ReviewGeek: The Best Meditation and Mindfulness Apps For Soothing Your Mind. “Stress and anxiety are all to prevalent in busy modern lives. Mindfulness and meditation training can help put things into perspective and calm your mind. We’ve rounded up the best meditation apps to help you relax and refocus.”
MakeUseOf: How to Mute People on Social Media: Facebook, WhatsApp, Reddit, and More. “No matter what you use social media for, you probably have all your friends and family on there. And while you may love and respect those people, seeing every single thing they post online can sometimes get a little too much. On top of that, you probably have contacts who post things that either don’t concern you, or simply annoy you. The problem is you don’t always want to unfriend people just to de-clutter your feeds.”
CNET: Will AI need therapy in the future?. “Considering we live in a world where MIT researchers created Norman, a psychopathic AI, it makes sense — perhaps we’ll soon occupy a future where we have to ‘treat’ AI for potential personality disorders, in much the same way we treat human beings. “
Reuters: Good social media experiences don’t outweigh bad ones for young adults. “For young adults, the adverse effect of negative social media experiences on mental health outweigh any potential benefits of positive experiences, a study of university students suggests. Each 10 percent increase in a student’s negative experiences on social media was associated with a 20 percent increase in the odds of depressive symptoms, researchers found.”
Yellin Center: Pediatrician Screening for Social Media Use Urged. “In the latest issue of the journal Pediatrics, a team from the Baylor School of Medicine has proposed expanding the guidelines for adolescent health screenings to include questions about social media use. The proposal is based on data that finds teen social use resembles the patterns of substance addiction, with usage increasing over time from an average of 16 minutes a day between ages 10 and 12 to an average of 71 minutes a day during adolescence. Teenage girls report the highest usage, some 142 minutes per day on average. Anxiety during periods of withdrawal increase with age and usage, with 80 percent of college students indicating that they feel anxious when they are not able to access their devices, the authors report.”
News Channel 9: Tennessee launches new website to help people find mental health resources fast. “Tennesseans have a new way to find mental health and substance abuse resources and information fast. The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) unveiled its new Fast Facts website Thursday.” The site includes directories of various services… and the services covered do include substance abuse and addiction.
Wired: How Pro-Eating Disorder Posts Evade Filters On Social Media. “New research published last month in the peer-reviewed journal New Media & Society highlights how pro-ED groups continue to evade attempts at moderation. The study also found that sites like Pinterest and Instagram sometimes suggest more pro-ED content to users via their recommendation algorithms.”