Don't Quit the Social Networks You Hate. Bend Them to Your Will

We get it: No one likes Facebook. Twitter is full of trolls. Social networks can be a pain, but they're also great ways to stay in touch with friends and talk to new people. Even so, every few weeks we hear from someone who wants to just "quit" Facebook altogether. Here's why that's a silly idea, and what you can do… » 2/04/15 1:09pm 2/04/15 1:09pm

Why We're So Full Of Ourselves: In Defense of Narcissistic Qualities

There's a huge difference between being a "narcissist" and being self-centered, although you wouldn't know it by how often it's used as an insult. Even so, being a little self-centered isn't just a good thing, it's necessary for our mental health. Sure, there's a line, but let's talk about where that line is, and how… » 11/05/14 3:28pm 11/05/14 3:28pm

Why There's So Much Confusion Over Health and Nutrition

If you believed the internet, you'd think there's huge debate over whether eggs, coffee, or salt are good or bad for you. In reality, there's significant agreement on diet and health issues among experts, but the general public is conflicted. So why are we so confused when experts agree? Let's clear the air. » 5/07/14 2:59pm 5/07/14 2:59pm

Another Day, Another Gender Normative Study About Hetero Couples

When heterosexual couples cooperate well, so a new study suggests, men act like responsive marionettes and women act like emotional puppeteers. That is, men tend to mimic their partner’s mood, while women try to regulate their partner’s emotions because we’re all just trying to appease each other and keep from… » 6/30/13 3:30pm 6/30/13 3:30pm

People Will One Day Communicate Solely in Emotive Animal Pictures

If there's one thing that still sucks about living in a technologically-advanced society in the year 2013, it's the fact that we're all expected to communicate with one another using long strings of words that (ugh) sometimes abide by the rules of grammar. How has technology not eliminated this inconvenience yet? I… » 6/12/13 7:15pm 6/12/13 7:15pm

I Can Lengthen My Words and So Can Youuuuuuu

Sooooo word lengthening is totally a thing now. It used to be that only young people did it in text messages and over IM, but now it's popping up in workplace emails and other more formal settings. This might be hard to deal with, especially if you're particularly attached to the integrity of the English language or… » 2/27/13 7:00pm 2/27/13 7:00pm

Women Speak Drastically Less When They're Surrounded by Dudes. And…

Womanhood is full of frustrating hunches, and society is full of people who want to pooh-pooh those hunches. "I'm pretty sure I'm being treated like shit right now because of my vagina," we women say. "Shut UP, women! Because men get injured in industrial accidents! Therefore, equality reigns!" the pooh-poohers reply.… » 9/19/12 5:00pm 9/19/12 5:00pm

We're All So Busy Texting That We Forgot How to Talk to Each Other

Remember those good old days when we all used to sit around in the parlor and snipe cleverly to each other's faces? Remember when we used to spend hours (and $$) making long-distance calls to our far flung loved ones? Remember when we used to leave each other voicemails? Man, those were the days. But now it is all… » 6/04/12 10:50am 6/04/12 10:50am