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What My Teen Taught Me About Friendship

Mary Novaria | Posted 03.02.2017 | Fifty
Mary Novaria

When my daughter was in high school, she struck up a friendship with a girl on the East Coast -- a friend of a friend -- and they spent hours a day chatting online and texting on their cellphones. I didn't understand how my teen could have such a close bond with someone she hadn't met.

4 Things You Shouldn't Do On Facebook

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 12.28.2015 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

Facebook is a SOCIAL network. Social means interactive. Everything you post on Facebook can evoke a response from friends. And if, after sharing something, you don't think your post is funny, or smart, or relevant, or interesting -- you can delete it. Here's what not to post on Facebook.

When the Death of a Facebook Friend Hits Home in Real Life

Mike Mennonno | Posted 02.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Mike Mennonno

Admittedly, sometimes in-the-flesh encounters are important in establishing a deeper intimacy. But Anita's friendship, one of those "small good things" in my daily life, was very real despite the delivery system, and it makes me think maybe there's room for real friendship in the virtual realm.

Is This Behavior Killing Your Friendships?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.25.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Last week, I had one of those absolutely awful days. In Internet-speak, it was a 'Worst. Day. Ever.' I'll spare you the details, but suffice to say when I got home, I did something unusual: I phoned a friend.

The One Big Downside To Virtual Friends

Ann Brenoff | Posted 08.26.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

I have two sets of friends: There are the brick and mortar ones who I meet for dinner, spend holidays with, and text -- and then there are my virtual friends, who are the people I have gotten to know online and who I frequently feel that I know just as well.

Have Skype, Will Do International Business...

Valerie Berset-Price | Posted 04.15.2012 | Business
Valerie Berset-Price

Unless homo sapiens mutate and our senses become muted, the face-to-face interaction will remain our favorite and most-needed way of building trust with one another. And trust, as we know, is the key ingredient of any long-lasting relationship.

Please Unfriend My Husband

Annette Powers | Posted 12.04.2011 | Divorce
Annette Powers

Why were so many of my friends still friends with my ex? I had wanted them to drop off his friend list suddenly and without warning, the way he had dropped out of our marriage.

Will You Be My "Friend"?

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 10.11.2011 | Home
Shira Hirschman Weiss

Facebook has redefined the word "Friend." According to the site, I have 531 such individuals and that number keeps changing. Should I believe the site when I only speak to three people per week other than family?

Can You Fall in Love With Your Favorite TV Character?

Christine Huang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Christine Huang

New reports reveal a growing subculture of "2-D Lovers": grown adults in Japan that have found romantic love with their favorite characters from anime, manga, and video games.

Netsquared 2009: Making the Virtual Proximal

Allen Gunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Allen Gunn

What the Netsquared conference really bears out is the essential role that live events still play in weaving the fabric of social networks.

The Psychology of Sharing

Scott Lachut | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Scott Lachut

At some point the anonymity of the Internet transformed into a social networking clearinghouse of daily minutiae and most of us opted in. Is this the existential crisis of our modern age?

Balancing Motherhood, Marriage and Friendship: An Interview With Allison Winn Scotch

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

Time of Your Life tells the story of Jillian -- a thirty-something, married, suburban mother -- who suddenly sees her life playing out a different way than it did seven years ago, jumps to fix it, and takes the reader along for the ride

The Friend I Never Met

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

I feel very proud to be part of a writing community that has circled around a woman that many have only met once or twice, or like myself, only know virtually.