Social Networking Essential Reads

Women, Men and Mentoring

Mentors can often give you the advantage of behind-the-scene operations and decisions in the making. A mentor is a go-to person when times are difficult.

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.

Why Do Man Buns Inspire Instant Vitriol?

By Gregg McBride on June 10, 2017 in The Weight-ing Game
With the advent of social media, we’ve all become a little more “brave” in regard to sharing our opinions. The parallels to other life disagreements have not been lost on me.

Online Matchmaking: Where Benevolence Outshines Beauty

The order in which you view online daters' profiles determines how attractive you will find them. Emotionally responsive profiles can be more alluring than attractive photos.

How to Make Friends by Asking Questions

By David Ludden Ph.D. on June 05, 2017 in Talking Apes
A new Harvard study shows that people like us more when we let them do most of the talking.

Internet Infidelity: Today's Blind-Spot Threat to Marriage

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on June 01, 2017 in Clear Communication
Has your marriage or someone's marriage you know been devastated by Internet infidelity? Here's some tips with how to guard yours against going down that slippery slope.

How Violence Spreads Like a Contagious Disease

By Brad J. Bushman Ph.D. on May 31, 2017 in Get Psyched!
New research explains how violence spreads from person to person. Violence does not occur randomly; it occurs in clusters, often among individuals in the same social network.

Anger and Disgust at Moral Violations

By Art Markman Ph.D. on May 30, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
When people respond to immoral acts, they often respond with anger or disgust. Does that mean that these two emotions are really two sides of the same coin?

Online Dating Photo Fraud: The Person Behind the Profile

Online daters with attractive photos are both distrusted and desired.

The 5 Worst Email Mistakes and the 5 Best Ways to Avoid Them

Email can be dangerous territory, which can make or break your personal and work life. New research on email etiquette shows how important its proper use can be.

Why Eating Avocado Toast Can Set You Back Financially

It’s not eating avo-toast that matters so much as what the choice signifies.

Facebook Can Create Psychological Safety Nets During Crises

Facebook has many pros and cons, as most of us know. Two recent studies have found that Facebook can create a surprisingly effective "safety net" in times of crisis and distress.

Research Shows What Makes Trolls Tick on Mobile Dating Apps

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on April 25, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Internet trolls are everywhere. What draws them to dating apps and how can you deal with them?

Love and Exile: Decoding the Many Rules of the Girl Code

By Jen Kim on April 24, 2017 in Valley Girl With a Brain
What do women want from their female friendships? Decoding the rules of the Girl Code.

How to Have a Successful First Date (After Meeting Online)

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on April 18, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Online dating is increasingly popular, and notoriously unsatisfying for many. Research is beginning to sort out what works—simple steps can help a first date go better.
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United Airlines and the Short Fuse of Social Media

By John Nosta on April 11, 2017 in The Digital Self
The temptation to throw companies and people off the cliff is a real problem.

What Is the Importance of Nonverbal Communications?

By Joe Navarro M.A. on April 05, 2017 in Spycatcher
Why study nonverbals? Because as you will see, they matter more than we think.

Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, and the Reasons We Blame Victims

In May of 2016, actress Amber Heard accused her husband Johnny Depp of hitting her and assaulting her. She posted pictures of injuries to her face and filed for divorce.

The One Thing Men Do That Irritates Women the Most

A man who presumes he knows more than the women around him can, without realizing it, engage in this one behavior sure to annoy his female companions. New research shows why.

This Is How People Judge You Online

New research shows that posting on Facebook about your accomplishments can make you appear immodest, but praise from friends is likely to boost your social capital.

Why Social Media is Not Smart for Middle School Kids

Wondering why your middle schooler's social media use has ratcheted up your stress levels? Understanding the brain at this age can help you can take back control.

How to Be Less Awkward at Ending Small Talk

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on March 25, 2017 in Adaptation
Want to be less awkward at ending small talk? Try these 5 things.

The Psychosocial Risks of Social Media and the Internet

By Jean Kim M.D. on March 21, 2017 in Culture Shrink
We need to remain vigilant about the risks of social media's influence on our society and human behaviors.

From Post-Truth to Post-Lies

Worried about the dominance of "alternative facts" and "post-truth politics?" Behavioral science points the way to solving this problem!
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Cell Phones, Texting, and Relationship Distress

Whether referred to as “phone snubbing,” “technoference” or simply bad manners, cell phone and texting habits can decrease romantic relationship satisfaction.

Social Media Exacerbates Perceived Social Isolation

A new study reports that heavy use of social media is associated with increased social isolation.

How to Prove You Are Not a Jerk

Recruiters use LinkedIn to identify—and screen out— "jerks."