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Relationships on social media can’t be trusted—here’s how they can negatively affect you

Couples aren’t as happy as they look on social media; and modeling your relationship after these picture-perfect facades will never end well. Happy couples actually post less on social media because they’re focused on their time together, they aren’t looking for validation, and they show their love in private, more…

Stop binge-watching, start gaming: Why you should play video games and how to contend with toxic gaming culture

Even though most of us are comfortable with binge-watching a TV series, the thought of playing video games might seem out of the question.  Part of our hesitancy comes from the stereotypes that we hold about gaming and those who play—but our outdated misconceptions shouldn’t hold us back from picking…

Screen time to green time: New study informs healthy screen habits as kids go back to school

A new study finds that fewer than two hours of daily screen time can adversely affect a kid’s life satisfaction.   Physical activity is crucial to wellbeing, and sedentary screen time interferes with exercise hours. Screen time guidelines can become more nuanced as children return to in-person learning.  Experts recommend separating…

The connection between smartwatches and health anxiety: Does this technology actually make us more stressed out?

Smartwatches have exploded in popularity, especially among Millennials and younger Gen-Xers: Companies like Garmin, Apple, and Fitbit all offer wearables that come loaded with features. Heavily marketed features of smartwatches include heart rate and stress monitoring, as well as blood O2 readings.  While vital sign readings can be useful from…

How to survive a viral punishment: Cancel culture stories of social sanctions and online shaming

Community values are reflected in our norms about social sanctions and third party punishments (TPPs).  Our online interactions with celebrities reveal shifts in a society’s moral codes.  “Cancel culture” can indicate a time-honored practice of regulating social behavior or pure trolling. Gossip, concept creep, and identity can also feed into…

Dads get a bad rap: Insights into being a supportive father, despite what pop culture and societal stereotypes may say

Dads are commonly portrayed in pop culture as oblivious, absent-minded, and detached—in other words, they’re often shown as being incapable of parenting. The laughs are real, but the societal implications are as well. Our favorite shows and media often critique and remark on our social norms and issues. When it…

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