What's So Bad About Facebook Editing Our Feeds?

The internet has been ablaze the past few days with commentary on Facebook’s non-consensual “mood manipulation” research. You can read the paper based upon the study here. It has been critiqued by many, including Violet Blue, who writes in Facebook: Unethical, Untrustworthy, and now Downright Harmful, about the choice to tamper with 689,003 people’s emotional well-being, but … Continued

When Psychotherapists Digitally Eavesdrop on Social Media

This post was first published on PsychCentral. Mental health professionals have worried for years about their clients digging for personal information about them on the Internet. But what about when psychotherapists consult Google to unearth personal information about their clients? Do psychotherapists carry the same concerns for client privacy that they do for their own? … Continued

May 20th Bay Area 3 Hour CE in Digital and Social Media Ethics

Bay Area locals, I will be offering a 3 hour CE on Sunday, May 20th from 1-4pm with Santa Clara County Psychological Association. I’d love to see you there! Register here. SFPA Members get member rates! Digital and Social Media Ethics for Psychologists May 20, 2012 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Registration at 12:30 3 CE hours … Continued

Six Tips for Avoiding Injury to Self and Others on the Internet

Ah the Internet. It gives so much to us in terms of support, connection, and the ability to obtain and absorb information. And then, in an instant, it can also take so much away: feelings of pain, jealousy, feeling left out, or trying to interpret messages from pixels on the screen. The Internet makes it … Continued

Mental Health For Geeks

In 2009, I did a presentation at SXSW called Therapy 2.0: Mental Health for Geeks, even creating a corresponding wiki with resources. A month later, I spoke at the first Mental Health Camp for bloggers in Vancouver on the intersection of social media and mental health. Looking back, it seems ironic that I haven’t written … Continued