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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Are Acts of Kindness Good For You?

There’s no denying that kindness is a good thing. But what about the claims that doing good is actually good for you?

Are Female Misogynists on the Rise?

By Jen Kim on October 25, 2016 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Has the Trump campaign made women turn on each other?

Do Facebook "Likes" Affect Psychological Well-Being?

By Gwendolyn Seidman Ph.D. on October 20, 2016 in Close Encounters
New research shows that the way we're affected by Facebook likes may depend on our self-esteem, and our sense of purpose in life.

This Election Is Not Just About You

By Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W.- R. on October 14, 2016 in Quite Queerly
America is about freedom and opportunity for all, not just a few.

Five Tech-Steps to a Meaningful Relationship

If you’re searching for love and a long-term relationship, locating the right partner can be tough. It’s just incredibly difficult to find a great match.

How to Deal With the Gossipmonger at Your Workplace

Gossip at the workplace is likely here to stay. What can you do about it if you are the victim?

Avoid the Conversational Kiss of Death

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on October 06, 2016 in Happy Trails
This one change can inspire meaningful connections and fulfilling conversations.
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The Ripper Conclave

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on October 01, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Ripperologists gather for a conference in Whitechapel to explore the infamous 1888 Ripper murders.

Tinder and Lasting Love?

What is Tinder? What can it lead to? Why are people on it? I decided to dive deeper and find the answers to those questions.

The Secret to Great First Impressions

By Keith Rollag Ph.D. on September 22, 2016 in Being Good at Being New
Struggle with networking? Here is a simple but powerful approach to make your more confident and successful.

When Social Media Sparks Depression

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in Media Spotlight
A new study highlights the psychological risks associated with the online harassment that can often occur on social medial sites such as Facebook.

12 Things You Missed While You Were on Your Smartphone

Are you stalled in a digital time warp instead of being there for your loved ones?

What It Means When You Stay in Touch With Your Ex

By Gwendolyn Seidman Ph.D. on September 18, 2016 in Close Encounters
New research shows having contact with an ex could harm a new relationship; whether it does depends on the motives for staying in touch.

This Is the Real Reason We're So Attached to Our Phones

Do you ever wonder if you’re too dependent on your cell phone? New research suggests how attachment style affects our cell phone behavior.

6 Things Predators Already Know About You

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 16, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
The basic principles of social influence and persuasion are effective tools for predators.

Four Steps to Find New Business Opportunities

By Judy Carter on September 13, 2016 in Stress Is a Laughing Matter
Need more clients or a new career? No matter what your age, opportunity might be outside your front door. Here are four steps to turn a casual encounter into business opportunity.

Are Food Bloggers Giving You Anxiety?

By Goal Auzeen Saedi Ph.D. on September 12, 2016 in Millennial Media
Promises of "quick" and "easy" tantalizing treats got you in a tizzy? Step away from the blender, breathe and remember that even the Pinterest-worthy photos are not always real.

Is it Time to Unclutter Your Social Network?

Is your circle of friends more like a chaos of clutter?

Who (or What) Runs Your World?

By Denise R Friedman Ph.D. on September 10, 2016 in Always More to Learn
Is social media really about mind control? Do you need a digital detox?

The Limits of Facebook: Traumatization, Censorship and Walls

Facebook again got into hot water for censorship over the banning of photos of the "Napalm Girl". This reminded me of how limiting and shallow the online experience can be.

Is the Concept of "Internet Addiction" a Misnomer?

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on September 07, 2016 in In Excess
Internet addiction is now a widely studied phenomenon. However most research shows that a minority of people have addictions on the internet but rarely to it.

What to Say (and Not to) in a First Online Dating Message

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on September 06, 2016 in Love, Digitally
Which style of first contact message is most likely to receive a reply? Is it better to make someone wait a while for your reply?

The Ugly Truth About Online Dating

By Ryan Anderson on September 06, 2016 in The Mating Game
Have you ventured into the world of online dating? Or are you thinking about it? Before you do, there are a few things you need to know.

No Comment: 3 Rules for Dealing With Internet Trolls

By Joe Pierre M.D. on September 01, 2016 in Psych Unseen
Internet trolling thwarts the democratic ideal of online deliberation. What can we do about it?

Can Listening to Music Increase Cooperation at Work?

New research shows happy music helps boost cooperation.

Are Selfie-Takers Really Narcissists?

Selfies are becoming the new normal in social media, but not for everyone. New research predicts who is most likely to follow this trend and why.
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The Perils of Multitasking

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on August 26, 2016 in Memory Medic
Multitasking not only becomes a habit, it is addictive. I see many youngsters who seem to have withdrawal symptoms if they can't check their phone messages every few minutes.

Serious Learning Happens at Summer Camp - Without Technology

For those ending a summer at camp, the transition back to home, school and screen time can be infused with lessons from June, July and August.

Playing Games With Memory

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in Play in Mind
New technology makes it less urgent that we commit facts to memory.

Screenagers and Technology Use

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in In Excess
There has been a lot of debate about how much time children should spend in front of screens. I argue content and context of screen time is more import than the amount of time.