This past weekend, a couple of friends and I went to Nuit Blanche to see the art installations downtown Toronto, and in the process, we had a reality check about being. As we strolled through downtown, a friend says, "I never look up." At that statement, we all look up, observing buildings and structures we have … Continue reading Look up!
A while back, I was at a nightclub, slightly drunk and perfectly content to be in an establishment that encourages bad decisions when I experienced the joy of missing out. My favorite songs blasted out of the speakers at deafening levels while bodies pushed against one another and drinks were spilled at an alarming rate. … Continue reading The joy of missing out
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
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
Writing is a very therapeutic and self-reflecting practice for me that allows me to learn a lot more about myself. Until I started my research for this article, I did not know there were, in fact, plenty of blog posts, articles and even peer-reviewed journals out there on the phenomenon of texting anxiety. Although I … Continue reading #Textiety: Is texting culture giving us anxiety?
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 . According … Continue reading Mental health and social media
A few weeks ago, I came across a thought-provoking New York Times' article, Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting. Susan Dynarski, a professor of education, public policy and economics at the University of Michigan, has banned almost all electronic devices during her classes and research seminars. Her rationale for the ban … Continue reading I broke my laptop and my grades improved! Re: Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting.