Social science is just beginning to understand how Facebook has changed our social lives since it was born ten years ago.
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Three new studies paint a surprisingly complicated picture of the role of mobile devices in our social lives—and suggest steps we can take to make the most of technology.
Articles: Tech’s Best Feature: The Off SwitchBy Tiffany Shlain | June 28, 2013
Our brains crave connection. But sometimes disconnecting from technology is the best way to reconnect with each other, and ourselves.
Facebook is confronting cyberbullying and online conflict. Can a team of researchers help boost kindness among the site's 900 million users?
Articles: What We Google When We Google LoveBy Jeremy Adam Smith | June 19, 2012
Internet searches for positive emotions and behaviors are increasing; searches for negative emotions are staying flat. We don't know why, but we know people are searching for what's good in humanity.
Research Digest Items/Studies: Why Facebook Might Hurt People with Low Self-Esteem
Raising Happiness: Tuesday Tip: UnplugBy Christine Carter | June 7, 2011
One thing you can do today to be happier.
A round-up of recent books on the effects new technologies have on our emotional lives.
Raising Happiness: Borrowing Time for BlissBy Christine Carter | July 11, 2010
Putting time for yourself on the calendar is a little like scheduling sex: Once it’s a task, the joy is sucked right out of it.
Videos and Podcasts: Dacher Keltner on the Science of a Meaningful LifeBy The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley | July 1, 2010
The Greater Good Science Center’s faculty director discusses “the science of a meaningful life”: how to raise compassionate kids, reduce greed and selfishness, and find true happiness.
Raising Happiness: Taking My Own AdviceBy Christine Carter | June 28, 2010
I just disabled the function that allows me to check email on my mobile phone.
Articles: Digital DiplomacyBy Kathy M. Newman | March 1, 2006
In an industry often criticized for promoting sex and violence, a new video game helps users bring peace to the Middle East. But will anyone want to play?
Four new studies reveal how having power affects your willingness to walk in your partner's shoes.
We can feel threatened by another person's stress, says Rick Hanson. So how do you stay open, caring, and brave enough to help them?
Anger is a tool that helps us read and respond to upsetting social situations. But how can you stop it from getting out of hand?
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