Research + News | Topic: Friendship

In Teens, Strong Friendships May Mitigate Depression Associated With Excessive Video Gaming

Those who play games more than four hours a day may not develop addiction-like problems if they are socially engaged with others. Read the article here.

Teens Are Obsessed With This One Snapchat Score That Can Make Or Break Friendships

Snapstreaks tell you how many consecutive days you’ve chatted with someone on Snapchat. For many teenagers, it’s a way of quantifying friendships. Read the article here.

Teen Makes ‘Sit With Us’ App That Helps Students Find Lunch Buddies

“Sit With Us” helps students who have difficulty finding a place to sit locate a welcoming group in the lunchroom. Read the article here.

Teen Cyberbullies More Apt To Be Friends Than Strangers

Cyberbullying among teens is highly likely to involve current or former friends and dating partners, a new study finds. Read the article here.

Teenage Brain on Social Media

The same brain circuits that are activated by eating chocolate and winning money are activated when teenagers see large numbers of ‘Likes’ on their own photos. Read the article here.

25% of Kids Sexually Harassed Online (By Friends!)

Michigan State criminal justice professor Thomas J. Holt, found that about one in four children said they were pressured by their friends online to talk about sex when they didn’t want to. Read the rest of the article here.

If You Have More Than 200 Friends Online, You’re Totally Fake

A new study by researchers at the University of Oxford suggests that social media – despite its apparent efficiency in enabling us to communicate with large groups of people – can’t overcome our basic psychosocial wiring, which limits us to relationships with roughly 150-200 individuals. Read the article here.

6 Ways Social Media Is Ruining Our Friendships

Don’t let digital interactions replace real-life intimacy. Read the article here.