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 Wednesday, October 2, 2002

True Selves Revealed Through Online Dating
This article over at MSNBC discusses some recent research about online dating and the nature of online relationships. The important findings:

"In a clever series of experiments McKenna and colleagues showed that individuals meeting for the first time online are more likely to reveal their "true selves" (who they really think they are) rather than their "actual selves" (how they think they should be seen). In addition, people tend to like each other more when they first meet over the Internet, as opposed to face-to-face. Finally, by researching actual Web users, the psychologists found that deep relationships do form over the Internet. When those online relationships are integrated into one's real world social life, they remain stable over time-indeed, often proving more long-lived than relationships formed through face-to-face introductions."

Finally puts to rest all of that nonsense about how online relationships couldn't possible be as "real" or as meaningful as offline relationships or friendships. They can and are.

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 Monday, September 30, 2002

Privacy Problems at Kaiser Hospitals?
Jim Ristrem sent us the following: "I've worked as a computer programmer on medical applications. I've witnessed many failures to protect medical privacy, as well as other problems. I offer an account of some of what I have witnessed." Interesting stuff.

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 Friday, September 27, 2002

A discussion of suicide on Metafilter
One of the community sites I regularly visit, Metafilter, has a great discussion about suicide.

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 Monday, September 23, 2002

Married couples' at risk of same disease
Researchers from the University of Nottingham set out to determine whether people whose marital partners suffered with a certain condition such as depression, high blood pressure or asthma were at increased risk of suffering from the same disease. Over 8,000 married couples aged between 30 and 74 years of age took part in the study. After adjustments were made for age, obesity and smoking status in both partners it was found that the partners of people with asthma, depression and peptic ulcer disease were 70% more likely to suffer from the disease themselves. People with partners suffering from other conditions such as high blood pressure and hyperlipidaemia (excess cholesterol in the blood) were also more likely to suffer from the same conditions as their spouse. (Full study).

Strangely, the researchers didn't ask what I would think would be a relevant and useful question -- "How long have you been married?" and the followup question "How long have you been living together?" It would've been interested to see whether there is a time effect associated with this greater risk, and therefore more generalizable to any two people who live together...

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Monday, September 16, 2002

Gist's Response to Labardee's Reply
Now this is getting interesting... Richard Gist, Ph.D. gives his reply to this response to the original study we published here (Sept 12, 2002), which was a response to the Washington Post story (Sept 5, 2002). Dr. Gist was quoted in the original Washington Post article and wrote an editorial (PDF, free reg. req'd) in The Lancet medical journal accompanying the Dutch study. It is interesting to watch this public conversation develop.

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Sunday, September 15, 2002

A New Look!
We've got a new look here at Psych Central. Hope you like it!

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