After rejection, your brain subtly helps you make friends

Immediately after we've been shunned, a new study shows our brains engage a subtle mechanism that alters our sense of whether other people are making eye contact with us, so that we think it more likely that they are looking our way.

Jan 14

Categories: Friendships, Relationships & Marriage, Social Isolation

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Social Media, Loneliness, and Anxiety in Young People

Is there a role for social media in perpetuating anxiety through feelings of disconnection and loneliness? At first glance, social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter seem to be a modern means of facilitating our connectedness with others, ...

Dec 16

Categories: Addictions, Social Anxiety / Phobia, Social Isolation

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Researchers Confront an Epidemic of Loneliness

The woman on the other end of the phone spoke lightheartedly of spring and of her 81st birthday the previous week. "Who did you celebrate with, Beryl?" asked Alison, whose job was to offer a kind ear. "No one, I…" And with that, Beryl’s cheer ...

Sep 19

Categories: Social Isolation

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What Loneliness Is Doing To Your Heart

You may have heard that loneliness is hazardous to your health - and can even lead to an early death. Now, an analysis of 23 scientific studies gives us numbers that reveal just how sick it can really make you. People with "poor social ...

Jul 18

Categories: Social Isolation

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The wealthier you get, the less social you are

Rich Americans aren't only getting richer. They're becoming more isolated from the rest of America, too. Rich Americans spend less time socializing with their family and neighbors - although they do spend more time socializing with friends. The ...

May 11

Categories: Social Isolation

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Understanding And Overcoming Loneliness

Many lonely people wish they had social plans or a bigger network of friends to call upon. But sometimes, even when they do, they avoid contact. And this can lead to a downward spiral of more loneliness.

Oct 1

Categories: Social Anxiety / Phobia, Social Isolation

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Is it social pressure or human nature that we conform?

We copy other’s action, we copy other’s words, … Is this all in human nature? Solomon Asch propose that we conform to the norm and deny evidence of our own senses.

May 8

Categories: Other, Social Isolation

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Loneliness makes one hungrier

Loneliness could lead to adverse effects on your health. A new study looks at the possibility that loneliness causes one to feel hungrier than normal, which increases their food intake and put them at risk of obesity.

May 2

Categories: Social Isolation

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Use of Facebook Linked to Depression

More often than not, we find ourselves scrolling through one’s feeds. Comparing ourselves with them. This has been found to link to depressive symptoms. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter are all forms of social network that allows to connect with ...

Apr 11

Categories: Social Isolation

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Does loneliness affect life span?

Not exercising, being obese, smoking and abusing drugs are among the factors known to shorten people's life spans. Might being lonely or socially isolated have a similar effect?

Apr 9

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues, Social Isolation

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Textbook coverage of study increasingly biased

Asch’s studies is commonly known as a conformity experiment, however Asch’s studies arguably showed the power of one’s independence when faced with misguided majority. It has been found that most coverage of Asch’s work has grown ...

Mar 27

Categories: Other, Social Isolation

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Too much "alone time" may shorten your life

Some people thrive on "alone time," and seem perfectly happy flying solo at the movies, restaurants and on vacation when the rest of the world couldn't imagine doing these things without a partner, spouse or friends. But new research finds that ...

Mar 25

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues, Social Anxiety / Phobia, Social ...

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Cheating to be popular amongst others

In the pursuit of being the popular kid along with your team-mates, would you sabotage your rivals, would you cheat?

Mar 6

Categories: Social Isolation

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The psychology of Facebook, digested

With over a billion users, Facebook is changing the social life of our species. Cultural commentators ponder the effects. Is it bringing us together or tearing us apart?

Jan 20

Categories: Social Isolation

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The Personality Trait Linked To The Strongest Immune System

Outgoing or introverted? Which personality types are best at fighting off infection?

Dec 19

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Social Isolation

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