MAYBE THE INTERNET ISN’T TEARING US APART AFTER ALL

by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz from Wired.com VIKINGMAIDEN88 IS TWENTY-SIX years old. She enjoys reading history and writing poetry. Her signature quote is from Shakespeare. I gleaned all this from her profile and posts on Stormfront.org, America’s most popular online hate site. I also learned that Vikingmaiden88 has enjoyed the content on the site of the newspaper I…

FATHERS BEHAVE VERY DIFFERENTLY WITH YOUNG BOYS, GIRLS

by TOM JACOBS from Pacific Standard Why do women tend to be more empathetic than men? Is there something unique about female physiology that produces the ability and willingness to experience another person’s feelings? Or is empathy a learned trait we encourage in girls and discourage in boys? A fascinating new study that observed fathers interacting…

RURAL JAILS IMPAIR EFFORTS TO REDUCE MASS INCARCERATION

by KATE WHEELING from Pacific Standard After decades of steady growth in the prison population in the United States, the number of inmates has, in recent years, finally started to decline. The state and federal prison populations peaked in 2009 with a combined 1.6 million inmates; by 2015, the number of people in the U.S.’s jails,…

WHY FACEBOOK IS FERTILE GROUND FOR FAKE NEWS

by TOM JACOBS from Pacific Standard It’s now clear that social media played a significant role in spreading disinformation during last year’s election campaign. As many post-mortems have noted, it can be difficult to discern whether a “news” item that arrives on your Facebook feed comes from a reputable source. Readers would be wise to approach…

What Makes Someone Identify As Multiracial?

by Hayley Munguia from FiveThirtyEight The multiracial population, now a small subset of the nation, is growing at three times the rate of the general population, according to a report from the Pew Research Center released Thursday. And as the group continues to grow, so does our ability to study the diversity of its members’ experiences.…

Dissecting #Trump’s Most Rabid Fans

By Trevor Martin from FiveThirtyEight President Donald Trump’s administration, in its turbulent first months, has drawn fire from both the left and the right, including the ACLU, government ethics accountability groups and former Bush administration officials. But one group has shown nothing but unbridled enthusiasm for the president’s actions thus far: the over 380,000 members…