In The News: Department of Communication Studies

December 3, 2019

Are you one of the millions of younger people quitting Facebook? For more than a decade, we’ve used Facebook as a way to keep up with friends.

November 27, 2019

The holidays just aren’t complete without a little drama for dessert. And what’s more dramatic than a planet in crisis?

Mother Jones
November 26, 2019

It’s his form of environmental justice.

November 22, 2019

Pope Francis is not your average pope. He’s weighed in on prison reform and women’s rights, and he wrote a whole encyclical on climate change in 2015. On Friday, at the 20th World Congress of the International Association of Penal Law, Francis waded into the climate change debate again with an unusual idea: perhaps environmental destruction should be classified as an official sin.

Las Vegas Review Journal
November 17, 2019

Today is National Unfriend Day.

November 17, 2019

There's a holiday for practically everything -- even pruning your collection of friends on social media. Sunday is National Unfriend Day, which was started in 2010 by late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel. Shrinking your social circle has a number of benefits, according to Natalie Pennington, a communications professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, whose dissertation, cited in a university release, focuses on the effects of unfriending and unfollowing through social media.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
November 16, 2019

The holiday encourages users of Facebook and other social networking platforms to examine how close or superficial their online relationships are, and unfriend those who ignore a status update pleading for volunteers to help move.

November 15, 2019

Former Las Vegas resident and comedian Jimmy Kimmel has created a holiday to help you end superficial relationships online. National Unfriend Day is Nov. 17 and a UNLV professor agrees with Kimmel.

Fast Company
November 15, 2019

Simply look at the reaction environmental activist Greta Thunberg received after speaking at the Climate Action Summit at the United Nations (or really, when she does anything) and you’ll see how heated things can get when people talk about climate change.

November 15, 2019

You’ve got plenty of friends on social media until … there’s one less friend. In other words, you’ve been “unfriended.”

November 15, 2019

National Unfriend Day is Nov. 17 and a UNLV professor says that getting rid of toxic people on social media could help your mental health.

November 4, 2019

It’s the Girl Scout mantra: Make new friends but keep the old. However, according to UNLV communication studies professor and researcher Natalie Pennington, that may not be the best advice for your mental health.