Teenagers develop empathy over time, but those who feel safe and connected with their families may have a head start.
Maasai in Tanzania use their mobile phones all the time – usually to communicate with people they already know. But dialing errors can also breed friendships and business opportunities.
Because any two consenting adults can get married in the US, a platonic marriage could pretty easily be pulled off. Legally speaking, though, it’s a sham.
Researchers consider how friendships that bridge across social class – “cross-class friendships” – contribute to middle school academic achievement differences based on level of parents’ education.
The social restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic have illustrated how important human connections are to health.
Red squirrels are solitary by nature, but research has found that they benefit from familiarity with other squirrels.
Research shows multiple social and cognitive benefits of playing video games.
Robots and humans can be friends – but not in a way that would win Aristotle’s approval.
Checking in and keeping up with our friends is an important part of maintaining relationships. During the pandemic, technology stepped in where face-to-face interactions weren’t possible.
Social relationships are generally good for mental health, but too much social activity can backfire, leading to fatigue and feelings of guilt when there isn’t enough time to nurture relationships.
In the age of masks, improve your interactions by using all aspects of human communication.
A recent Pew survey showed just how deep the divide has become, with about 40% of registered voters saying that they didn’t have a single close friend supporting a different presidential candidate.
It’s worth going out of your way to ensure that kids practice interacting with others and maintain their friendships.
People are turning to quarantine bubbles as a way to see friends and family while limiting the risk from the coronavirus. Research shows that this can work, but it’s not easy to be in a quaranteam.
In some parts of the US, a silver lining of COVID-19 may be a return to childhood friendships based in neighborhoods.
Together the social and emotional ‘jobs’ of adolescence – developing intimate friendships and achieving autonomy – make teens uniquely resistant to calls for social distancing.
Men seem less comfortable celebrating their friendships – to their own detriment.
If you suspect your child – whether they are in early childhood education and care, primary or secondary school – has a questionable friend, here are some tips on how to deal with it.
Parents shouldn’t fear putting tech under the tree. In fact, it could bring families closer together.
Resilience is the ability to bounce back from stressful life events. Teenagers with at least one close friend and strong family relationships are more resilient than teens without such relationships.