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The Anxious Generation by Jonathan Haidt – a pocket full of poison

“An urgent and persuasive warning about the toll of ‘phone-based childhoods’” This article by Sophie McBain has been published in The Guardian. It begins: “At the start of the 2010s, rates of teenage mental illness took a sharp upward turn, and…
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Twitter (X) use predicts substantial changes in well-being, polarization, sense of belonging, and outrage

This paper from Victoria Oldemburgo de Mello, Felix Cheung, and Michael Inzlicht has been published in Communications Psychology. The abstract says: “In public debate, Twitter (now X) is often said to cause detrimental effects on users and society. Here we address…
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Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention

With relevance to wellbeing (and improved sense-making), this book has been written by Johann Hari. The publishers say: “Why have we lost our ability to focus? What are the causes? And, most importantly, how do we get it back?For Stolen Focus, internationally…
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Pop Pills: the usage of behavior medication by kids in the USA

POP PILLS is the result of an extended investigation by French photojournalist Baptiste Lignel on the use of “behavior medication“ by youths in the USA. The publishers say: This book combines M. Lignel’s photography with elements from popular culture and social media, which bring additional voices to the narrative…
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Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Teen Girls, Company Documents Show

James Wakefield, reporting for the BBC, cites an article in the Wall Street Journal headlined “Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Teen Girls, Company Documents Show”. His article begins: “Facebook-owned Instagram has been criticised for keeping secret its internal research into…
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Living online: the long-term impact on wellbeing

Committees within the UK Parliament consider policy issues, scrutinise government work, expenditure, and examine proposals for primary and secondary legislation. The UK Parliament’s Covid-19 Committee say that: “The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated our rapidly increasing reliance on digital technology. This inquiry will…
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Teens, tech and mental health: Oxford study finds no link

Zoe Kleinman reports for the BBC : “There remains ‘little association’ between technology use and mental-health problems, a study of more than 430,000 10 to 15-year-olds suggests. The Oxford Internet Institute compared TV viewing, social-media and device use with feelings of depression, suicidal tendencies…
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Social media damages teenagers’ mental health, report says

Cristina Criddle reports for the BBC: “Teenagers’ mental health is being damaged by heavy social media use, a report has found. Research from the Education Policy Institute and The Prince’s Trust said wellbeing and self-esteem were similar in all children of…
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