Impulse to troll links overuse of Facebook and Snapchat

New research investigates the social rewards and personality traits that drive people's problematic use of Facebook and Snapchat.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
July 21, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: social-media facebook personality society-and-culture

Personality can predict who's a rule-follower and who flouts COVID-19 social distancing guidelines

Psychologists call these traits the 'Big Five': openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness and neuroticism. A researcher suggests your profile implies your response to social distancing.

James M. Honeycutt, Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies at Louisiana State University; Lecturer in Executive Education, University of Texas at Dallas • conversation
July 15, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus psychology social-distancing face-masks personality masks narcissism psychopathy mask-wearing openness big-five psychopath dark-triad neuroticism agreeableness personality-traits conscientiousness extraverts social-distancing-guidelines

Your top 3 ideal qualities in a partner aren’t so unique

"...we want partners who have positive qualities, but the qualities you specifically list do not actually have special predictive power for you."

Karen Nikos-UC Davis • futurity
July 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: internet personality relationships society-and-culture

Anxious people tend to really love their cats

Cats and anxiety go well together, according to new research on trust and affection for feline friends.

Amy Quinton-UC Davis • futurity
June 15, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: depression anxiety pets emotions cats personality health-and-medicine

The places you go (or don’t) can change your personality

Where you spend time may shape who you are, new research shows, and spending so much time at home during the pandemic may shift your personality traits.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
June 11, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 personality society-and-culture social-lives

How people react to the threat of disease could mean COVID-19 is reshaping personalities

Human psychology has evolved to avoid situations that could lead to infection. Behavioral choices now could have long-term effects on how people interact with others and the world.

Vivian Zayas, Associate Professor of Psychology, Cornell University • conversation
May 4, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: infectious-diseases covid-19 coronavirus immune-system psychology sars-cov-2 disease anthony-fauci infection pathogens germs personality diseases disgust pathogen health-behaviors behavior

Your personality shapes how music affects your focus

Whether music will fuel or distract you depends on the type of song, your personality, and what you're doing, particularly if you're working from home.

Megan Schumann-Rutgers • futurity
April 23, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: attention music jobs personality society-and-culture

Introverts aren’t actually better at social distancing

Despite what some say about introverts and social distancing, staying home alone isn't easier for them. In fact, in some ways, extroverts may have the edge.

Alexis Blue-U. Arizona • futurity
March 30, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 emotions personality social-lives health-and-medicine introverts

Happiness: is feeling content more important than purpose and goals?

There are many ways to be happy, but we can also find comfort in the knowledge that our constant dissatisfaction is what makes us human.

Rafael Euba, Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Old Age Psychiatry, King's College London • conversation
March 5, 2020 ~13 min

Tags:  psychology  goals  lifes-big-questions  happiness  personality

To cut your dementia risk, grow old with an optimist?

An optimistic partner may stave off the risk factors leading to Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and cognitive decline as you grow old together.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
Feb. 11, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: cognition aging optimism personality relationships couples featured health-and-medicine love

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