Need to vent? Turn to real-life support, not social media
Social media may make it easier for people to engage online, but it does not provide a lot of the benefits of real-life human interactions. Problematic social media use is not a recognized addictive disorder, but there are similarities in the symptoms of someone with a substance use disorder and a person displaying excessive social media use.
The secret to achieving goals
When people first decide what to do they are motivated by rewards. However, once they begin to put plans into action, their focus turns to the difficulty of the effort they need to put in. They suggest the key to achievable aims is to consider the effort needed when deciding what to do, and then remembering to focus on the rewards once the time comes to put the effort in.
Cybercrime: Internet erodes teenage impulse controls
Many teenagers are struggling to control their impulses on the internet, in a scramble for quick thrills and a sense of power online, potentially increasing their risks of becoming cyber criminals.
Eroding economic opportunity leads to opioid deaths
Throughout the developed world there’s an increasing sense that over the past decade people’s subjective wellbeing (SWB) has been on the decline. Research has indicated that the same is true in Europe and the US as it is in China and elsewhere in Asia. The main reasons for this, according to a mountain of research, are monetary insufficiency, a lack of supportive relationships and the loss of a sense of purpose.
Chronic adversity dampens dopamine production
People exposed to a lifetime of psychosocial adversity may have an impaired ability to produce the dopamine levels needed for coping with acutely stressful situations.
For non-Hispanic whites in the US, life expectancy outlook worsens
The suicide/addiction/mortality rate mirrors the economic picture in the U.S.
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