Research + News | Topic: Relationships

How Are All Those Screens Changing Kids’ Behavior?

Given the amount of time kids are spending — six hours a day for tweens and nine for teens – with entertainment media, reflecting on how our human connections are being altered by our technological connections is of utmost importance. Read 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.

The Surprisingly Depressing Experience of Going Viral

A viral video star writes about what overnight Internet fame taught him about real community, for Relevant Magazine. Read the article here.

These 10 Popular Apps Could Put Teenagers In Serious Danger

There’s plenty of apps on the market teens are using to stay one step ahead of their parents. 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.

Distracted By Technology At Mealtimes – It’s Not Who You May Think

Which generation is distracted most by technology at mealtimes, and which generation eats away from home most frequently? The findings from a recent Nielsen global survey may surprise you.

Read the report here.

“Sexting Is The New Flirting” As Teens Turn to Secretive Apps

CBS This Morning takes a look at what kids are using to hide inappropriate images. Read the full article here.

Social Media Fuels Teen Flirtations – And Insecurity

A new Pew Research Center study, based on a national survey of more than 1,000 teens aged 13 to 17, found that 55 percent have physically flirted with someone or chatted them up to let them know they’re interested. Read the full article here.

Phubbing Is Killing Relationships

Cellphones are not good for romantic relationships, which may lead to higher levels of depression, a new study finds. The researchers coined a term “phubbing,” or phone snubbing to describe the phenomenon. Read the article here.

6 Facts About Teen Romance in the Digital Age

Developing relationships, especially the romantic kind, are a fundamental part of growing up. Social media and mobile technology now permeate the lives of many teens, including their romantic relationships. A new Pew Research Center survey of 13- t0 17-year-olds examines how teens flirt, date and even break up in the digital age.

Read the full article and access the full results of the survey here.