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Heathenry and Social Media

By Swain Wodening

In the last several years many social media outlets have arisen on the internet. By far the biggest is Facebook, but there is also Tumblr, Twitter, and Google + amongst others. Social media is nothing new really despite the rise of the social network in the last ten years. There have been . . . → Read More: Heathenry and Social Media

Video Games Depict Religion as Violent, Problematized

In the past few years, the video game industry has grown from a niche market into a major part of mainstream media. This increase in popularity and use of technology has allowed video game developers to insert more detail and nuance into the storylines of their games. Many video games have begun incorporating religion as . . . → Read More: Video Games Depict Religion as Violent, Problematized

Cellphone Use Linked to Selfish Behavior

Though cellphones are usually considered devices that connect people, they may make users less socially minded, finds a recent study from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Marketing professors Anastasiya Pocheptsova and Rosellina Ferraro, with graduate student, Ajay T. Abraham, conducted a series of experiments on test groups of cellphone users. . . . → Read More: Cellphone Use Linked to Selfish Behavior

Facebook Use Elevates Mood: Study

People visit social networking sites such as Facebook for many reasons, including the positive emotional experience that people enjoy and want to repeat, according to an article in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

Measurements of physical and psychological responses such as breathing rate, brain activation, and . . . → Read More: Facebook Use Elevates Mood: Study

Web addicts have brain changes, research suggests

Web addicts have brain changes similar to those hooked on drugs or alcohol, preliminary research suggests.

By Helen Briggs

Experts in China scanned the brains of 17 young web addicts and found disruption in the way their brains were wired up.

They say the discovery, published in Plos One, could lead to new treatments for . . . → Read More: Web addicts have brain changes, research suggests

Online Interactions Can Lead to Risky Financial Decision-Making, Study Suggests

People who participate in online communities are more likely to make risky financial decisions, according to a new study from researchers at Rice University, the University of British Columbia and the University of Zurich.

The study, “Does Online Community Participation Foster Risky Financial Behavior?,” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Marketing Research. . . . → Read More: Online Interactions Can Lead to Risky Financial Decision-Making, Study Suggests

Some down time

Did a few server updates and *Poof* some rogue process thread went and ate all the hard-drive space and made serving the wedpages a non-happening event. Took some time and tracking but in the end it was resolved by deleting a bunch of stuff.. then fixing the busted bits. Thanks to TJ for the help . . . → Read More: Some down time

How the Internet Changed Paganism

By Vivienne

The Internet is a wonderful tool used by numerous people worldwide. Although some might not admit it, most people rely on the Internet for most things that they do. Now, how does this relate to Paganism, one might ask? Well it seems that the Internet has made information on Paganism and the . . . → Read More: How the Internet Changed Paganism

Migration in Progress

(Update 2011/9/4)

The migration process is nearing completion. Some bugs to hunt, training for staff, forusm to create and re-think. Not to mention a consideration of which Plug-ins we need right away.

Here’s a brief summary of what happening:

Users are ported but only to February 2011. If you’re newer than that re-create your account.. . . . → Read More: Migration in Progress

Do iPads Cause Religious Experiences?

By Andrew Aghapour

In a recent BBC documentary, Secrets of the Superbrands, presenter Alex Riley attended the opening of a London Apple store and noted the “evangelical frenzy” of the fans lining the block. At first Riley stayed mostly at the periphery of the crowd, shooting sarcastic looks to the camera and lobbing one-liners about . . . → Read More: Do iPads Cause Religious Experiences?