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 or an apartment or 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

Seeking Validation Online Doesn’t Bring Real Happiness

Pressure to be socially accepted can affect the self-esteem of many social media users. If you are negative impacted by SM, it might be time to reevaluate how you want to use it.

Sex and Violence

By Robert J King Ph.D. on February 11, 2016 Hive Mind
"Making a Murderer" is just one of many true crime shows that has become popular. Why is this? Is it a new phenomenon?

Narcissism and the Myth of Invincibility

People whose narcissism leads them to believe in the myth of their own invincibility may be setting themselves up for a pretty hard fall.

Virtual Sexualities Blog Anthology

Is there an app for that? Online environments have transformed possibilities for human interaction, and sexual identity and sexual expression are no exception.

6 Ways to Close the Empathy Gap

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on February 08, 2016 Singletons
It is effortless to be enthusiastic. Most of us believe that the more we share, the more people will like us. We don't understand the empathy gap.

5 Ways to Reduce Your—"I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up!"—Risk

Do you know someone who suffered a serious fall that lead to a downward spiral? It happens everyday. For some simple tips on how-to avoid injury from a slip or fall read this.

Why People Buy

How do consumers transition from disinterest in a product or service to urgently wanting that same product or service? It is all about psychology.

So, What Is Distraction Again?

Distraction and mind-wandering may seem like interchangeable terms, but they're not. It's worth pondering what our brain is doing when it seems to be doing nothing.

6 Ways of Using Facebook to Get and Keep a Date

Can social media help you get a lover and maintain a relationship? According to the research, social networking sites can offer unique advantages for finding love. Learn more here.

Warning! Don't Date Online When You're Lonely

By Kira Asatryan on January 29, 2016 The Art of Closeness
It's tempting... but online dating will only make your loneliness worse.

The Postpartum Depression Screening Wars: Is PPD "Real"?

By Claudia M Gold M.D. on January 29, 2016 Child in Mind
Can we take a close look at the issue of postpartum depression screening in all its complexity in striving for the best outcome for children and families?

The Unshakeable Power of Rumor

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on January 28, 2016 Mental Mishaps
Have you heard the latest? When we hear rumors, we make guesses and draw conclusions. But can we correct our mistaken beliefs when we receive more accurate information?

Tweeting, Not Sleeping? Balancing Sleep and Social Media

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on January 28, 2016 Sleep Newzzz
According to just-released research, time spent on social media may be seriously undermining nightly rest.

6 Things Never to Say to a Friend Dealing With a Breakup

Sometimes, avoiding what NOT to say is just as important as saying the right thing.

FoMO Parenting: Nothing New

Parenting is stressful enough without FoMO Parenting. FoMO (Fear of Missing Out) isn't new. It’s just easier to see.

5 Things Your Friends Can Do for You (If You Let Them)

Here are the top two ways to keep your friends around.

Does the Internet Promote Delusional Thinking?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on January 25, 2016 Psych Unseen
With biased brains operating in online echo chambers and filter bubbles, normal people increasingly hold beliefs with delusional qualities.

Gossip is a Social Skill - Not a Character Flaw

Like it or not, we are the descendants of busybodies, and evolutionary psychologists believe that our preoccupation with the lives of others is a byproduct of a prehistoric brain.

Top Five Social Networking Sites Used by Teens

Teens are constantly using the virtual world to communicate with one another. Do you know the social networking sites they use most often?

Should the Social Media Be Called the Antisocial Media?

Some people who commented in an on-line forum on a suicide in Sweden showed a shocking callousness. Did they express it simply because they could?

The Great Brain Training Debate: Who Should You Believe?

The debate over whether videogames can help improve our cognition heated up when Lumosity was slapped with a huge fine for its misleading ads. Where does the truth lie?

Ripping, Hashing and Carving: Crimes of a Digital Type

Most crimes today involve some type of digital tract. A new workbook relies on free software to introduce investigators to core competencies in this field.

Three Reasons to Celebrate Global Belly Laugh Day Jan. 24

Belly laughs heal and strengthen. A wave of laughter will circle the world on Jan 24. Here's how to join, and get permanent benefits from making space in your life for laughs.

Maintaining Close Friendships Requires Face-to-Face Contact

A new study has found that maintaining strong social bonds requires face-to-face contact. It appears that overusing Facebook may unintentionally sabotage your closest friendships.

Alek Sandar and the Unreality of Social Media

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on January 19, 2016 Brick by Brick
Alek Sandar sends a message about social media to us all: You are not your "likes."

Can Being More Sociable Improve Your Gut Microbiomes?

There's been a groundswell of research on the "gut-brain axis" and microbiomes. A new study suggests that being more sociable may boost the health of your gut.

The Professional Conference: The Ultimate Networking Event

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 17, 2016 How To Do Life
How to make the most of a convention or trade show

Having Social Bonds Is the No. 1 Way to Optimize Your Health

Maintaining close-knit social ties throughout your life may promote well-being and longevity even more than diet and exercise.

10 Ways to Bring Mindfulness to the Way You Use Facebook

Research suggests that using Facebook can cause people to feel worse about themselves, lonelier, or sadder. Mindfulness can help protect you some of these detrimental effects.

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