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Jenny Davis
Jenny Davis is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at James Madison University. She writes about social psychology and new technologies. Jenny is a weekly contributor for the Cyborglogy blog (

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Entries by Jenny Davis

Your Facebook Experience Was Never Emotionally Neutral

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 2:49 PM


Emotional Contagion is the idea that emotions spread throughout networks. If you are around happy people, you are more likely to be happy. If you are around gloomy people, you are likely to be glum.

The data scientists at Facebook set...

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Causes and Consequences of the Duckface

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 10:33 AM

So about selfies... They were the Oxford Dictionary's 2013 Word of the Year. A recent conference I was part of (#TtW14) had an entire panel on them. And on a personal note, I mentored a student through an independent study of selfies over the course of...

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@YesYoureRacist: We Can Do Better

(36) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 11:16 AM

Like many Americans, I spent last Sunday evening watching the Super Bowl. This entailed tasty snacks, a comfy couch, and lots of head shaking because, well, the Denver Broncos. It also involved Facebook and Twitter. The day of, day before, and day after were full of commentary, predictions, snarkiness, and...

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Tikker: The Death/Happiness Watch

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 8:13 AM

This piece originally appeared on the Cyborgology blog.


The Quantified Self is defined --in the tagline of the movement's website -- as self -knowledge through numbers. With the example of the Tikker "Happiness Watch" (also known as...

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Online Dating's Surprising Lesson About Race

(70) Comments | Posted December 15, 2013 | 2:07 PM


Quartz, a business and marketing website, recently released data on the Facebook dating app Are You Interested (AYI), which connects singles within the confines of their direct and indirect Facebook networks. Quartz' data are based on a series...

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