Bustle: How To Make A Digital Detox Last, According To Science

Bustle: How To Make A Digital Detox Last, According To Science. “Some aspects of social media can play into individual traumas or triggers. I was ordered (yep, ordered) off Twitter by my therapist when the comparisons with other people’s shiny achievements started to push my depression triggers. You don’t need to feel triggered in order to want to make a change, though. Studies have shown that social media can negatively impact body image, and that teenage girls and young women are particularly vulnerable to social media-induced depression. If you want to do a digital reset, here are some tips from science on how to make it stick.”

Wired: The Existential Crisis Plaguing Online Extremism Researchers

Wired: The Existential Crisis Plaguing Online Extremism Researchers. “In a connected, searchable world, it’s hard to share information about extremists and their tactics without also sharing their toxic views. Too often, actions intended to stem the spread of false and dangerous ideologies only make things worse.”

BBC: What to do if you see an Instagram post about suicide

BBC: What to do if you see an Instagram post about suicide. “Malaysian police say a 16-year-old girl killed herself earlier this week, after she asked her Instagram followers whether she should live or die. The Malaysian teenager had hosted a poll on her Instagram story, with the question: ‘Really Important, Help Me Choose D / L’, where D stood for death, while L stood for life, according to police. Some of her followers voted for ‘death’.”

The Scotsman: Holyrood advisory group to examine links between body image anxiety and social media

The Scotsman: Holyrood advisory group to examine links between body image anxiety and social media. “A new group will advise the Scottish Government on how to promote and achieve a healthy body image to help tackle Scotland’s mental health crisis. The advisory group – whose members have not yet been announced – will look at links between social media use and body image issues.”

Study: AI Can Detect Depression In A Child’s Speech (Science Blog)

Science Blog: Study: AI Can Detect Depression In A Child’s Speech. “A machine learning algorithm can detect signs of anxiety and depression in the speech patterns of young children, potentially providing a fast and easy way of diagnosing conditions that are difficult to spot and often overlooked in young people, according to new research published in the Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics.”

Quartz: The dark reason new mothers share photos of their kids on Facebook

Quartz: The dark reason new mothers share photos of their kids on Facebook. “Why would a busy and exhausted new mother use valuable time to craft the perfect baby photo for Facebook? Moreover, why should she care so much about how these ‘friends’—some of whom are family and close friends, but many of whom are mere acquaintances —respond to photos of her baby? To connect. Being a new mother can be lonely and overwhelming.”

Washington Post: Our devices steal our attention. We need to take it back.

Washington Post: Our devices steal our attention. We need to take it back.. “To explain why we should refocus our attention, [Jenny] Odell notes the tension between being connected online and disconnected in the real world. We tend to stay online too much, she suggests, because digital platforms are structured to keep us connected for their own profit. It is necessary to escape to engage in sensitive, actual human interaction. Though these are not necessarily new observations, it’s worthwhile to reiterate that, for all the social unity and disunity social media sites promote, the profit motive is the reason most of them exist.”