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Kids and Technology: Can We Ever Really Keep Up?

Diana Graber | Posted 08.14.2014 | Parents
Diana Graber

There is still one realm where we are ahead of our kids, and that's in "life skills," which are sorely needed--believe it or not--in digital spaces. These life skills include things like kindness, respect, and thoughtfulness, and they're considered skills because in the old days, we actually learned them by observing the behavior of the adults around us.

The Bullying Epidemic and Ways to Counter It

Max Benavidez | Posted 08.12.2014 | Education
Max Benavidez

To stop and end bullying really means setting social norms and sticking to them and making sure there are real consequences for bad behavior. It requires focus and persistence, but change occurs one step at a time.

The Great ASU Social Hair Experiment

Jay Lickus | Posted 09.09.2014 | Fifty
Jay Lickus

Baby Boomers, do you agree that our generation has always been at the forefront of cultural trends?

Yagana Shah

9 Everyday Things That Used To Be Totally Taboo

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 07.13.2014 | Fifty

Many of the freedoms we take for granted today weren't enjoyed by generations before us, believe it or not. And we're not just talking about the big t...

Behavioral Economics, Social Norms, Excessive Drinking and Why Everyone Wants to Be a 'Face in the Crowd'

Adam Winstock | Posted 06.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Adam Winstock

Many smokers will say, "of course smoking kills -- other people, not me. I've got good genes." Holding this dangerous, usually inaccurate perception means we are less likely to put things in place to reduce our risk of harm.

Unconscious Lessons Call for Mindful Education

Suna Senman | Posted 05.11.2014 | Impact
Suna Senman

We need to evoke mindfulness in what we think, see and do; or else pass the craziness of our current world onto our children.

Is There an App for Saying Hi?

Becca Atkinson | Posted 05.03.2014 | College
Becca Atkinson

People are always telling our generation that our main problem is that we grew up with technology and now don't know how to talk to each other. While I hate how holier-than-thou these statements are, these Gen-Y haters are on to something.

In Defense of the "M" Word

Abree Murch | Posted 03.08.2014 | College
Abree Murch

There seems to be a growing social undercurrent, particularly for young females, to resist marriage as an old-fashioned institution and focus instead on building a successful career. My question is this: why can't you have both?

You Are What Your Friends Eat

Alison Spiegel | Posted 12.30.2013 | Healthy Living

Why do people eat the way they do? Food choices are based on many factors, and a new study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics ex...

A Funeral for Online Appropriateness

Christina Gagnier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

This is the funeral for online appropriateness. The point where literally nothing is sacred, even those moments where we can agree as a society regardless of how you process or recognize death, it is not acceptable.

Why My Husband Took My Last Name

Monique Valcour | Posted 01.23.2014 | Weddings
Monique Valcour

Some social norms and conventions help us along the pathway to happiness, while others are roadblocks.

Be Who You Are, No Matter What Anyone Else Thinks

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 11.27.2013 | Parents
Cheryl Dumesnil

What I'm seeing in my youngest son is both sad and predictable: His growing consciousness of social rules is turning into a growing self-consciousness, and I wish I could stop it. I know I can't, but at least maybe I can give them some tools to help.

Modern Grandma

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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What We Talk About When We (Don't) Talk About Race

Stuart Connelly | Posted 04.23.2013 | Entertainment
Stuart Connelly

I've just finished shooting my first feature film, The Suspect, a psychological thriller designed to entertain the audience -- but I fully understand that it owes its very existence to the ongoing problem of race relations in America.

Eat Healthy! Everybody's Doing It!

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 04.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

What do you think is going to lead more students to the salad bar: telling them that most of their friends eat salad, or stating that eating salad is good for you?

Not-So-Common Courtesy

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 03.12.2013 | Women
SidneyAnne Stone

We have started to accept the unacceptable as the norm. Whether it is our politicians, our doctors, our pharmacists or even our neighbors, when did it become OK to do whatever you want and expect it be tolerated?

The All-New American Family

Marian Salzman | Posted 06.30.2012 | Home
Marian Salzman

The American family's structure is no longer a perfect slice of apple pie. We've got nests that are no longer empty as jobless millennials move back in with mom and dad and redefine our latest obsession with what it means to be "occupied."

Subtle Reason Creepy People Give Us Chills

| Daniel Strain | Posted 04.24.2012 | Science

From the moment he steps onscreen in the 1960 thriller Psycho, Norman Bates gives audiences the goosebumps. The hotel manager-turned-serial killer j...

Bring Back the Busy Signal

Jeff Jarvis | Posted 03.13.2012 | Technology
Jeff Jarvis

Email and communication are badly broken and the solution isn't so much new technology as new norms. We need to redefine "rude."

The Science of Seinfeld

Sam Sommers | Posted 02.11.2012 | Entertainment
Sam Sommers

Far from a "show about nothing," Seinfeld was actually an analysis of the ins and outs of daily human interaction-of the mundane social experiences previously not deemed worthy of exploration in front of a mass audience.

Lifting the Veil of Secrecy: Stopping Sexual Abuse in Sports and Every Institution

Larry_Cohen | Posted 02.05.2012 | Sports
Larry_Cohen

It's not just colleges, or sports, or the Catholic Church. To make sure that parents and children are not afraid, we need to reconsider and reconfigure the norms in every institution that they participate in.

'Tis the Season to Notice Situations

Sam Sommers | Posted 01.30.2012 | Books
Sam Sommers

While we tend to view ourselves and others around us in terms of predictably consistent personality types, time and time again behavioral science demonstrates that how we think and what we do varies dramatically by simple situational considerations like where we are.

Cause Marketing That Moves

Andrea Learned | Posted 02.21.2012 | Green
Andrea Learned

Given how many societal and environmental ills there are to worry about today, it's exciting to think that the creative collaboration could inspire attitude adjustments that might just lead to longer term behavioral shifts.

Unmasking Halloween and the Power of Anonymity

Sam Sommers | Posted 12.29.2011 | Parents
Sam Sommers

While there may be a variety of reasons why Halloween has come to be a time of pranks, mischief, and even more serious forms of misbehavior, disguise certainly plays a major role.

It's Not the XX Factor -- It's the Relationship That Matters

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 11.26.2011 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

From the long view, the debates over proper gender roles in families fade. It is our relationships that matter.