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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Why Millennials Are Lonely

By Caroline Beaton on February 23, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Mysteriously, loneliness appears most prevalent among millennials. I see two compounding explanations.

5 Ways to Spring Clean Your Social Media Clutter

The clocks will soon "spring forward" for many of us—that means it's a great time to prepare for the loss of an hour by streamlining your electronic social networks.

Getting Inside the Heads of Consumers

By Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in This Is America
Why does any product break out of the pack and keep on selling? What is the psychology of hits and the role of social networks through which markets can be reached?

Why the "Like" Button May Be Killing Activism

By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on February 17, 2017 in Supersurvivors
Is all the liking, retweeting, and commenting going on in American politics actually doing any good? Or are we just indulging in a form of entertainment and self-aggrandizement?
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Hugs, Tweets, and Physician Reimbursement

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on February 16, 2017 in Scientocracy
As for those of us not in the healthcare reimbursement business, we should focus our energy on hugging people we care about. And minding our tweets.

Fake News & "Alternative Facts": The Decline of Rationality

By Ray Williams on February 14, 2017 in Wired for Success
We are inundated with waves of anti-expert, and anti-science information, where opinions in the form of “alternative facts” and fake news are being promoted as the truth.
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To App or Not to App

By Dora Calott Wang M.D. on February 13, 2017 in The Kitchen Shrink
American Psychiatric Association takes Leadership in the Wild West of Mental Health Apps

Will You Be My Valentine (With a Disability)?

A new dating app seems to provide an easy way to meet partners with and without disabilities. Will it be successful despite the potential stigma?

Small World, Isn’t It?

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on February 08, 2017 in Jacob's Staff
Do you believe that innovative design principles can affect behavior?

Constructing a Valentine’s Day Dating Profile

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on February 08, 2017 in Love, Digitally
• It is not always the case that males pursue physical attractiveness in a female partner. • There is a difference between deliberate and spontaneous choices in online dating.

Psychopaths, Sadists, and the Lure of Internet Aggression

By Traci Stein Ph.D., MPH on February 07, 2017 in The Integrationist
Internet trolls create chaos on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. Read on to learn who they are, what motivates them, and why you should stop feeding them.

The Psychology of Meetings

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on February 04, 2017 in A Sideways View
Meetings waste hours. Why do we have so many of them? Does them improve decision making? How to make them more efficient and effective.

Why Have Super Bowl Ad Prices Doubled Since 2007?

One big reason is growth of consumer engagement through social media.

Fake News has a Real Audience

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on February 02, 2017 in The Human Beast
In a golden age of fake news we are becoming more accustomed to politicians spouting self-serving lies. We are also beginning to grasp the complicity of their audience.

Arousing Curiosity May Help Take the Politics Out of Science

By Christopher Bergland on February 01, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new Yale-led study has pinpointed a simple antidote that may help us take the politics out of science.

Break Free From the Monotony of Online Dating

By Caitlin Cantor LCSW, CST on February 01, 2017 in Modern Sex
Is online dating bringing you down? Try pushing yourself further out of your comfort zone, and give yourself the gift of self-growth and new outcomes.
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Office Gossip: How to Make Sure It's NOT About You

If people didn’t behave badly at work, there’d be no such thing as office gossip. Here’s how to reduce your chances of being the subject.

Shouldn't We Support Melania?

Melania Trump- Does she need help?

Alternative Facts, Weather Forecasts, and White (House) Lies

By David Kyle Johnson Ph.D. on January 27, 2017 in A Logical Take
We’ve come full circle. The most radically left postmodern idea— that truth is relative—is being embraced by the most radically conservative White House administration.

Monitoring the Self: Are You a High or Low Self-Monitor?

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on January 26, 2017 in A Sideways View
People who seem more socially skilled and confident than others may be more tuned in to their own behavior.
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Activism and Self-Care

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on January 22, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Are you a baby boomer, having a deja vu of the 1960s? This article sums up the reason women in the US are concerned and also offers some self-care tips during difficult times.

How To Advance Wise Thinking In Your Community

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on January 21, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Frustrated with irrationality in your community? Here are some ways you can take a leadership role to advance wise thinking!

Social Media: Things are Not Always What They Seem

With a new president who likes to tweet, this might be a good time to remember that for most job seekers, social media should be used with caution.

Is Social Media Increasing ADHD?

By Tracy P Alloway Ph.D. on January 18, 2017 in Keep It in Mind
Social Media and ADHD: How technology is changing the way we pay attention to information

It's Time to Talk About Tinder

What are the advantages and challenges of online dating for persons with disabilities?

Top 6 Reasons Foreigners Hate American-Style Small Talk

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on January 16, 2017 in Adaptation
And you'll probably be surprised by many of them.

This New Year Focus on Something that Helps You and Others

By Christine Porath Ph.D. on January 13, 2017 in Thriving at Work
Consider how civil you are, and what you can do to improve, because your civility can provide benefits—to you and others— all year round.

How to Avoid Depression Induced by Social Media

A review of the research finds certain social media behaviors lead to depression.

Leaving the Abusive Relationship

It is possible to leave an abusive relationship and create a new life.

Taylor Swift Analyzed by Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence is deployed to analyze Taylor Swift's personality from her Twitter account. She seems like a good person to be friends with.