Tag Archives: Social Science Research

Snapshot of Australians living with disability

The Australian Institute of Health & Welfare (AIHW) most recent reports puts the spotlight on the experiences of nearly 1 in 5 Australians living with a disability and the experiences and needs in education, health, social support and employment.


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No keys to this future: Millennials ditch cars for transit

Australian millennials are taking longer to get a driving licence and using public transport more, findings from an international study led by Monash University show.

This study was the first to compare the travel behaviour of young adults at different life stages and income levels in some of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities – Melbourne, Brisbane, London, New York and Atlanta. Other UK metropolitan areas, such as the West Midlands, were also analysed.

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Recruitment bias and ageism: Is it really a thing?

Shelley Stevens of Platinum Face and Body Clinic says much of the motivation cited by clients levitating to her beauty services is often to enhance professional opportunities.  “It wasn’t just the women who thought their appearance might result in discrimination. Men who visit our clinic often say that’s why they paid us a visit.” she said.

Inferences in social science suggest the appearance of youth is subconsciously associated with vitality, energy, health, and creativity.    It’s a biological instinct.   Unfortunately, the opposite is true once one begins to look a little older.   “The keyword here is ‘subconsciously’.”  continues Stevens. “Recruiters and managers may consciously consider your ability and nothing else, but even if they do, their subconscious reactions affect the overall impression.”

In a 2017 study on the effect of facial ageing on hiring choices,  subjects evaluated younger and older candidates based on a photograph only and then rated them according to perceived hire-ability.   The findings suggested a relationship of significance, however not so much with a lower or job entry position.

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Behaviour of Social Media similar to Drug Addicts?

The decision-making attributes of excessive social media users has been likened to those of drug addicts and gamblers in an explosive new study designed to raise awareness about the hidden mental health traps affecting young adults online. 

New research led by Michigan State University, in collaboration with Monash University and McGill University, shows the risky decision-making behaviours of social media overusers is comparable to people battling substance addiction.   Findings were published in the Journal of Behavior Addictions on Friday 11 January 2019.

Professor Antonio Verdejo-Garcia from the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences (MICCN) and co-author of the study said their results had important societal implications.

According to the 2018 Yellow Social Media Report compiled by Sensis:
– 37% of 18-29-year-olds felt anxious when unable to access their social media accounts. – – More than one third of people now access their social media in excess of five times per day.

“Social media use is ubiquitous and continues to grow with many individuals displaying anxious and even conflictive behaviour when attempting to withdraw from these online channels,” Professor Verdejo-Garcia, the only Australian research contributor, said.  “We hope our research findings, which demonstrate a behavioural similarity between excessive social networking site use, substance use and behavioural addictive disorders, can influence the beliefs and actions of policy makers, therapists and tech industry leaders to take action against problematic online behaviour.”

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Are you really influencing anyone? Testing the credibility of peer reviews

“The explosion of social media websites such as TripAdvisor, Zomato, Rotten Tomatoes and Booking.com has given rise to an ever growing number of amateur critics – all keen to share their thoughts on the hottest hotels, movies and restaurants to future patrons.” say Monash Business school researchers.

New research by Monash Business School shows that when consumers were looking to purchase an ‘experience service’, such as a movie ticket, food or a haircut, they were more favourably swayed by peer reviews on social media sites.  However this behaviour changed when it came time to book a tax accountant, lawyer or doctor where expert reviews had more credibility. Continue reading Are you really influencing anyone? Testing the credibility of peer reviews