There are so many disturbing facts in this article I have no idea where to begin, other than to say I am again contemplating how to untether myself from the smartphone.
Teen depression and suicide rates have soared since 2011, the first year that the teen suicide rate was higher than the teen homicide rate. And researchers have found there’s a connection to the phone, with teens who spend three or more hours a day on devices having a 35 percent greater risk of suicide. “There’s not a single exception,” writes Twenge. “All screen activities are linked to less happiness, and all nonscreen activities are linked to more happiness.”
The author writes about the value of implementing self accountability in the form of meticulous planning of your day through a day planner. She references Franklin’s strategies in which he planned his whole day in blocks of time for work, meals, and even diversions. Being more meticulous of her time allowed her to accomplish more reading, exercise, cooking, and projects.
The best way to get things done, then, is almost always to make a plan — and, more specifically, to write it out.
“What you resist not only persists but will grow in size.” — Carl Jung
The author, Carl Richards, suggests instead of trying to resist bad habits we should replace. For example, rather than try to resist eating that cookie or drinking that soda, drink a glass of water, do a pushup, do jumping jacks. Basically take an action that replaces the urge to follow a bad habit or pattern. Understand, this will take some practice and time to reprogram yourself, but it just may work.
Another psychologist references Johan Hari’s book, “Lost Connections“, citing data which supports loneliness and isolation, our materialistic culture and the discontent it creates, and disconnection from nature as significant contributors to depression and anxiety.
Louise Gray writes about her dual life as a food writer and bulimic. There are powerful observations and personal discoveries in this piece for The Guardian.
“Food is about more than fuelling your body or even impressing your friends on social media. It is bound up closely with emotion. We eat food to comfort ourselves, to make us happy and quell anxiety. In a growing child it can be especially difficult to recognise the difference between the hunger for food and the hunger to fit in, to be loved.
When I stuck my fingers down my throat, it was not because I had been rejected by a boy I fancied. It wasn’t about the shape of my changing body or even about my dysfunctional home life. Later in life, it wasn’t about my impending deadline or the broken friendship or the failed job interview. It was the inability to deal with the emotions those experiences brought up, to express them, to seek help and to move on.”