Category Archives: Social Media & Psychology

Conversing Without a Smartphone–Is it Possible? And What are the Consequences, If Any?

  There’s an Italian joke, “What do you call an Italian with no arms? Mute. This came to mind the other night when I was talking with a family member and not one minute passed by before he whipped out … Continue reading

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Facebook in Hot Water…Again

Cambridge Analytica, a voter-profiling company  that worked on Trump’s 2016 campaign and its related company, Strategic Communications Laboratories, stole data from over 50 million Facebook users.     As a startup company, Cambridge secured a wealthy Republican donor, Robert Mercer, … Continue reading

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Strava is Contagious–Who Knew? Christakis Was Right About Our Social Networks and Behavior

    In their groundbreaking work on the social contagion associated with health behavior derived from the Framingham Heart Study, Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler found that behaviors of a friend, a friend of a friend, and even a friend … Continue reading

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“What They Don’t Teach You in Business School”–Social Media Outrage

There is a famous formula in chemical industry crisis communications PR.  It’s Risk = Hazard + Outrage.  That was 20 years ago coined by crisis communications expert Peter Sandman.  Every chemical industry PR person knows it by heart.  Now add … Continue reading

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Brands Seek Authenticity in Best Storytelling Award and Hooking Buyer Emotion

A scene from a short film by Carrie Brownstein that was funded by Kenzo is vying for the Tribeca X Award for “telling stories that make people feel warmly about the brand,” says the chief executive of Tribeca Enterprises. In the … Continue reading

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Social Network May Extend Life–Science Backs Monty Python Song, “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”

Monty Python’s Flying Circus changed American humor the way the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” changed rock’n’roll in the U.S.  A British invasion of humor and new music.  The silliness DNA of Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Jones, Graham … Continue reading

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How Far Will You Go to Create Your Desired Social Media Image?

Mashable reports on a Japanese company that offers ‘friends’ for rent. Family Romance markets their service to those looking for people to pose in their social media photos with them. The company notes benefits of increased likes, comments and a … Continue reading

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