Social Networking Essential Reads

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.

Adult Friendships: The Lies We Tell Ourselves

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.

Crime and Punishment (and Twitter)

Scientists are exploring what social media can reveal about patterns of wrongdoing.

Why You Can’t Be Without Your Phone

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on August 02, 2017 in Love, Digitally
Do we become attached to phones as human attachment substitutes? Anxiously attached people keep their phones close to be in constant contact with other people.

Why Brilliant Girls Tend to Favor Non-STEM Careers

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 20, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
If there are bona fide gender differences in preferences and interests, equal opportunities may never translate into equal outcomes.

All the Lonely People — Where Do They All Come From?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on July 15, 2017 in Talking Apes
Social networks are vital for good health and well-being, but it is quality and not quantity of relationships that counts.

Health 2.0, It's All About You

By David Rosen on July 14, 2017 in Health 2.0
A health revolution has put us back in control of our health and wellness, with technology and social media redefining every stage of our of life. Welcome to Health 2.0.

To Friend or Unfriend Your Ex

By Cortney S. Warren Ph.D. on July 12, 2017 in Naked Truth
Should you unfriend your ex when going through a breakup? There are at least three key reasons it may help you move forward.

Self-Concept Influences the Tendency To Network

By Art Markman Ph.D. on June 27, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
The phrase “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know that matters” has become a cliché, because it is true. What affects people's tendency to build their network?

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.

The Best Way to Make New Friends

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.