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The Key To A Non-Depressing Facebook Experience? Stop Lurking.

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Within the past couple years, numerous studies have claimed Facebook is hazardous to our mental health and ruining our self-esteem. There have also been numerous studies that claim the opposite: Facebook is making our lives rich and full and positive and improving our relationships. The New Yorker recently posted a fascinating synopsis of the confusing, contradictory body of research surrounding the social media behemoth, and discovered that whether Facebook makes you happy or sad depends on how you use it. If you’re logging on to actively interact with friends (commenting, messaging, sharing posts, etc.), the site can genuinely enhance your life and make you feel more connected to people (bombshell, right?). If, however, you’re using Facebook the way many of us do, and just passively scrolling through photos and status updates while grumbling under your breath that everyone’s life is better than yours, well, you’re not going to feel very good about yourself. The moral of this story? If you want to have a fulfilling Facebook experience, stop lurking and start engaging. [NPR] [Photo of Facebook logo via Shutterstock]

How To Tell If He’s A Selfish Bastard Just By Looking At His Face

This just in: a bit of science that will save you hours of scrolling through online profiles. A new paper published at University of California, Riverside found, in a series of four studies, that not only are men with higher facial width-to-height ratio (wider faces) more aggressive, less trustworthy and more prone to lying and cheating, but also — added bonus!– that their selfishness will rub off on you when you’re around them. Now that you know this, you might want to  go ahead and add those wide-faced fellows to your do not date/work with/befriend list. Or take your chances and watch your morals constitution circle the drain. Your call.  Now they just need to do a study to find out how facial structure predicts annoyingness, cheapness, commitment issues and crapiness in bed. [Science Daily]

Bright Girls Have Big Confidence Problems — And Here’s Why

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When I was in sixth grade, I’d advanced far enough along in my math studies to be in pre-Algebra. I went to magnet school in Fort Worth, Texas, with a bunch of other smart kids who had tested into the advanced program, but when I walked into Mr. Zoromski’s math class, I felt suddenly out of my league. English and drama classes, even life sciences made sense, but math didn’t.

But instead of powering through, I found a smart boy in my class and had him help me. When I say “help,” I mean he practically did my homework every day. Where I’d previously been super keen on learning everything, that sixth grade year, I decided math wasn’t for me. That, in the words of Teen Talk Barbie, “math class is tough.”

And it may have something to do with the way my smart girl-ness was socialized. Keep reading »

Study: North & South Are Increasingly Polarized Over Abortion

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  • Support for legal abortion has dropped in the South yet increased in New England over the past eight years, according to the findings in a new Pew Research Center poll. [PewResearch.org]
  • Due to the Texas constitution’s definition of marriage, the Texas National Guard is refusing to process same-sex benefits requests. Today is the first day that gays and lesbians in the U.S. military can apply for benefits for their partners. [CBS News]
  • Journalist Lindsay Beyerstein unpacks Sweetening The Pill: Or How We Got Hooked On Hormonal Birth Control by Holly Griff-Spall, a new book that argues the birth control pill is dangerous. [Slate] Keep reading »

Study Says Haters Gonna Hate No Matter What

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Haters aren’t just gonna hate, they have to hate according to new research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The study looked at people’s “dispositional attitudes,” which are not simply a function of the thing someone’s evaluating, but rather an indication of the person evaluating them. Put in simpler terms, it’s the idea that the person who hates math may hate math, but tends to have a negative outlook on everything from algebra to your Instagram feed. You know that person. Or maybe you are that person. No judgement … I might be, too. Keep reading »

Study Says Women Are Happiest With Their Naked Bodies At Age 34

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The morning of November 16th, I am going to wake up, strip off my pajamas, stand in front of the full-length mirror and bask in the glory of my own body. That is because I turn 34 on November 16, marking the first day of the year on earth in which I will be most delighted with the way my naked body looks. That’s according to a study by a UK-based skin and body care firm that says women are happiest with the way they look in the buff at age 34. I have to say, at three months shy of this gloriously self-assured birthday year, I’m feeling pretty damn good about my bod. The study posits that women feel most satisfied with their naked physiques at 34 because by that age many of us have figured out the best diet and exercise to suit our lives and body types. This is certainly true for me — this year, I’ve been far more invested in finding a fitness routine that interests me and have been eating healthier. Simply feeling better has made me look at my body with a new appreciation. Keep reading »

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