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

“It’s complicated..."

By Erica B Slotter Ph.D. on May 27, 2016 in Me, You, & Us
How does updating about your relationship on Facebook relate to how happy you are in your relationship, how happy others think you are, and how much others like you?

10 Ways to Jumpstart a Better Social Life

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on May 25, 2016 in Friendship 2.0
Are you stuck in a friendship rut? Not enough friends, or too many superficial friends or toxic friends? Try these steps to work toward the relationships you've wanted.

Justice Breyer: Social Media Qs “Staring at Us in the Face”

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer weighed in on social media at the APA last week. Social Media problems are "staring us in the face," he said, and neuropsychology matters.

What Kind of Text Message Makes You Jealous?

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on May 17, 2016 in Love, Digitally
Checking the messages on your partner's phone is going to make you jealous.

At What Age Are You Most Likely to Be Lonely?

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on May 10, 2016 in The Squeaky Wheel
Many people associate being lonely with being old. However, a new study finds many of assumptions about loneliness are wrong.

Smartphones Reveal How the Modern World Is (Not) Sleeping

Do you sleep with a smartphone next to your bed? If so, compelling new research offers multiple reasons to turn off your phone (and other digital devices) one hour before bedtime.

Freedom vs. Security in Marvel's Captain America: Civil War

Erich Fromm believed people too readily escape from freedom to feel safe, and yet fans of Captain America: Civil War say they'd choose freedom first. Would they really? Would you?
Pixabay free image, used with permission

Random Love: To Hook Up or to Not Hook Up?

By Madelon Sprengnether on May 06, 2016 in Minding Memory
Who could have predicted that girls today would know less than women of my generation about their bodies and how to gratify their own desires?

Teens and Sexting: Lifting Legal Sanctions

Should laws allow consensual sexting among minors?

Parents and Digital Technology

By The Book Brigade on May 05, 2016 in The Author Speaks
Stop lecturing your kids on the dangers of screen time. Lead by example: Fix your own habits first.

Geriatric Technophobia, Part II

Don't think you're missing much by avoiding technology? Maybe it's time to reconsider.

Does Going on a Digital Fast Make Sense?

The answer depends on how you see your relationship with technology.

What We Can Learn From a Traveling, Talking, Mime

Master storyteller, Bill Bowers, shows us how to make the invisible visible in his new solo show about traveling the world as a mime who talks.

How the World of Mobile Technology Is Affecting Each of Us

We’re in the midst of a technological revolution. Whether it’s the cloud, apps, software, or mobile, the pace of technological change is stunning. How do we make sense of it?

Facebook Free: Aftermath

Are there benefits from taking a break from social media?

Why Do Animal Tragedies Go Viral?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on April 29, 2016 in Animals and Us
A new study investigates why the death of Cecil the Lion became an instant world-wide internet sensation.

8 Ways to Convince Yourself You're an Exerciser

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on April 28, 2016 in Minding the Body
The way you define your identity has a major impact on how you behave. Here’s how to make “exerciser” a core part of your identity, especially if you haven't been active for long.

Sobering News on Suicide

By Elias Aboujaoude M.D. on April 24, 2016 in Compulsive Acts
The Internet has not lived up to its promise as a suicide prevention tool

Amy Smith on Psychiatric Activism, Rat Parks and Healing Art

The future of mental health interview series continues with Amy Smith on psychiatric activism, rat parks and healing art.

The Whole Foods Cake Case: Why Do People Fake Victimhood?

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on April 21, 2016 in Friendship 2.0
What would motivate a person to create a hoax and claim victimhood, like what's assumed in the Whole Foods cake case? Several factors are likely at play.

David Webb on Activist Websites and Social Media

The future of mental health interview series continues with David Webb on activist websites and social media.

10 Tips to Protect Yourself From Cyberstalking

Cyberstalking is a quickly escalating problem that’s more likely to occur in an addictive personality. It's important to be careful with how you conduct your romantic life online.

"All Muslims Are Terrorists!"

By Izzy Kalman on April 19, 2016 in Resilience to Bullying
News about terrorism has fostered Islamophobic bullying. Here is simple advice, consistent with Islamic teachings, on how Muslims can cope with Islamophobic bullying.

We’re Giving Bullying a Bad Name

Think your child’s school needs an anti-bullying program? Here’s why you might be wrong.

How to Explain Climate Science on Twitter

What can we learn from Donald Trump about climate science?

Trillin v. Twitter: Have They Run Out of Ordnance Yet?

Calvin Trillin drew online ire for a satiric poem about Chinese food. What does this tell us about the psychology of anger, racism and social media?

Keeping Children Safe

By Janet Hicks Ph.D. on April 08, 2016 in Raising Parents
Children are talking to strangers online and, worse yet, meeting them face-to-face. What is a parent to do?

It's What Online Dating Can't Tell You

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on April 06, 2016 in Love, Digitally
You can learn a lot from a person's odour.

How to Be More Likable

By Ryan Anderson on April 05, 2016 in The Mating Game
With a few of these tricks, you can become the person everyone wants to be friends with.

Does Warmer Weather Really Make You Happier?

Now that warmer weather is here, people assume greater happiness and new love will follow. However, the data indicate many of these assumptions are iffy and often simply wrong.