Essential Reads

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.

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Do You Need a Makeover, or a Makeout?

By Donna Barstow on September 29, 2017 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Are you ready to find your soul mate? Try this.

It's Complicated: Teens, Social Media, and Mental Health

For adolescents, is social media uplifting, depressing or just plain complicated?

Using Big Data to Study Psychology

By Art Markman Ph.D. on September 28, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
There is a lot of discussion about the value of big data for companies. Can big data help science as well?
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5 Ways Online Shaming Can Flourish

By Sue Scheff on September 27, 2017 in Shame Nation
Why do we post things we know can get us in trouble? How we can reduce online shaming in our social media platforms.

What's the Latest with Online Dating?

By Donna Barstow on September 27, 2017 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Finally, someone is rating the raters! Which online dating sites are better than others? Don't be afraid to swipe right to read (and see) more.
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Online Dating with a Disability

Do you know your basic facts about online dating with a disability? Take this True/False quiz.

Are You a Social Media Addict?

By Jennifer Golbeck Ph.D. on September 26, 2017 in Your Online Secrets
Are you addicted to social media or just a frequent user? This short psychological survey can help you find out.
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The Impact of Online Shaming on Young Lives

By Sue Scheff on September 24, 2017 in Shame Nation
Teens are more concerned about online hate and shaming than they are about drugs. They are more likely to turn to their friends for help, rather than their parents.

Should You Friend Your Grown Kids on Facebook?

By Jane Adams Ph.D. on September 22, 2017 in Between the Lines
Facebook has upended the culture, disrupted the boundary between public and private, and changed how generations communicate with and relate to each other.

The Modern Shrinking of Attention Leads to Social Rancor

By Eric Leuthardt M.D. on September 20, 2017 in Mind Blender
Why is the world becoming so polarized?
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Hate Shame: The Emotional Roller Coaster

By Sue Scheff on September 19, 2017 in Shame Nation
With technology, hate speech and online cruelty are magnified. No one escapes the target of the narcissist troll. How can we rebuild empathy online?

Social Media is the End Result Not the Cause

Garage door openers took away the last vestiges of neighborly contact.

"Too Important" or "Too Needy" to Unplug from Technology?

Is it narcissim or a fear of personal irrelevance that leads us to panic when we have to ignore texts or other instant messaging due to where we're at or what we're doing?

What People are Looking at in Your Facebook Profile

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on September 11, 2017 in Love, Digitally
We spend more time looking at Facebook profile photographs of females than males, and more time looking at attractive profile photographs than unattractive ones.

How Internet Postings Are Emotionally Affecting Your Day

By Sue Scheff on September 07, 2017 in Shame Nation
In a recent YouGov study, over a quarter of adults admitted that reading negative online comments can ruin their day, while the majority say "likes" are not important to them.

Facebook Unfriended: A Wake Up Call for Whom?

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D., LMFT on September 05, 2017 in Intersections
Being unfriended presents an opportunity to explore concepts like white fragility, misplaced nostalgia, courage, and authenticity in the FaceBook universe.

Hate Mail as Data

I published an analysis of Trump voters & soon the hate mail started to arrive. Social scientists should look at this as data as an opportunity to study those who reject science.

I Read the News, Therefore I Am (Prejudiced)

Are you really getting the news when you flick and click?

1-on-1 Opposite Sex Friends: A Blind Spot Threat to Marriage

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on August 18, 2017 in Clear Communication
Check your mirrors. Giving up friendship freedom may save your marriage. Here's five tips on how to manage friendships with the opposite sex without compromising your marriage.

Are Friends the Enemies of Wise Choices?

Could your friends be causing you to make bad choices? Avoid this problem with a few tips from this piece.

Buyer Beware: Two New Apps Your Tweens Should Avoid

Two apps that have developed popularity among teens and tweens are raising red flags with law enforcement and others.

Is Your Teen Addicted to Dieting? Try a Social Media Fast

By Joy Jacobs J.D., Ph.D. on August 16, 2017 in One More Bite
Why a social media fast might be an essential tool for eating disorder recovery.

Will Trump's Twitter Feed Have Unexpected Boomerang Effects?

By Christopher Bergland on August 15, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Will President Trump's latest Tweets directed at American CEOs result in unexpected outcomes? The theory of psychological reactance helps to explain some of the dynamics at play.

Sleep and the Social Brain

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Each night key structures of the social brain are deactivated during NREM and then reactivated during REM. Why?

How to Bounce Back from Epic Parenting Fails

Social media has changed the way we talk about parenting failures. And not necessarily for the better.

What Makes Conspiracy Theories so Appealing?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on August 14, 2017 in Media Spotlight
What motivates people to believe in different conspiracy theories and what makes these beliefs so hard to change?

Humor Is Social Media’s Antidote for Fire and Fury News

In the midst of fire and fury political rhetoric, we should be grateful for the jokes and parodies across Twitter. They can make us less anxious.

Your Marriage and Social Media: The Grass Isn't Greener

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in Clear Communication
Do you compare your spouse with others' pictures when you're on social media? You may be inadvertently damaging your marriage. Here's why you need to stop the comparison game.

Be a Superconnector—not a Networker

By Peter Bregman on August 07, 2017 in How We Work
Discover the three ways you can show love in the professional world, the rules for smart giving so you aren't taken advantage of, and how to be a superconnector—not a networker.

Top Networking Tips for the Shy, Awkward, and Introverted

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on August 05, 2017 in Adaptation
Top Networking Tips for the Shy, Awkward, and Introverted