlash leads people to increase their sense of the negative implications in the writing, as well.

Dominique Brossard and Dietram Scheufele, This Story Stinks

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It would be interesting to see this paired with a study on why people troll.

January 12, 2013 10:56 am
Stowe Boyd: Is Self-Disclosure In Social Networks Like Masturbation?


Alina Turgend writes about bragging and the way it stimulates the part of our brains linked to stimulation from sex.

Alina Turgend, The Etiquette of Celebrating or Bragging About Achievements

Last year, two Harvard neuroscientists published a paper, “Disclosing Information About the…

I find the psychological implications of this astounding.

November 11, 2012 11:13 pm August 2, 2012 1:31 pm
Why James Holmes Has Fans On the Internet

I realize this kind of article could be met with backlash (especially given the involvement on Tumblr), but highlights a very noticeable trend in modern internet activity.  Obviously to compare all fandoms to that of people “supporting” a deranged mass murderer is silly and misleading, but it does seem like this behavior is creating a culture of hero worship and hyperbole.  The idea of fandom certainly isn’t anything new but like everything we believe the internet has created, the constant interconnectedness and almost endless means of self-expression has given us the ability to expose anything on a widescale and whether or not that promotes unhealthy behavior is certainly debatable. 

July 3, 2012 10:44 pm
New Facebook Study Reveals Motivation Behind Facebook Visits | WebProNews

Published this month in the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, a new Facebook study suggests personality type determines how much time you spend on the social networking site and how often you visit.

At the root of the study, its authors hoped to uncover the reasons why so many users flock to the site and spend time there, or rather, what are the motivations behind the phenomenon.

The study by the University of Connecticut’s Daniel Hunt and Archana Krishnan and Michigan State’s David Atkin found that much of what caused people to spend time on Facebook could be traced back to personality and a desire to be entertained.

The authors comment on the results from the study:

“The entertainment motive was shown to be the most powerful predictor of how much time participants spent on Facebook,”

“If individuals are using Facebook for entertainment purposes, this differs from cases where it’s being used to maintain relationships. For example, individuals may use Facebook in a similar fashion to a blog or to promote their viewpoints.”

Looking at motivational factors that could encourage individuals to spend time on Facebook, the researchers found that entertainment and passing time, along with information seeking, to be the top driving forces for visiting the social site. So, in other words, people are just looking to keep themselves occupied and entertained.

While self expression was mentioned in the study a possible factor for visiting Facebook, limitations of the design kept the authors from formulating any theories on how it actually played into the time spent. Oddly enough, maintaining relationships wasn’t found to be the top factor, as many would expect.

Perhaps we overestimate how important staying connected to people 24/7 is. Everybody is different, but constantly making social comparisons between yourself and others has been found to be unhealthy for many, especially in younger populations where ridicule and persecution are common place for those who go against the mainstream.

June 17, 2012 1:57 pm
Were Facebook Investors Fooling Themselves? Psychologists Say Yes

"Basically, investors were driven not by their economic judgments, but by the leading role Facebook plays in communicating the dramatic, and more often mundane, happenings in their lives."