Cut out the co-ruminating back there, ladies!

Here’s a case of things maybe not going better with Web 2.0 tools.

Not all communication is good for you. The obsessive-compulsive kind — the province of our students–can be made worse via the social communications networks.

Lots of plain old RATAs in the classroom at the start of the year– slow communication down and soothe the teenage brain, I say. It seems the scientists agree:

…recently female friendship and girl talk, particularly among adolescents, has drawn growing interest from psychologists and researchers examining the question of how much talking is too much talking. Some studies have found that excessive talking about problems can contribute to emotional difficulties, including anxiety and depression.

The term researchers use is ‘co-rumination‘ to describe frequently or obsessively discussing the same problem. The behavior is typical among teens — Why didn’t he call? Should I break up with him? And, psychologists say, it has intensified significantly with e-mail, text messaging, instant messaging and Facebook. And in certain cases it can spin into a potentially contagious and unhealthy emotional angst, experts say [emph. added]. —Sarah Kershaw, “Girl Talk Has Its Limits,” The New York Times, September 11, 2008

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