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Screens might be as bad for mental health as … potatoes
"Researchers will essentially torture the data until it gives them a statistically significant result that they can publish," Przybylski says. (Not all researchers who report such results do so with the intention to deceive. But researchers are people; science as an institution may strive for objectivity, but scientists are nevertheless susceptible to biases that can blind them to their misuse of data.) "We wanted to move past this kind of statistical cherry-picking. So we decided to look for a data-driven method to collect the whole orchard, all at once." [...]

To put it in perspective, the researchers compared the link between technology use and adolescent well-being to that of other factors examined by the large-scale data sets. "Using technology is about as associated with well-being as eating potatoes," Przybylski says. In other words: hardly at all. By the same logic, bullying had an effect size four times greater than screen use. Smoking cigarettes? 18 times. Conversely, getting enough sleep and eating breakfast were positively associated with adolescent well-being at a magnitude 44 and 30 times that of technology use, respectively.
technology  health  mentalhealth 
yesterday by terry
Stop scaremongering about kids spending time on their phones
Still, the screen time scaremongering continues. Partly it’s the fault of scientists and journals, for doing and encouraging shoddy, shocking science; and partly it’s the media’s fault for overhyping weak and uncertain results. “It’s a lot easier,” says David Ellis, a psychologist at Lancaster who specialises in the psychological impacts of technology, “to get the press to cover something about how tech is having a bad effect, than something which says it’s having very little effect.” The RCPCH’s guidelines are a refreshing change.
socialmedia  health  mentalhealth 
2 days ago by terry
Last year I finished an 18 month secondment at the DWP advising on . I came to the conclusion that the…
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3 days ago by cathmnet
This is the world's biggest mental health problem - and you might not have heard of it | World Economic Forum
Anxiety disorders can follow different courses, but the most commonly experienced symptoms include:

apprehension – worrying about future misfortunes, feeling on edge, having difficulty concentrating
motor tension – restlessness and fidgeting, tension headaches, trembling, inability to relax
autonomic overactivity – lightheadedness, sweating, abnormally high heart-rate (tachycardia) or abnormally rapid breathing (tachypnoea), pain in the upper abdomen (epigastric discomfort), dizziness, and dry mouth
By 2030, the cost to the global economy of all mental health problems could amount to $16 trillion. How the world confronts mental health challenges, which are a blight on a growing number of people’s lives as well as an economic encumbrance, is on the agenda at the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting 2019 in Davos.
3 days ago by corrales
Ask Polly: ‘I Will Never Be Who I Want to Be’
Your religion does not understand that mere survival can be wildly taxing.
mentalhealth  workculture  burnout  worklifebalance  women 
3 days ago by dirtystylus
'I want to stand up for every woman experiencing abuse' - BBC News
When nude photos of leading Ugandan model Judith Heard were published without her consent last year she not only found herself under arrest, but also under attack in the media and online. To break this pattern of victim-blaming, she is now urging Ugandan women to talk openly about sexual abuse - and to show solidarity with one another. She told her own story to Sophie Hemery and Alice McCool.
JudithHeard  Uganda  Modelling  Models  Abuse  Harassment  MentalHealth  BBCNews 
5 days ago by dk33per
The fear that lies behind aggressive masculinity | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian
The age-old mistake, which has stunted countless lives, is the assumption that because physical hardship in childhood makes you physically tough, emotional hardship must make you emotionally tough. It does the opposite. It implants a vulnerability that can require a lifetime of love and therapy to repair and that, untreated, leads to an escalating series of destructive behaviours. Emotionally damaged men all too often rip apart their own lives, and those of their partners and children. I see both physical fitness and emotional strength as virtues, but they are acquired by entirely different means.
masculinity  identity  aggression  fear  decline  emotion  mentalHealth  dctagged  dc:creator=MonbiotGeorge 
5 days ago by petej

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