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2009-03-04 08:15:00

In the mid-90s, the Internet seemed like a dark place. Indeed, scientific studies from that time were documenting some real risks for teenagers, including fewer close friendships and more tenuous connections with family. It appeared that teens were sacrificing real relationships for superficial cyber-relationships with total strangers.Is this still true? Social scientists are revisiting those early concerns, and some are coming to believe that the psychological benefits may now outweigh the...

2009-02-12 09:14:06

Women have traditionally been viewed as being more social and cooperative than men. However, there is recent evidence that this may not be the case. In fact, studies have shown that men maintain larger social networks with other males compared to women and tend to have longer lasting friendships with members of the same-sex than do women. Psychologist Joyce F. Benenson from Emmanuel College, along with her colleagues from Harvard University and the Universite du Quebec a Montreal wanted to...

2008-12-22 07:00:00

NORA, Sweden, December 22 /PRNewswire/ -- An international book project initiated by Norwegian charity, Echo 2012 aiming at portraying children's views on friendship has been launched under the auspices of Swedish publishing group, Bombadil Publishing. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081222/332507 ) Children from 27 countries are joining together in a unique project to write and illustrate to the theme of "What does a friend do?" The book, which will be translated...

2008-09-25 21:00:25

By Jessica Yadegaran As a relationship writer, I have to hear it all the time. Men don't bond with each other the same way women do. They don't like talking about their feelings. I hear this, naturally, from therapists paid to pull these feelings out of men, from couples -- and even from dudes themselves. But I think we're in a touchy-feely renaissance. My boyfriend spends hours on the phone helping his buddy analyze a relationship. And I'm pretty sure my dad has a man crush on Barack...

2008-08-29 03:00:50

People tend to be more sympathetic to people suffering from the same misfortune as a friend, U.S. researchers said. However, friendship with a victim does not make people generally more sympathetic, said study authors Deborah A. Small and Uri Simonsohn, both of the University of Pennsylvania. "The sympathy inherent to a close relationship with a victim extends to other victims, leading benefactors to prefer charities that help those suffering from the misfortunes that have affected their...

2008-08-26 12:01:27

A University of Michigan study finds you really can work things out with your college dorm roommates if you try. Research by psychologists Jennifer Crocker and Amy Canevello at the U-M Institute for Social Research and published in the September 2008 issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology concludes trying to be supportive can bring benefits to both sides. "Roommate relationships can be really good or they can be really bad. And the fear is that they'll go from bad to...

2008-08-14 18:00:12

By SALISBURY, Robyn Maintaining a relationship is about give and take. -------------- ------ In the relationship section of your local book shops you will find numerous sources of advice on "how to keep your love alive." It's also likely there will be as many different approaches as there are authors. Some suggest you learn to communicate better; some guide you on how to argue, while others will help you to avoid arguments. Others will be clear about the importance of developing one's...

2008-07-16 03:00:26

By Jones, L Gregory WITH ONE CHILD in college and two teenagers at home, I learned vicariously about "being friended" and "facebooking." My kids didn't want me to join Facebook, but relented when I told them that our seminary students were forming groups on Facebook and inviting me to participate. I entered a new universe. Little did I know how often I would be friended, or how fun it would be to discover "friend requests" in my Status Update section. I'm still a novice, but I have 181...

2006-06-23 14:03:55

By Amanda Beck WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans are more socially isolated than they were 20 years ago, separated by work, commuting and the single life, researchers reported on Friday. Nearly a quarter of people surveyed said they had "zero" close friends with whom to discuss personal matters. More than 50 percent named two or fewer confidants, most often immediate family members, the researchers said. "This is a big social change, and it indicates something that's not good for our...

2006-06-23 14:00:00

By Amanda Beck WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans are more socially isolated than they were 20 years ago, separated by work, commuting and the single life, researchers reported on Friday. Nearly a quarter of people surveyed said they had "zero" close friends with whom to discuss personal matters. More than 50 percent named two or fewer confidants, most often immediate family members, the researchers said. "This is a big social change, and it indicates something that's not good for our society,"...