With the explosion in digital entertainment options over the past several decades and the more recent restrictions on outdoor and in-person social activities, parents may worry that excessive engagement with digital technology could have long-term effects on their children’s mental health.
A new study published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, however, found little evidence for an increased association between adolescents’ technology engagement and mental health problems over the past 30 years. The data did not consistently support the suggestion that the technologies we worry about most (e.g., smartphones) are becoming more harmful… [Read more…] about Study: Social media and general tech engagement not found to “fry” teenagers’ brains
2020 is the year I decided to cut back on empty brain calories. That’s right, I swore off the mindless junk from social media. Because we are all likely to conduct more and more doomscrolling as the election nears and 2020 continues its infamy, I urge you to stop ingesting digital junk, and start reading a book. [Read more…] about On cutting “empty brain calories” by reading a book instead of social media
Technology can be bad for us—for example, when social media gives us FOMO (fear of missing out) or traps us in filter bubbles that prevent us from seeing multiple points of view on important issues. As a society, we are increasingly concerned that technologies like smartphones and social media result in more social comparison, bullying, and loneliness—all stumbling blocks to happiness. Technology seems to be bad for our happiness when it interferes with the mental, social, emotional, and behavioral processes that contribute to well-being.
But we often fail to realize (and discuss) the ways that technology can also support happiness and well-being—for example [Read more…] about Four guidelines for smart use of smartphones
“Selena Gomez hit the headlines this week when she revealed to ELLE Magazine that, despite being one of the world’s most influential celebrities online with 142 million followers on Instagram alone, she actually has no social media or photo editing apps on her smartphone.
In fact, the only app she does have is Peak, a popular brain-training app.
The Peak app has already reached 40 million downloads worldwide, and Selena Gomez is just part of a growing trend of 20-somethings who are now using apps and games like this for fun, self-improvement and relaxation, rather than just passively browsing online content.”
News in Context:
Question: First of all, if I may, what do you do to stay sharp 🙂
Answer: I stay off social media almost entirely and also try hard not to get caught up with the daily news cycle; this helps me get to more focused states where I can keep concentration on long-form content with greater depth. I also pay attention to diet (no sugar), regular exercise and meditation.
–> Keep reading the interview over at Medium with this great pioneer working on ways to democratize access to neuroscience and neurotech in order to improve brainhealth and mental health worldwide.
What surprised you the most from the Judges’ questions and feedback during the Brainnovations Pitch Contest?
I was pleasantly surprised to see the significant range and depth of knowledge shown by the judging panel, leading to very specific and useful questions around the key challenges to build our global research platform.
In a nutshell, what is the core idea behind Sapien Labs?
The core idea is to further our understanding of the large differences between individual brains in order to manage our brain health and brain states better. [Read more…] about Tara Thiagarajan, Founder of Brainnovations Winner Sapien Labs, on building a global platform for brain research that truly captures the diversity of humanity