Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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How we connect and thrive through emerging technologies.
Pamela B. Rutledge Ph.D., M.B.A.
Fun, dumb, or dangerous? TikTok challenges may have appeal because they offer connection and belonging.
Intentionally slow videos stand in contrast to the warp-speed pacing of most social media. They can feel therapeutic because they focus your attention on the moment.
We are offloading our responsibilities as citizens and parents by expecting social platforms to identify and remove misinformation or inciting and abusive content. Here's why.
Turning to entertainment for comfort and escape might be more important than ever during COVID. Why do holiday movies make us so happy?
Want to overcome the COVID holiday challenge of creating meaningful social connections while distancing? These eight steps show you how to use technology as must-have survival gear.
Video conferencing is skyrocketing thanks to COVID. Now we have a new form of burnout: Zoom fatigue. There are good reasons why. Are there solutions?
Kids of politicians are making news by speaking up to discourage voters from supporting their parents. Typical teenage rebellion? That’s far too simplistic.
Continually checking your cellphone, scrolling through news stories, or having news cycle fatigue? You can take steps to keep your stress in check.
"The Social Dilemma" is disturbing, in part because it uses many of the same persuasive techniques vilified in the documentary to tell its story.
Political polarization increases attention to political affiliation on dating apps. Before you swipe left, remember that labels do not always predict beliefs or values.
Are our attention spans totally spent to the point where watching a whole hour of TV is impossible? Or are half-hour shows just more binge-worthy?
An online symposium has the same benefits as online education: wider reach, easier access, and richer, more diverse content.
Narratives reveal core values. There is no "changing the other guy's mind" when the fundamental worldview is so different, such as over face masks and social distancing.
Our instinctive need for safety makes us vulnerable to narratives that provide easy answers.
Many people have found themselves continuously reading bad news about COVID-19 or police violence without the ability to stop or step back.
Last week, we were worried about the negative impact of cellphone overuse. Now we’re worried about staying connected. But how much is too much?
Why watch a movie that scares us when we have a pandemic in real life? Thrillers give viewers psychological pay-offs that make them feel better.
Trying to get answers makes us feel safer. This isn’t just true of adults. It’s true for kids, too.
Stories enable self-reflection, emotional connection, increased empathy and can have real-life impact. What’s not to like?
Unboxing videos are big business, especially with kids. They are popular because they trigger our interest and emotions by telling simple stories.
A recent celebrity suicide has underscored the dangers of cyberbullying no matter the source.
New Year's resolutions are great, except we start the year with low cognitive reserves. That makes February a better time to make lasting change.
As politicians anticipate the primaries, their success will boil down to the art of storytelling and the psychological impact of language, images, archetypes, and emotions.
The rapid rise in home security cameras enabled by low-cost, DIY options, raises a host of questions that we aren’t yet equipped to answer.
Parental controls don’t teach good habits and critical thinking that are transferable. They should be viewed as training wheels until a kid finds his or her balance.
“Internet Addiction” isn’t in the DSM-5. Yet, some politicians are flogging legislation as a cure to this scourge.
Digital monitoring tools like Life360 let users track the location of family and friends, forcing us to address the psychological impact on relationships and trust.
Why do parents share or overshare about their kids' lives online? It’s a combination of pride, joy, identity, social validation, and maybe a little recklessness.
A public feud shows how conflict energized the brand narratives of two beauty influencers and propelled them into (almost) household names.
Instagram is going to experiment with hiding Likes to everyone except the account owner to focus users more on connecting and less on competing. Good goal, but it won't work.
Pamela Rutledge, Ph.D., M.B.A., is the Director of the Media Psychology Research Center and a professor of media psychology at Fielding Graduate University.
Using technology to communicate, connect and flourish in a transmedia world