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February 29, 2020
by Elizabeth Pratt

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When You Should Worry About Your Teen's Selfies

February 29, 2020 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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A study from the University of Arizona examining the habits of teenage girls who take selfies found that taking and distributing selfies on social media isn’t associated with poor body confidence. But selfies can become a problem if teenage girls spend a lot of time debating what photo of themselves to share, or heavily editing photos before sharing. [More]

February 28, 2020
by Tina Arnoldi

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Social Media Use in a Volatile Political Climate

February 28, 2020 08:10 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

Photo by Daria Nepriakhina on Unsplash
We're in a volatile political climate in the United States and are heading into what will be an interesting election. Whether it’s a twitter storm or fake news, there’s plenty of ammunition for social media fights over political beliefs. And recent research found that general social media use has a negative effect on political knowledge, which may only fuel the fire in upcoming months. [More]

February 21, 2020
by Tina Arnoldi

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Dopamine Fasting. More Hype?

February 21, 2020 07:10 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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Dopamine fasting encourages people to avoid stimulation to become better versions of themselves. Dr. Cameron Sepah describes it as “an evidence-based technique to manage addictive behaviors, by restricting them to specific periods of time, and practicing fasting from impulsively engaging in them, in order to regain behavioral flexibility.” [More]

December 27, 2019
by Tina Arnoldi

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Predicting Loneliness with FitBit Data

December 27, 2019 14:55 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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A recent study in JMIR found that data from Fitbit and smartphone devices could help identify college students experiencing loneliness. The results suggest “fine-grained behavioral features” from mobile and wearable devices can distinguish between high and low levels of loneliness. Students [More]

December 20, 2019
by Tina Arnoldi

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Facebook Encourages Private Mental Health Conversations

December 20, 2019 08:05 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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Facebook rolled out new photo filters and stickers to “act as an invitation for friends who might be struggling to reach out for support through Messenger.” This is meant to be a tool to encourage users to connect with friends online about mental health. But there are concerns about passive data collection on different platforms, such as Facebook, so it is debatable whether this will help or hurt mental health. [More]