According to new research by academics from University of Melbourne and Monash University, using social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Myspace contributes to good mental health for many users.
Researchers from the University of Melbourne and the University of Pennsylvania have shown that social media can serve as a dashboard indicator of a community’s psychological well being and can predict rates of heart disease.
More than 250,000 tweets have been analysed by University of Melbourne students revealing what Australians are tweeting, including Adelaide’s love of One Direction and excessive swearing in some suburbs of Brisbane.
Cyber Law expert and Professor of Intellectual Property at the Melbourne Law School, Professor Andrew Christie, discusses the legal implications of posting private information on social media sites such as Facebook.
Human rights and international law expert Professor Hilary Charlesworth, says that Australia's appointment to the UN Human Rights Council gives the country an opportunity to examine its own human rights record.