Religious life was converting to tech before COVID

The pandemic has made livestreamed worship services the new normal, but research finds an existing and growing role for technology in religious life.

Eric Ferreri-Duke • futurity
Oct. 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 religion mobile-devices featured society-and-culture social-lives

Ideas from others may prevent ‘fixation’ on your first solutions

When solving problems, we tend to rely on things that have worked in the past, which psycholgists call "fixation." Other ideas may get you out of the rut.

Jared Wadley-Michigan • futurity
Oct. 14, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: cognition problem-solving featured society-and-culture social-lives decisions creativity

Social sameness can raise or lower suicide risk

The relationship between social sameness and individual suicide risk is complex, new research indicates.

April Toler-Indiana • futurity
Oct. 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: suicide social-lives health-and-medicine

More popular teens report fewer signs of depression later

Teens with more friends may be less likely to face depression later in their lives, researchers report. The finding is particularly true for women.

Michigan State • futurity
Sept. 29, 2020 ~5 min

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Family experience shapes diabetes management

Watching a family member or neighbor go through type 2 diabetes shapes the way people with diabetes manage their condition, a new study finds.

Brian Consiglio-Missouri • futurity
Sept. 23, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: diabetes families social-lives health-and-medicine blood-sugar

Male baboons with female pals live longer

Having a female bestie gives male baboons a better chance of survival, a new study shows.

Robin Smith-Duke • futurity
Sept. 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: friends science-and-technology social-lives lifespan baboons

‘Sexy mindset’ makes partners seem hotter

Having a "sexy mindset" can make potential partners seem more attractive and reduce fears of rejection, researchers report.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
Sept. 23, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: relationships sex featured science-and-technology society-and-culture social-lives attraction

Too few social media ‘likes’ can amp up teen depression

Getting fewer "likes" on social media can lead to depression and anxiety in young people, a new study shows.

Rachel White-UT Austin • futurity
Sept. 22, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: social-media depression anxiety stress teens society-and-culture social-lives health-and-medicine

COVID-19 stress could boost alcohol abuse risk

Stress ups the risks for alcohol and drug abuse, and difficulty in getting treatment makes coping with addiction even harder during COVID, an expert argues.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
Sept. 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: addiction covid-19 alcohol featured social-lives health-and-medicine

People act less selfishly when somebody’s watching

The more uncertain we are about expectations, the more likely we are to act selfishly, a new study finds. That's key for following COVID-19 guidelines.

Ida Eriksen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
Sept. 16, 2020 ~6 min

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