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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Internet Gaming Disorder vs. Internet Addiction Disorder

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in In Excess
In the DSM-5, Internet Gaming Disorder is seen as synonymous with internet use disorder (IUD) and internet addiction (IA). Empirical evidence clearly shows this is not the case.

The Surprising Psychology of the Email Hack

All too often we hear of a public figure whose email was hacked. What they thought was private becomes grist for the media mill. How would you feel if someone targeted you?

Online Dating: Quit Bragging

Research on why modesty is best for the online dater.

The Pressures of Social Media: Should I Disconnect?

Some people talk about giving up social media as the answer to the always-on pressures of connectivity. A better solution is "Social Media Mindfulness."

Can Pokémon Go Reduce Loneliness?

Pokémon Go has had a dramatic rise in popularity. Can this game impact players positively, including reducing feelings of loneliness? It is quite possible!

Think Before You React to Mrs. Trump's Speech

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on July 19, 2016 in Screen Time
Quick to judge others on character rather than situational factors? Social psychology and media processing is used to process the recent events surrounding Mrs. Trump's RNC speech.

Unexpected Ways to Address the Obesity Epidemic

Free, simple and fun solutions may beat many years and billions of dollars of medical research

Are Facebook "Likes" a Barometer of Friendship?

The dark side of social media is when we use it to judge ourselves.

Are you Facebook Official?

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on July 17, 2016 in Love, Digitally
Social networking has increased the propensity for jealousy. Females desire a degree of approval from others and tend to define themselves in terms of others.

The Social Network of Food

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on July 17, 2016 in Food Junkie
Negotiating for support can be especially important when you are trying to make some dietary/lifestyle changes.

The One Big Secret of Social Media Success

By Neel Burton M.D. on July 15, 2016 in Hide and Seek
How to make your posts more popular.

Two Psychological Approaches to Photography

By Stanton Peele on July 14, 2016 in Addiction in Society
The two greatest American photographers, Diane Arbus and Robert Frank, while taking very different approaches to photography, both peered into America's soul, at a personal cost.

How to Fight Fairly on Facebook and Other Social Media

Is your Facebook aflame with hateful discussions? How can you stand up, say your piece, and shed some light without getting burned or adding to the chaos? Here are some guidelines.

Failed Mental Health App Highlights Pitfalls of Social Media

When social media pits privacy against mental health, ethical concerns arise.

Study Demonstrates Racial Disparity in Police Force

The science supports the arguments in favor of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Psychological Pros and Cons of Pokémon Go

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on July 12, 2016 in Urban Survival
Could the new game craze help social anxiety and depression? Catching Pokémon might have more rewards than you think.

The Digital Psychological Disconnect

The digital psychological disconnect (diminished emotional awareness and connections) can emerge when a society interacts increasingly more with devices than directly with people.

Do Female Presidents or Prime Ministers Make Any Difference?

...if the percentage of women in the legislature increases by 5 per cent, a state is nearly five times less likely to use violence internationally.

Does Social Media Harm Kids?

There is solid evidence that social media networking can have positive benefits for young people.

Other People's Great Vacations Don't Have to Get to You

When you’re stuck at home or in the office while others flaunt their fabulous journeys around the world, it can be tough. This will help you get over your case of vacation envy.

Comparing Morality: Clinton and Trump Tweets Head to Head

Clinton and Trump both season their Twitter rhetoric with morality-laced words. But they do it very differently.

Clark Kent Syndrome: When Boys Are Social Media Supermen

There is a disturbing trend that seems to be whispered about in the hallways of schools.

Tony-Nominated Director Liesl Tommy Makes More Than History

When we share our authentic stories and listen carefully to those around us, we all win. And we can thank people like the Tony nominated director Liesl Tommy, for showing us how.

5 Facts About Back-Burner Relationships

By Michelle Drouin Ph.D. on June 22, 2016 in Love Online
Do you think someone might have their eye on you for a future relationship? There's only one way to know for sure.

2 Reasons Growth Rate Numbers Can Mislead Us

Using incorrect measures & ignoring the base size can lead to wrong conclusions.

Is Trump a Tyrant? What His Tweets Say

"Tyrant" talk seems to be sticking to presidential candidate Donald Trump. What does a systematic analysis of his own Twitter words say about his tyrannical tendencies?

Five Steps to Online Dating

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on June 10, 2016 in Love, Digitally
Make your message humorous. In romantic attraction, familiarity and similarity are important.

Battle of the Letters on Social Media

Rape culture is once again in the spotlight as a rape survivor and the father of the rapist voice testimonials via social media.

Bridging the Divide

By John Sean Doyle on June 09, 2016 in Luminous Things
How are we to live with technology? Every time we refuse the other, we risk losing the ability to look our fellow beings in the eye and say the hard, compassionate truths.

Narcissism and Cyberbullying in Online Dating

Gay and straight online daters have different cyberbullying experiences, especially when you account for their narcissism.