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Is Instagram "deep liking" the new Facebook flirting?

It's no big surprise then that feverish conversation about how romance plays out on Facebook, with earnest analyses on the significance of poking (just don't.), friending and relationship status-updating, has started to shift to other hipper social platforms. Over at Elle, for instance, Anna Deutsch proposed that Instagram flirting is the new new, and that hip guys forgo Facebook friending to instead scroll through women's personal photo collections and "deep like" as a sign of their affection -- or at the very least sexual intention...

Lean In + SMNTY: The Workplace Fear Factor

In 1978, Oberlin psychologists Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes coined the term "impostor syndrome" to describe an underlying feeling of being a fraud that often results in undercutting one's accomplishments. In part two of our four-part series on Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In," Caroline and I unpack the imposter syndrome in the workplace and explore how to banish that fear because it seems to particularly affect successful women. Sandberg writes that she first heard about imposter syndrome while attending a speech called "Feeling Like a Fraud" by Dr. Peggy McIntosh from the Wellesley Centers for Women, and she later told Salon, "I believe that had I not heard that speech, I would not have the job that I have."

Lean In + SMNTY: How to Negotiate Like a Woman

Way back when in 2009, one of the early episodes of Stuff Mom Never Told You on the topic of women and negotiation struck a major chord with me. The gist of it was dismal: working women don't negotiate their salaries nearly as much or as aggressively as men do, and I was one of those working women. Up until that point, I hadn't done a good job negotiating for myself, and even though I relatively fresh out of college, it was a stinging realization because it felt like I was already off on the wrong foot -- or at least the lower-earning foot...

Facebook Poll: Are Catcalls Compliments? It Depends...

In recent years, organizations such as Hollaback! have launched campaigns to stop this female-targeted street harassment and educate men about why these public displays of attraction/lust/leering can make women uncomfortable and potential endanger us physically. But the results of our informal Facebook poll also indicate that not all catcalls are created and received equally.

Fact: Facebook Is the Worst Thing to Happen to Women, Ever

Mark Zuckerberg probably had no idea that the social media juggernaut he created would one day be the stage on which countless women's gender-specific insecurity and anxiety would play out for researchers to pick apart and analyze. In 2011 alone, Facebook research (in academic and non-academic settings) has concluded the following...

Who Has a Facebook Relationship Status and Why: A Casual Case Study

When I started by Facebook account, I was freshly out of a relationship, so I filled in "single" in the relationship status field. A few minutes later, I decided I didn't want any status whatsoever. So I removed it. Then Facebook alerted my fledgling group of friends that "Cristen Conger is no longer single."

Status Update: Facebook Is Stressing You Out!

Yesterday, I had a red letter day for a number of reasons. At one point, I found myself practically bouncing up and down in my office chair with glee, trying to think of the best way to broadcast my A-plus fantastic mood to the rest of the world via Facebook. Why would anyone care that I had a chocolate cupcake kind of day? I don't know. But after agonizing over how to communicate all of this, I finally gave up and decided to keep my good fortune to myself. I was suffering, apparently, from Facebook-related anxiety.