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.

Recent posts on Social Networking

Social Media Is Harmful to Your Brain and Relationships

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on October 20, 2017 in Obesely Speaking
Social media is making you fatter and sicker by the tweet.

"Me Too" and the Limits of Internet Empathy

The "Me Too" campaign on social media highlights the prevalence of misogyny, sexual harassment and assault. But our online engagement may take us farther from resolution.

Is Facebook Making You Depressed?

Long a concern of psychologists studying Facebook use, the possibility of users become depressed comes under scrutiny in newly published research.

The Rise of Uninvited Sexual Images

By Sue Scheff on October 12, 2017 in Shame Nation
Are you receiving unsolicited sexual content? A new survey says unwanted sexual images are becoming the norm among millennials. Protect yourself from sextortion.

My Partner Cheated on Me—Should I Try to Make It Work?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on October 12, 2017 in ExperiMentations
How do we decide whether to stay or go after someone cheats on us? New research sheds light on the decision-making process and helps us understand our own relationships.

7 Infidelity Preventatives Your Marriage Needs Today

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on October 11, 2017 in Clear Communication
The best defense is a good...defense.

Don’t Just Blame Facebook for Fake News: It’s Us, Too

Is social media use a race to the bottom of our brainstems?

Polyamory at Work

This blog explores some of the reasons polyamorous might want to come out or avoid coming out at work and the potential impacts polyamorous folks might experience.

Why Some People Can't Stop Trolling Monica Lewinsky

By Sue Scheff on October 09, 2017 in Shame Nation
People are harassed online for many reasons, and political reviews are one of them. Will Monica Lewinsky ever stop being trolled online?
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Online Dating 101: Three Reasons You Aren’t Getting Replies

Frustrated by a low response rate? Research may help improve the odds of a reply.

Looking for Love in All the Right Places

By Lawrence R Samuel Ph.D. on October 07, 2017 in Boomers 3.0
Dating among boomers dispels many of the myths surrounding romance in one’s third act of life.

The Majority of People Are Not Introverts or Extroverts

By Caroline Beaton on October 06, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Introverts and extroverts do exist, but they're exceptions and at a disadvantage.

Why Ghosting Is Leading the World's Mental Health Crisis

Our social media bubble is about to burst. With so much information coming at us, we are quickly losing sight of the human connection it was meant to create.

More Boys Admit to Cyberbullying than Girls

By Sue Scheff on October 05, 2017 in Shame Nation
Over a quarter of young people say they have bullied or insulted someone else online, according to a new study. Nearly a third of boys admit to cyberbullying over girls.

Why You Need a CyberBuddy

By David J Ley Ph.D. on October 04, 2017 in Women Who Stray
Finding people who can be a support to you, in dealing with the scary and intimidating world of online harassment, is an important and effective self-care strategy.

4 Steps for Effective Social Media Arguments

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on October 02, 2017 in Curious?
Public shaming. Flame wars. Cultural wars. Here is a post that hopes to improve people's thoughts on how to disagree and argue well.

Do You Have Social Media Disorder?

Is your social media use just enthusiastic or do you have a disorder? The 9-question Social Media Disorder scale can help you distinguish.

Virtues, Values, and Moral Bullying

Who shouts loudest on social media probably isn't the most critical of thinkers.

How Likely Are You to Be Scammed in Online Dating?

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on October 02, 2017 in Love, Digitally
Stories exist of victims parting with their life savings to obtain funds for the scammer. Better educated people more likely to be scammed.

Tech Obsessions Are A-Changin’

OurObsessive Relationship With Technology
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Overcoming the Need to Please

Care too much about what other people think of you? Why you need to stop now.

The Global Epidemic of Online Hate: This Is Us?

By Sue Scheff on October 01, 2017 in Shame Nation
New survey shares the rise of online incivility. Most Americans blame social media and the internet. Tips to take this shame nation to a civil nation online.

Claiming Our Own 'Resistance' for LGBT History Month

By John-Manuel Andriote on September 30, 2017 in Stonewall Strong
If we only see the tragedies of our history, we miss the heroism--especially our own.

Making Friends: There’s An App For That

By Miriam Kirmayer on September 30, 2017 in Casual to Close
With the success and ubiquity of online dating, it’s not too surprising that friendships are now making their way into the virtual world.

Do You Need a Makeover, or a Makeout?

By Donna Barstow on September 29, 2017 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Are you ready to find your soul mate? Try this.

In Cyberspace, We Are All Open Books

By Susan Hooper on September 29, 2017 in Detours and Tangents
I miss the days when privacy could be protected with locked doors, locked filing cabinets, and maybe a bank safe deposit box. Cyberspace has made those protections obsolete.

The Neuroscience of Contagious Laughter

By Christopher Bergland on September 29, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
For the first time, neuroscientists have identified why laughter is contagious.

It's Complicated: Teens, Social Media, and Mental Health

For adolescents, is social media uplifting, depressing or just plain complicated?

Using Big Data to Study Psychology

By Art Markman Ph.D. on September 28, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
There is a lot of discussion about the value of big data for companies. Can big data help science as well?
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5 Ways Online Shaming Can Flourish

By Sue Scheff on September 27, 2017 in Shame Nation
Why do we post things we know can get us in trouble? How we can reduce online shaming in our social media platforms.