The meaning and qualities of friendship offline and online

The worst thing Marc Zuckerberg ever did is calling connections on Facebook ‘friends’, but still that doesn’t mean friendship doesn’t exist online or doesn’t mean a thing. Many parents worry about how much time teenagers spend texting, sharing selfies and engaging in other online activities with their friends. However, according to a recent research synthesis, many… Read More The meaning and qualities of friendship offline and online

New study confirms: cyberbullying rarely occurs in isolation

It’s something I’ve known from other studies, but this new research from the University of Warwick, published in European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, confirms it: cyberbullying is mostly an extension of playground bullying — and doesn’t create large numbers of new victims. In short: Cyberbullying doesn’t create large numbers of new victims Most bullying is… Read More New study confirms: cyberbullying rarely occurs in isolation

How a selfie can make you feel happier (study)

To many people selfies are sign of the present narcissism. And pictures like this don’t help it: Hoe de media in korte tijd is verandert #politiek #media #selfie #clinton (fotocredits: @barb_kinney) pic.twitter.com/goAtlmauT0 — Marco Derksen (@marcoderksen) September 26, 2016 But this new study does give some consolation: regularly snapping selfies with your smartphone and sharing photos with… Read More How a selfie can make you feel happier (study)

Study in Finland shows link between school burnout and excessive internet use

When I first read the title of the press release, some alarm bells started ringing. First: the concept of school burnout seemed invented, but a search proved me wrong. Still, it’s kind of a relatively “newish” concept. Secondly: internet addiction is often used as concept, but too often without a real – read clinical –… Read More Study in Finland shows link between school burnout and excessive internet use