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How Social Media Usage Affects Academic Performance

A Q&A with a UCIPT Postdoctoral Researcher Based on social media activity, what percentage of UCLA students are at risk of failing their classes? We currently do not have the ability to only use social media data to determine the percentage of UCLA students who are at risk […]


Recurring Themes in the Online Sexual Behavior of College Students

A Q&A with a UCIPT Postdoctoral Researcher How do UCLA students discuss sexuality on Twitter? Are there certain recurring themes that you have found in your research? This is an interesting research question that we have not had the chance to study using the data collected. However, a recent […]


Jealousy Analysis and Virtual Lives on Social Media

A Q&A with a UCIPT Postdoctoral Researcher Social media enables people to establish multiple anonymous accounts, create virtual relationships, and conduct alternate lives. How have you seen students use or abuse this basic power in your research? In our recent Freshman 200 study, we did not observe any anonymous […]


Netiquette for College Students

A Q&A with a UCIPT Postdoctoral Researcher In general, what guidelines should professors and educators follow when communicating with their students via Twitter? Social media can be an effective way to engage students in higher education. Numerous research studies and case studies have reported that social media can […]


Examining the Emotional Content of Tweets

A Q&A with a UCIPT Postdoctoral Researcher What is the single most relaxing tweet, from a sentiment-analysis point of view? There are many different methods that we can use to conduct sentiment analysis. The basic idea of sentiment analysis is to categorize a tweet as positive, neutral, or […]


Freedom of Expression on Twitter

A Q&A with a UCIPT Postdoctoral Researcher Twitter has recently been cracking down on the Islamic State’s use of their platform. Have there been any studies related to student tweets that would enable you to identify students at risk for radicalization by ISIS or other terror groups? Applying social […]


Mining Twitter Data for Behavioral Insights on the U.S. Election

A Q&A with a UCIPT Postdoctoral Researcher In anticipation of the results of Super Tuesday, were you able to see an increase in the stress of college students at campuses in battleground states? We have not been tracking the stress level of college students on Twitter at campuses […]