The Psychology of Social Networking

Expanding your social network beyond your familiar circle of friends can have surprising benefits. It's those weak ties that bring fresh ideas and unexpected opportunities: a job, an apartment, a mate. The Internet is providing new tools for cultivating and capitalizing on those networks; someone you've never met in person could change your life.

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Making Peace with Your Adult Children

By Kathy McCoy Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in Complicated Love
Want to enjoy better health as you age? Improving a certain relationship may be the key!

The Relationship Benefits of Going “Facebook Official”

On Facebook, one of the secrets of relational success is publicly disclosing relational status. This digital promise ring reflects stronger, more committed relationships.

A Behavioral Science Solution to Lies in Politics

Tired of lies in politics? Here's a way to address the problem.

Is Your Partner Facebook Cheating?

When your partner is a friend, fan, or follower of a romantic rival, how does such divided attention impact your relationship?

How Artificial Intelligence Will Disrupt Your Life

By Ray Williams on June 16, 2017 in Wired for Success
We are on the verge of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another unlike anything we've experienced before.

Are You at Risk for an Emotional Online Affair?

Committed partners should not seek emotional fulfillment online. Telling yourself you are “just looking” online puts you at risk for becoming emotionally attached to what you see.

You Are Not Alone

Are we separate, autonomous beings, or do we operate more like a hivemind?

How to Recover From an Online Emotional Affair

Recovery from an online affair requires disabling more than an Internet connection. To rebuild relational trust, a straying partner must disable online emotional connections.

Four Possible Explanations for Online Dating Rejection

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on June 15, 2017 in Love, Digitally
Anonymity and the fleeting nature of a hook-up culture may lead to ghosting.

Decreasing Self-Centeredness May Also Help Reduce Loneliness

A study published today by John Cacioppo and colleagues reports that self-centeredness and perceived social isolation feed off one another as part of a reciprocal feedback loop.

Why Do Man Buns Inspire Instant Vitriol?

By Gregg McBride on June 10, 2017 in The Weight-ing Game
With the advent of social media, we’ve all become a little more “brave” in regard to sharing our opinions. The parallels to other life disagreements have not been lost on me.

Live-streamed Violent Criminal Acts

Should we discourage live-streaming of violence by punishing online witnesses who do nothing? If not, do we become the bystanders?

For Millennials, One Key to Happiness

For sound mental health, Millennials should reconsider this pervasive hobby.

Online Matchmaking: Where Benevolence Outshines Beauty

The order in which you view online daters' profiles determines how attractive you will find them. Emotionally responsive profiles can be more alluring than attractive photos.

An Eye for a Wandering Eye: Avoiding Promiscuous Partners

Does your partner enjoy meeting new people? Does he or she work the room at business events? Interaction dynamics reveal whether your partner is pursuing business or pleasure.

Online Daters Find Conservative Profiles Very Attractive

With so many fish in the sea, online allure depends on both physical attractiveness and perceived trustworthiness. Learn which types of profiles have both.

How to Make Friends by Asking Questions

By David Ludden Ph.D. on June 05, 2017 in Talking Apes
A new Harvard study shows that people like us more when we let them do most of the talking.

Are You Self-ie Absorbed?

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on June 03, 2017 in Clear Communication
Much research supports the notion that hyper-levels of self-photographs are damaging to self and relational growth. But people just aren't accepting it. So, what's the deal?

Why You Might Forgive Kathy Griffin: “My Bad” V. “I´m Sorry"

Public offenders can be forgiven. Yet is the mea culpa art or artifice? Public apologies that admit guilt, express remorse, and seek forgiveness are more likely to be accepted.

Internet Infidelity: Today's Blind-Spot Threat to Marriage

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on June 01, 2017 in Clear Communication
Has your marriage or someone's marriage you know been devastated by Internet infidelity? Here's some tips with how to guard yours against going down that slippery slope.
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Cyber Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on May 31, 2017 in Media Spotlight
With the rise of social media and smartphones, cyberbullying and other forms of online harassment are becoming more common. This seems to be especially true for domestic abusers.
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Sorting Fact From Fiction: Why Expertise Matters

Are you able to utter the three magic words "I don't know"? If not, you could be on your way to making some really bad decisions.

How Violence Spreads Like a Contagious Disease

By Brad J. Bushman Ph.D. on May 31, 2017 in Get Psyched!
New research explains how violence spreads from person to person. Violence does not occur randomly; it occurs in clusters, often among individuals in the same social network.

Should Women Start a Good Ol' Girls Club?

Networks can serve as your insurance for professional longevity. Contacts are like an insurance policy. The more you have, the more security you can have in your career.

Desensitization of Terrorism

Has society become desensitized to terrorism?

Anger and Disgust at Moral Violations

By Art Markman Ph.D. on May 30, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
When people respond to immoral acts, they often respond with anger or disgust. Does that mean that these two emotions are really two sides of the same coin?

Profiling Online Daters: Short Self-descriptions Are Suspect

Online, when it comes to profiling honesty, short and sweet does not signal sincere. To be believable, brief is not better. Linguistic clues indicate deceptive self description

Why Millennials Are Obsessed With Self-improvement

By Caroline Beaton on May 29, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Millennials may be perceived as narcissistic, lazy, entitled and fragile, but we're more determined to improve ourselves than the generations calling us that.

Online, Too Many Dating Choices Decreases Commitment

For many online browsers, the biggest problem is not dishonesty, but decision-making. Too many choices increases objectification and decreases commitment. So how do you choose?