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Researchers have long measured people’s thoughts, feelings, and personalities using survey questions. The widespread use of Twitter and Facebook has afforded new approaches to social science research, and requires new techniques to analyze and interpret data using computer science methods. These techniques allow researchers the ability to generate insights from large-scale data sets. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story in which a researcher discovers a disturbing trend on social media.

Journaling Prompt: What do you think your social media posts reveal about your personality?

Art Prompt: Social media research

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Persuade your audience that researchers should or should not be using social media for their research.

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