Is texting culture giving us anxiety?

Texting culture has burdened us with the expectation to be reachable and responsive 24/7. What is such expectation costing us?

Although I didn’t feel entirely alone in suffering from texting induced anxiety, I didn’t think the problem was relevant enough to grant clinical terms, such as textiety and textaphrenia.

Text messaging is an essential part of communication, providing a quick and convenient method to stay connected with our family, friends, and acquaintances. But, despite being a useful mode of communication, the expectation to be reachable and responsive 24/7, literally, can be very stressful and overwhelming for many.

Textiety refers to the anxious feeling one gets from not receiving or sending text messages.

Mental health professionals are reporting anxiety around texting show up in their practice, and it is now part of a new area of research and treatment related to mobile devices and online communication.

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A digital minimalist’s approach to social media management

This is a guest post by Matt Jennings from mattjennings.uk.

As a digital minimalist, is it possible to ‘do social media’ without the constant connectivity that apps like Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and others enable? In this post, Matt is going to put forward the case that you can.

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Laugh or log off

Once upon a time, a fan accused Rihanna of being insensitive for a meme she shared on her Instagram. Rihanna responded with, “laugh or log off.”

Discovering this gem reminded me of another favourite from Tyler, The Creator.

He tweeted,

“Hahahahahahahaha How The F**k Is Cyber Bullying Real Hahahaha N***a Just Walk Away From The Screen Like N***a Close Your Eyes Haha.”

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Online dating for those who hate online dating

A story about using the digital world as a tool to enrich our lives, not diminish it.

Naturally, I was against online dating for a very, very, very long time. Then, I joined Tinder, met my now-husband on the app, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Speaking of history…


A brief history of love & technology.

Online dating is almost as old as the Internet itself.

The first online dating website, kiss.com, was established in 1994. Only a year after the Internet went public. Match.com, a dating website many of you might be familiar with, has been around since 1995.

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Cultivating high-quality leisure

Once upon a time, a high school student tells a group of peers and adults that she has deleted all her social media accounts for an unspecified period of time.

The reason? She’s spending too much time on social media and comparing herself to her peers online.

Everyone nods in agreement, relating to the reasons she listed for her decision.

‘What do you do instead?!’ one peer asks, ludicrously.

We all laugh.


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Going analog in a digital world

There is a prevailing idea in the digital wellness realm that seems the most convincing— quit the digital world all together.

Quit social media.

Quit the Internet.

Quit your smartphone.

And my most recent favourite, Donald Knuth, a famous computer scientist who “have been a happy man ever since January 1, 1990, when I no longer had an email address.” What a luxury!

Yet, such drastic measures for life-tech balance isn’t always realistic nor desirable for everyone. Nor, does it need to be so extreme.

For the past few weeks, I have implemented two simple changes to my days that have resulted in less time spent online: cooking intuitively and paper journaling. Best part? Without sacrificing the convenience, ease, and connection the digital world provides me.

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Addiction by design: How technology keeps us hooked

In 2011, I quit Facebook. In 2013, I quit Instagram, Tumblr, and Snapchat. In 2017, I quite Twitter, quitting social media all-together for three years. In between, I studied closely the psychological implications of the digital world on our lives and well-being. One of the most important lessons I learned was that technology isn’t neutral.

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Attention merchants: Harvesters of human attention

A while back, I wrote a very lengthy and super detailed article on the attention economy: how and why big data is hijacking your mind. Honestly? Even I don’t read super long articles on the web anymore. I don’t have the attention span for it (Oops…)

So, in all fairness, I’ve decided to repost the article in four parts. This is part two, and highly edited.

Please see the original article for references.

Without further ado…


A quick Google search defines attention as:

  1. notice taken of someone or something; the regarding of someone or something as interesting or important.
  2. the action of dealing with or taking special care of someone or something.

Attention is a very valuable asset. It is what allows us to be aware of our surroundings, our safety, and our well-being. Our attention helps us focus, concentrate, learn, grow, connect with one another amongst other important functions.

We are where our attention is.
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