Bohemians Unite: It’s All About the #Vanlife Social Media Movement (New Yorker)

ArtVanFoster Huntington, former Ralph Lauren designer, traded in his day job for a 1987 Volkswagen Syncro and a lifetime of adventures. Huntington has acquired millions of Instagram followers using his hashtag “vanlife,” crafting a bohemian lifestyle that has inspired a social media movement.

The hashtag embodies a revived American interest in road trips and hippie-culture, as well as a rejection of the typical workplace. It is also a successful marketing technique.  Read more in The New Yorker.

The More You Use Facebook, The Worse You Feel (Harvard Business Review)

A Harvard Business Review study measured participant well-being and its relationship with Facebook usage. Despite positive effects of real-world social networks, the study confirmed a negative association between mental health and Facebook.

The study also suggested that declines in well-being depended on quantity of use rather than quality, contrasting with previous research. Read more in Harvard Business Review.

Every Country’s Favorite Book (Vice)


Vice
presents Reddit user Backforward24’s “Literature of the World,” a map illustrating the most popular books in each country.

Do you think you know the most popular book in the U.S.? See what we’re reading, and what tops the charts around the globe.

Digipo: A ‘Wikipedia’ by College Students (Nieman Lab)

The Digital Polarization Initiative (Digipo) has piloted a claim-checking wiki for college students that helps them examine the online environments from which false claims originate.

Students collaborate to analyze and summarize topics from hate speech to neuroscience, in search of the truth. Read more in Nieman Lab.