social behavior

People who repeatedly encounter a fake news item may feel less and less unethical about sharing it on social media, even when they don’t believe the information, a new study suggests. The findings have important implications for policymakers and social media companies trying to curb the spread of misinformation online. “We suggest that efforts to… Read more

You are more likely to reveal information that you are usually careful about hiding when you are more awake and alert, a new University of Melbourne study suggests[1]. Arousal — the degree to which someone is awake and alert — causes people to say things automatically rather than think things through before speaking, according to… Read more

Imagine you’re a lecturer teaching a celebrated novel that features violent scenes – say, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (1925). It transpires that one of your students has themselves been a victim of violence and now, thanks to your words, they are reliving their trauma. Could you, should you, have done more to protect… Read more

Husbands are the least stressed when their wives earn less than 40 per cent of household income, but they become increasingly uncomfortable as their spouse’s wages rise beyond that point and feel the most stress when they are entirely economically dependent on their partner, new research from the University of Bath shows. “These findings suggest… Read more

Are younger adults who cultivate numerous connections with friends, families, and acquaintances through online social networks any happier than older adults who have smaller circles of face-to-face relationships? The answer may be no, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. Quality social relationships boost well-being and may be as important to people under… Read more