The director Bo Burnham discusses his new movie, Eighth Grade, and how kids cobble together their identities, on the internet and off.
The stress of dealing with them wears on reporters, and it can be hard to know when they mean real danger.
How many exclamation points do you need to seem genuinely enthusiastic?
Dads love beer. Moms love wine. And greeting-card companies love gendered tropes about parenting.
As suicide rates rise, and stigma recedes, many discussions and portrayals are still clumsy or hurtful.
Posts are getting less personal—and privacy breaches like Cambridge Analytica could be partly to blame, an Atlantic survey finds
From The Dress to tennis-ball colors to Yanny vs. Laurel, the internet keeps surfacing these places where our perceptions diverge.
The chemistry of gel manicures, chrome nails, and other nail-art trends
How centuries of advice columns have answered this and other questions.
To write her YA novel Emergency Contact, Mary H.K. Choi had to figure out how to render texts between teens without sounding corny.
The “continuous trauma” of a drawn-out event like the Austin bombings is different than a one-time disaster.
Faced with an overwhelming, opaque, and largely unregulated industry, people crowdsource tips and educate themselves about skin products.
Tales of people losing their way, before and after GPS
Two Atlantic writers discuss the new album, Crooked Shadows, and how the band’s sound has evolved since its eight-year hiatus.
... and the movies and TV shows we watch
Entertainment glorifying or excusing predatory male behavior is everywhere—from songs about “blurred lines” to TV shows where rapists marry their victims.
The president’s physical and mental health both appeared excellent in a recent exam, despite reportedly poor lifestyle habits.
In a stressful, data-driven era, many young people find comfort and insight in the zodiac—even if they don’t exactly believe in it.
Digital messages mimic the speed of real conversation, but often what people like best is the ability to put them off.
How filler words and tiny pauses keep conversations from going off the rails