By Matthew Dressa

Current Refugee Crisis

By the end of 2019, there were nearly 79.5 million individuals displaced worldwide. Whether it be as a result of civil conflict, religious persecution, or natural disaster, displaced persons face a vast amount of challenges in their pursuit of safety and stability. Furthermore, the…


Written by Natalie Bazarova, Amanda Wong & Aparajita Bhandari

Cyberbullying is a persistent problem in social media, and more companies have begun to recognize their social responsibility to curb cyberbullying and online harassment. TikTok, a video-sharing platform that has risen in prominence over the past couple of years, is no…


Written by Cid Decatur, Research Assistant in Cornell’s Social Media Lab and Communication Major

Your use of social media makes other people money. There is a reason users can go to their app store of choice and install numerous content-sharing platforms on their mobile phones. The current model that many…


Written by Parker Murphy, Research Assistant in Cornell’s Social Media Lab and Information Science Major

93% of homes in the United States with school-aged children have reported some form of distance learning due to COVID-19. It’s no doubt that children are getting more screen time than they did before the…


Written by Suzanne Lee, Research Assistant in Cornell’s Social Media Lab & Information Science MPS Class of 2020

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a rapidly spreading respiratory virus that originated from Wuhan, Mainland China in late 2019. Since the virus was not well contained in its early developments, it escalated…


By Kelly Stone, SML Honors Research Assistant

How do young people engage with social media these days? As a parent, educator, or other adult figure in young people’s lives, it’s hard to keep track of what children can be doing on the Internet. Technology has evolved over the past few decades so that an increasing number of…


Written by Natalie Bazarova

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned people’s lives upside-down, with profound economic, social, family, work, and school shifts and disruptions. One such disruption is social distancing, which imposes restrictions on social gatherings and in-person contact in an effort to halt the spread of the coronavirus. But how…


Written by Carmen Chan

Most of us have used social media one way or another to form different kinds of relationships. And one special kind is those formed in online social support communities. On those sites, users tend to share difficult, and sometimes, traumatic experiences. A host of research has…


A new way for youth to learn digital citizenship and digital literacy skills.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that teenagers are highly engaged with social media. According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, 95% of teens in the U. S. report having access to a smartphone and 45% say they are online almost constantly. …


Predicting Your Next Binge-Watch Before it Exists

By Kelly Stone, SML Research Assistant

It’s an urban legend at this point that everything you do online matters. That’s why so many technology articles you’ll come across online are so focused on big data, which companies can collect to understand more about you as an individual and your interests. Most proficient internet users have an…

Cornell Social Media Lab

The members of the Social Media Lab at Cornell University study the way people live, behave, think, share, and love online.

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