Cultivating high-quality alternatives to digital distractions

Once upon a time, a high-school student tells a group of her peers and adults that she has deleted all her social media accounts for an unspecified period of time. She explains that she is spending too much time on social media, and comparing herself to people online. Everyone nods in agreement relating to the … Continue reading Cultivating high-quality alternatives to digital distractions

Unplugging: A digital detox experiment

This post is a way overdue follow up to the National Unplugging Day article I wrote, and my experience unplugging.  According to a study by the World Economic Forum, digital media users often spend more hours online than they sleep, yet only half believe it improves their quality of life. Not only is increased in … Continue reading Unplugging: A digital detox experiment

45 tips for using your iPhone as a tool, and not a distraction device

I had a very busy weekend traveling to Toronto, socializing hardcore and having a grand time. Unfortunately, that meant I didn't have time to follow my blogging schedule for Monday and post an article yesterday. Luckily, I stumbled upon a wonderful article today and thought I would share it here. It is a thorough list … Continue reading 45 tips for using your iPhone as a tool, and not a distraction device

Digital wellness for beginners

At the peak of the proliferation of smartphones and social media and the attention economy, our attention has become the most valuable commodity. In order to profit from our attention, companies employ tactics to hijack our attention and keep us glued to our smartphones, scrolling mindlessly through our newsfeeds and watching cat memes all day … Continue reading Digital wellness for beginners

Minimizing ‘the noise’: Why I deleted my LinkedIn account

What do you need to do when an online platform intended for professional networking and growing your career turns into a nuance to your everyday life? You need to cut it. My disdain for social media continues to grow more and more each day. I am completely, albeit a bit alarmingly, obsessed with the idea of … Continue reading Minimizing ‘the noise’: Why I deleted my LinkedIn account

Mental health and social media

By now, it is very evident that we can no longer talk about mental health without also mentioning how our increasing addiction to technology, our digital devices, and various online platforms, can negatively impact our mental well-being. Increasingly, studies are showing the negative effects of social media on our mental health and mental well-being [1].  According … Continue reading Mental health and social media