Social Networking Essential Reads

How “Manipulation Armies” Are Undermining Democracies

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on November 18, 2017 in Side Effects
A new report on the “closed loops” of disinformation stoking chaos and confusion almost everywhere.

Docs Gone Wild: Losing Professional Boundaries Online

Mark Zuckerberg's vision is total transparency. But this has serious consequences for health professionals and the doctor-patient relationship, and even the ability to form a self.

Millennial Distress: Why More? Why Now?

By Russ Federman Ph.D., A.B.P.P. on November 12, 2017 in Bipolar You
A discussion of current socioeconomic and social media influences upon the emotional and psychological distress of today's millennial generation.
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Will Online Shame Prevent You From a Holiday Romance?

By Sue Scheff on November 10, 2017 in Shame Nation
A new survey reports that over half of Americans will search for information online before dating you.

Social Media Societies Pose Risks to Mental Health

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
Researchers found that online communities can encourage self harm.

Humans and Wine: A Seven Thousand Year Love Affair

By Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D. on November 01, 2017 in Beastly Behavior
There's more to wine than bouquets and finishes. Wine may be the badge of civilization and it is an excellent summary of science.

Is Facebook Making You Depressed?

Long a concern of psychologists studying Facebook use, the possibility of users become depressed comes under scrutiny in newly published research.

My Partner Cheated on Me—Should I Try to Make It Work?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on October 12, 2017 in ExperiMentations
How do we decide whether to stay or go after someone cheats on us? New research sheds light on the decision-making process and helps us understand our own relationships.

The Majority of People Are Not Introverts or Extroverts

By Caroline Beaton on October 06, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Introverts and extroverts do exist, but they're exceptions and at a disadvantage.

Why You Need a CyberBuddy

By David J Ley Ph.D. on October 04, 2017 in Women Who Stray
Finding people who can be a support to you, in dealing with the scary and intimidating world of online harassment, is an important and effective self-care strategy.

4 Steps for Effective Social Media Arguments

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on October 02, 2017 in Curious?
Public shaming. Flame wars. Cultural wars. Here is a post that hopes to improve people's thoughts on how to disagree and argue well.

In Cyberspace, We Are All Open Books

By Susan Hooper on September 29, 2017 in Detours and Tangents
I miss the days when privacy could be protected with locked doors, locked filing cabinets, and maybe a bank safe deposit box. Cyberspace has made those protections obsolete.

The Neuroscience of Contagious Laughter

By Christopher Bergland on September 29, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
For the first time, neuroscientists have identified why laughter is contagious.

Can Scientists Forecast Attraction?

Long-term attraction is more likely to occur in the presence of qualities facilitating attraction, together with personality traits such as availability and inscrutability.

Social Media Addicts Need to Feed Their Egos

By Jennifer Golbeck Ph.D. on September 26, 2017 in Your Online Secrets
Social media addiction is tied to narcissism and low self-esteem in a new study.

Thinking Like Artificial Intelligence: What's in a Photo?

By Jennifer Golbeck Ph.D. on September 22, 2017 in Your Online Secrets
The first article in a series that challenges us to think about human intelligence and how it relates to AI.

How to Make Friends When You Don’t Have Play Dates

By Miriam Kirmayer on September 12, 2017 in Casual to Close
Making friends as an adult can be anxiety-producing and confusing. Unlike childhood, there isn’t a structure in place to facilitate friendship-making nor are there clear-cut rules.

Does Your Child Have Enough Friends?

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on September 10, 2017 in Nurturing Resilience
Some children are shy and happy to be alone. Many others struggle to make friends and are at risk for depression. Parents can teach children what they need to be more social.

Abstinence-Only Sex Ed: Harmful? Unethical?

By Laurie Mintz Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Stress and Sex
A major professional society calls abstinence-only sex ed harmful and unethical. The UN backs comprehensive sex ed, and the WHO defines sexual health as including pleasure.

4 Reasons Why We Forget People's Names

By David Ludden Ph.D. on September 02, 2017 in Talking Apes
Humans are quite good at recognizing familiar faces, but we often fail to remember even familiar names.

5 Ways to Heal from Online Shame and Digital Hate

By Sue Scheff on September 01, 2017 in Shame Nation
Incivility online is growing as empathy is dipping, and more adults are becoming victims of online shaming and digital hate. Learn five ways to rebound.

Discovering Infidelity on Facebook

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on August 29, 2017 in Attraction, Evolved
How do men and women react when then discover their partner is cheating on them on Facebook?

Career Issues I’ve Changed My Mind About

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 29, 2017 in How To Do Life
11 examples of revised thinking that may abet your career.

5 Lies About Adult Friendships

By Miriam Kirmayer on August 25, 2017 in Casual to Close
"I should have a best friend" and other beliefs that are getting in the way of your friendships.
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How Facebook Reveals When You Are (and Aren’t) Crazy in Love

What you do on Facebook may reflect more about your relationship than you think.

18 Common Logical Fallacies and Persuasion Techniques

The information bombardment on social media is loaded with fallacious arguments.

Is It Dangerous for Celebrities to Talk About Anorexia?

By Renee Engeln Ph.D. on August 24, 2017 in Beauty Sick
Celebrities regularly share the details of their mental health with fans, but when it comes to eating disorders, these disclosures could lead to negative outcomes.

When Facing Life Transitions, Check Your Social Groups

By Jolanda Jetten Ph.D. on August 22, 2017 in Social Cures
How to be best prepared for life transitions? Perhaps you should check your social groups.

On the Modern Self

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on August 19, 2017 in More Than Mortal
Writer Will Storr discusses his new book: Selfie.

On Coping with Political Strife On Social Media and Beyond

A conversation about struggling with what to post on social media in these times of social and political strife.