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.
—Sarah Kershaw, "Girl Talk Has Its Limits," The New York Times, September 11, 2008
'It's important to differentiate between co-rumination and sharing with the aim of looking for solutions.'
While co-rumination can be detrimental to a teenager's emotional health, psychologists here said that teenagers can avoid that outcome by working towards finding a solution or a broader perspective when they talk to one another about problems.
—June Cheong, "Calling for trouble," The Straits Times, October 2, 2008
—Amanda J. Rose, "Co-rumination in the friendships of girls and boys," Child Development, November 1, 2002
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