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Wednesday March 28th, 2018 night edition

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It takes six months for the average community member to succumb to groupthink, adopt radical attitudes, and go from 'I' to 'we'.

According to a 2016 report by the International Telecommunication Union, 79.1 percent of Europeans and 66.6 percent of Americans use the internet.

Researchers from Gothenburg University, Lund University, and Stockholm University used complex linguistic analysis to conduct the study.

These results suggest a shift toward a collective identity among participants, and a stronger differentiation between the own group and the outgroup(s).”.

This study, the researchers suggested, highlights the importance of analyzing online communities when examining the process of personal and group identity formation.

The results of this study indicate that individuals form social groups online and start differentiating between their own and other groups.

The linguistic adaptation to the group further indicates that processes of identity formation indeed do take place on the internet. »

Canada to legalise marijuana 'within months', says MP

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An armed man took hostages in a supermarket in southern France, killing three and injuring about a dozen others, police said.

9/51 20 March 2018 People carrying luggage leave the Russian Embassy in London and board a van bearing diplomatic plates.

Britain last week announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats over the spy poisoning row, prompting a tit-for-tat response from Moscow. »

Brain activity study links social anxiety to a preoccupation with making errors

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A new study that monitored children’s brain activity suggests that social anxiety is related to a preoccupation with making mistakes.

“I am interested in better understanding social anxiety, and how it develops, for a number of reasons,” said study author George Buzzell of the University of Maryland.

For individuals with social anxiety, this excessive focus on one’s perceived mistakes distracts/detracts from the ongoing social interaction,” Buzzell told PsyPost. »

John Krasinski thinks The Office should come back for a Christmas special

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NBC hasn’t confirmed that, but if NBC really is serious about resurrecting The Office, John Krasinski has some ideas.

Instead, Krasinski thinks NBC should take some inspiration from the original British Office and do a one-off Christmas special that sees what Creed, Kevin, Phyllis, and all of your other favorite characters have been up to since the finale.

“I love that idea coming back finding out where everybody is,” Krasinksi said, “I would totally be down for that.”. »

Snapchat is building the same kind of data-sharing API that just got Facebook into trouble

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Snapchat is building a way for people to use their Snapchat account to connect with third-party apps.

The idea, in theory, would let Snapchat users grant outside companies access to their Snapchat data to help personalize other services.

Mashable saw a beta version of Snapchat with a new section called “Connected Apps,” with text that reads, “These apps are connected to your Snapchat account. »