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Why are we so Addicted to Facebook? A Behavioural Psychology Perspective

Social media is addictive, there is no doubt about that. In 2016 it was reported that the average person spends 1 hour and 49 minutes per DAY browsing social network sites. The usual suspects are the likes of Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, but it is clear that Facebook is the network that we just can’t get enough of.

Globally, Facebook is the most popular network site. It has a higher rate of active users than any other site, with 55% of Facebook users logging on more than once a day! And if you were to ask me how often I’m guilty of checking my Facebook account, it is defiantly more than I’d like to think about. But hey, its how I like to fill my time when I have a bored few minutes to myself and how I like to nosy at what the people I met in high school are up to nowadays keep in contact with friends. It almost seems like everyone claims to have a ‘casual addiction’ to the site.

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How to teach your child with autism using child-led play

Because nobody likes to learn everything at a desk! And nobody should have to, especially when learning skills in a variety of contexts can be very beneficial for learning.

According to a classic psychology experiment, you are more likely to remember new information if you are tested in the place where you learned the material. So scuba divers who were taught information on land recalled the info better when they were tested again on dry land and the divers who were taught under water recalled the info more accurately when tested under the deep blue sea.

Now if you relate this back to teaching your child, if you only teach them things at the table, then the chances are that they will be less likely to perform this skill in other contexts.

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How to stop scrolling your life away using one easy trick

We spend a lot of time on the internet. Fact. And as I mentioned in this post, social media sites such as Facebook have some pretty addictive qualities.

There was a time back at university when I was incredibly frustrated with the amount of time that I was wasting. I could have been productive but instead I was watching music videos and reading whimsical fashion blogs.

But what can you do when the internet changes from a harmless way to pass the time into a serious habit that is inhibiting your life?

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What is Reinforcement? Your ultimate guide!

You’ll hear the term “reinforcement” used a lot in this blog and with good reason too. It’s one of the most interesting and important concepts to come out of behaviour analysis (the science of understanding behaviour). And its something that’s shaping how you behave on a daily basis! But myths and common misconceptions have lead to a lot of confusion as to what reinforcement actually is. So this is going to be my guide to explaining what reinforcement means, what the two types of reinforcement are and what the differences between them is. Happy reading!

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My Ukulele Challenge: How I motivated myself to play more often

Behaviour change projects often focus on the same things. Losing weight, quitting smoking, being more productive etc. I guess this is because these are the things that people battle with the most. But you get tired of reading about the same things. Doesn’t anybody have something a bit different that they want to change about themselves? So I thought that I would mix things up a bit and tell you how I stopped letting my beloved ukulele collect dust (using behaviour analysis)!

To hear more about how i did it, continue reading after the jump!

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Self-monitoring: a simple and powerful way to break bad habits

Hopefully you have read part 1 in this series and you have managed to pin down what is maintaining your bad habit. Now that you know your enemy a little more, I can share a strategy with you to help kick that habit!

Self-monitoring is the act of keeping a daily record of a specific behavour that you want to change about yourself.  It’s a easy three step process that has a good success rate of breaking stubborn bad habits.

Let’s get started!

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Breaking a bad habit? There’s one thing you should know first

Bad habits. They’re those stubborn patterns of behaviour that you’ve started to engage in a little more often than you’d like. You’ve decided to do something about it and that’s great. I’m all for a proactivity spirit! But before you dive into trying to change your behaviour, you need to know one thing. It’s so worth your time because knowing this could save you a lot of hassle in the long run. After all, trial and error is a pretty long winded approach to changing behaviour!

Intrigued? Continue reading after the jump!

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Why Do We Get Stuck In Bad Habits?

Let’s start with an example (which may or may not be based my own life experiences!)

As you walk home from work you approach your local supermarket. Inside you can see people wandering around the shop and going about making their purchases. You begin to walk into the direction of the store and before you know it you’re at the checkout buying the chocolate that always takes your fancy.

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