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When Words are Deadly Weapons: Michelle Carter´s Conviction

For people who would rather text than talk, words can be more dangerous than sticks and stones. Texting is pervasive and persuasive, facilitating cyber courtship to cyber stalking.

The Psychology of Selfies

By David Ludden Ph.D. on June 24, 2017 in Talking Apes
A new study shows how people adjust the camera angle of their selfies to manage the impression they want to make on other persons.

The Relationship Benefits of Going “Facebook Official”

On Facebook, one of the secrets of relational success is publicly disclosing relational status. This digital promise ring reflects stronger, more committed relationships.

Decreasing Self-Centeredness May Also Help Reduce Loneliness

A study published today by John Cacioppo and colleagues reports that self-centeredness and perceived social isolation feed off one another as part of a reciprocal feedback loop.

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Tagging Toxic Peers: How Online Friends Become Frenemies

Online friendship involves self-disclosure, which increases vulnerability. When friends become frenemies, disclosed personal information becomes ammunition for cyber-aggression.

Making Peace with Your Adult Children

By Kathy McCoy Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in Complicated Love
Want to enjoy better health as you age? Improving a certain relationship may be the key!

A Behavioral Science Solution to Lies in Politics

Tired of lies in politics? Here's a way to address the problem.

Is Your Partner Facebook Cheating?

When your partner is a friend, fan, or follower of a romantic rival, how does such divided attention impact your relationship?

How Artificial Intelligence Will Disrupt Your Life

By Ray Williams on June 16, 2017 in Wired for Success
We are on the verge of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another unlike anything we've experienced before.

Are You at Risk for an Emotional Online Affair?

Committed partners should not seek emotional fulfillment online. Telling yourself you are “just looking” online puts you at risk for becoming emotionally attached to what you see.

You Are Not Alone

Are we separate, autonomous beings, or do we operate more like a hivemind?

How to Recover From an Online Emotional Affair

Recovery from an online affair requires disabling more than an Internet connection. To rebuild relational trust, a straying partner must disable online emotional connections.

Four Possible Explanations for Online Dating Rejection

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on June 15, 2017 in Love, Digitally
Anonymity and the fleeting nature of a hook-up culture may lead to ghosting.

Live-streamed Violent Criminal Acts

Should we discourage live-streaming of violence by punishing online witnesses who do nothing? If not, do we become the bystanders?

For Millennials, One Key to Happiness

For sound mental health, Millennials should reconsider this pervasive hobby.

An Eye for a Wandering Eye: Avoiding Promiscuous Partners

Does your partner enjoy meeting new people? Does he or she work the room at business events? Interaction dynamics reveal whether your partner is pursuing business or pleasure.

Online Daters Find Conservative Profiles Very Attractive

With so many fish in the sea, online allure depends on both physical attractiveness and perceived trustworthiness. Learn which types of profiles have both.

Are You Self-ie Absorbed?

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on June 03, 2017 in Clear Communication
Much research supports the notion that hyper-levels of self-photographs are damaging to self and relational growth. But people just aren't accepting it. So, what's the deal?

Why You Might Forgive Kathy Griffin: “My Bad” V. “I´m Sorry"

Public offenders can be forgiven. Yet is the mea culpa art or artifice? Public apologies that admit guilt, express remorse, and seek forgiveness are more likely to be accepted.
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Cyber Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on May 31, 2017 in Media Spotlight
With the rise of social media and smartphones, cyberbullying and other forms of online harassment are becoming more common. This seems to be especially true for domestic abusers.
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Sorting Fact From Fiction: Why Expertise Matters

Are you able to utter the three magic words "I don't know"? If not, you could be on your way to making some really bad decisions.

Should Women Start a Good Ol' Girls Club?

Networks can serve as your insurance for professional longevity. Contacts are like an insurance policy. The more you have, the more security you can have in your career.

Desensitization of Terrorism

Has society become desensitized to terrorism?

Profiling Online Daters: Short Self-descriptions Are Suspect

Online, when it comes to profiling honesty, short and sweet does not signal sincere. To be believable, brief is not better. Linguistic clues indicate deceptive self description

Why Millennials Are Obsessed With Self-improvement

By Caroline Beaton on May 29, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Millennials may be perceived as narcissistic, lazy, entitled and fragile, but we're more determined to improve ourselves than the generations calling us that.

Online, Too Many Dating Choices Decreases Commitment

For many online browsers, the biggest problem is not dishonesty, but decision-making. Too many choices increases objectification and decreases commitment. So how do you choose?

Moving Online Romance Offline: How Soon Is Too Soon?

How long should you wait to transition online courtship into realtime romance? Because compatibility and chemistry are best judged in person, perhaps sooner rather than later.

Facebook Banned Another Political Activist - Myself!

Facebook Banned Another Political Activist - Myself!

Answering Want Ads

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 26, 2017 in How To Do Life
An underrated tool for landing a job...if used properly.

Digital Silence, and Its Impact on Relationships

Why do we get so upset when we don't get a quick response to our text or email?
The Single Most Dangerous Word In Social Media

The Single Most Dangerous Word In Social Media

By John Nosta on May 23, 2017 in The Digital Self
Need to get a company's attention in the world of failed products and horrible customer service?

Face-to-Face Connectedness, Oxytocin, and Your Vagus Nerve

A new study reports that oxytocin "love hormone" levels surge during a romantic crisis. These findings reaffirm a link between the vagus nerve and our need to "tend-and-befriend."

How Important Is Your Dog in Your Family and Social Life?

New data shows just how significant a part of our social and family lives our dogs have become.