Category Archives: Social media and life online

Repairing friendships that were casualties of the political season

The campaign season was not eternal, after all. Yesterday we inaugurated our president. Finally it ‘s over, and it’s time to shift focus to our intimate world, and to our friendships. How have they fared, while we were preoccupied? Continue reading

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Finding our voices: the sharing of anger, when Limbaugh calls one of us a slut

Politics inspires a lot of quiet private anger. But this week, a tipping point was reached when Rush Limbaugh, conservative radio ideologue known for vitriol, suddenly awakened public outrage, by calling an articulate, thinking young woman, testifying before Congress, a slut. Words have consequences. Who knew. Continue reading

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Solo on Valentine’s Day: We’re fine, thanks. So why are we depressed?

Being solo in a culture designed for couples means you regularly need a sense of humor. In February, when we are barraged with images of rosebuds, twinkly gifts and Valentine spa retreats for couples, the ante is raised. Being solo is ok, right? Continue reading

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Facebook Timeline anxiety: waiting for change we didn’t ask for

Tickety tickety tick. Dateline Tuesday: a quantum change in the Facebook experience called Timeline is about to become mandatory, and it will change your profile. Prepare. Why are we uneasy? Continue reading

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Status update: online counseling is almost normal

Blink, and your edgy, quirky style goes mainstream.  Online counseling, just the other day considered risky and suitable only for the young and tech savvy, is now covered in the New York Times.  The august APA predicts it is about … Continue reading

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Loneliness while reasonably popular: everybody thinks you’re fine

Don’t you just love a good paradox?  We tend to assume that lonely people lack friends and live in a garret; turns out that this is one of those stereotypes that has to go.  Utne Reader published a piece in … Continue reading

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