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How we connect and thrive through emerging technologies.
Pamela B. Rutledge Ph.D., M.B.A.
Why are so many people mourning the death of Bob Saget? Parasocial relationships describe the emotional connection we experience with loved characters and celebrities.
The Omicron variant has unleashed a rash of doomscrolling. Understanding the psychology of the urge to check can help you know when it’s time to log off.
Is there tech on your kid's holiday wish list? How can you tell what tech matches your kid's maturity?
Every technology can intentionally or accidentally satisfy the psychological needs that support wellbeing. Does that explain the popularity of Peloton?
"Squid Game" examines the extremes of social disparity and encapsulates the powerlessness, frustration, and injustice of the pandemic.
Trauma dumping is alive and well on social media, but dumping is the same as venting. Learning new coping skills can protect friendships and improve mental health.
True crime is appealing, but empathy, parasocial attachment, and opportunism are driving social media fixation on the Gabby Petito tragedy.
Zoom grew by 2,000% during the early months of the COVID lockdown. So did our preoccupation with how we look.
Period dramas can be a form of “self-care" and you don’t have to be a fan to reap the psychological benefits.
Many are suffering from the negative emotional effects of prolonged stress due to COVID. Zoom isn't helping. It amplifyiies self-consciousness and can undermine self-esteem
Instagram for Kids may never materialize because no kids want to use something “designed for kids,” but the real Instagram issues are more than a “kid-friendlier” app can fix.
After a year of isolation spent on Zoom, people are flocking to Clubhouse, an audio-only app for drop-in conversations. What's the psychology of its appeal?
Jen Shah, a member of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, isn’t the first reality TV star to get busted for fraud. She likely won’t be the last.
Social media celebrity has its perks. In cancel culture, however, the cost of behaving badly is immediate.
Cancel culture has moved from celebrities to classmates. Is this how we want kids to deal with conflicts with each other?
Sadfishing is posting emotional or dramatic content to gain sympathy or attention. How do you know when someone is sadfishing and when their distress is real?
Fun, dumb, or dangerous? TikTok challenges may have appeal because they offer connection and belonging.
Intentionally slow videos stand in contrast to the warp-speed pacing of most social media. They can feel therapeutic because they focus your attention on the moment.
We are offloading our responsibilities as citizens and parents by expecting social platforms to identify and remove misinformation or inciting and abusive content. Here's why.
Turning to entertainment for comfort and escape might be more important than ever during COVID. Why do holiday movies make us so happy?
Want to overcome the COVID holiday challenge of creating meaningful social connections while distancing? These eight steps show you how to use technology as must-have survival gear.
Video conferencing is skyrocketing thanks to COVID. Now we have a new form of burnout: Zoom fatigue. There are good reasons why. Are there solutions?
Kids of politicians are making news by speaking up to discourage voters from supporting their parents. Typical teenage rebellion? That’s far too simplistic.
Continually checking your cellphone, scrolling through news stories, or having news cycle fatigue? You can take steps to keep your stress in check.
"The Social Dilemma" is disturbing, in part because it uses many of the same persuasive techniques vilified in the documentary to tell its story.
Political polarization increases attention to political affiliation on dating apps. Before you swipe left, remember that labels do not always predict beliefs or values.
Are our attention spans totally spent to the point where watching a whole hour of TV is impossible? Or are half-hour shows just more binge-worthy?
An online symposium has the same benefits as online education: wider reach, easier access, and richer, more diverse content.
Narratives reveal core values. There is no "changing the other guy's mind" when the fundamental worldview is so different, such as over face masks and social distancing.
Our instinctive need for safety makes us vulnerable to narratives that provide easy answers.
Pamela Rutledge, Ph.D., M.B.A., is the Director of the Media Psychology Research Center and a professor of media psychology at Fielding Graduate University.
Using technology to communicate, connect and flourish in a transmedia world