We’re still figuring out how to cope with access to everything in your pocket

A new paper is published which investigates the unusual rise of depression in teens in the US between 2010 and 2015.

What happened so that so many more teens, in such a short period of time, would feel depressed, attempt suicide and commit suicide? After scouring several large surveys of teens for clues, I found that all of the possibilities traced back to a major change in teens’ lives: the sudden ascendance of the smartphone.

(Source: The Conversation)

We need to remind ourselves and our kids that we’re still figuring out what the infinite possibilities in our pocket does to us. We don’t know what is healthy, what is too much, what is too little. We’re riding a massive wave without practice, so it’s not surprising that lots of (young) people seem to drown.

The best advise to all seems to be to enjoy looking at your screen in moderation, just like all other addictive substances.


It doesn’t take much to be seduced

One like and you’re already better targeted and persuaded to click an ad (via The Guardian).

I hate techniques to get people to buy more stuff they don’t actually want or need. At university we had a course on marketing techniques, for instance how to research the best route through a supermarket to seduce people to buy more. It was after that course I knew I wasn’t cut out for marketing. Instead, I chose to reflect on the field of communication more through philosophy. I wish more people would do that.