I Keep Losing My Phone, and Honestly, I Couldn’t Be Happier

Thrive Global

By Katie Santamaria

The other day, my mom called my friend in a momentary panic, saying, “Where’s Katie? I want to talk to her, but she isn’t picking up her phone.” In that moment, I felt proud. I obviously wasn’t proud because my mom was struggling to reach me, or because I was ignoring her call — I was proud because I had no idea where my phone was.

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Local Opinion: Grandparents, children and the importance of boredom

Tucson.com - Opinion

By Renée Schafer Horton

Parents today are constantly pressured to keep their children entertained. This really ramps up during summer when parents fear that every second of a child’s life must be “enriched” or he’ll wind up on a therapist’s couch or joining a circus.

But it’s impossible to be entertaining 24/7. Worse, it results in children who expect life to be all unicorns and rainbows and become whiny, anxious, device-addicted kiddos when they discover that it is not.

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Instagram hides number of 'likes' from users in Australian trial

The Guardian

Instagram users in Australia will no longer be able to see how many likes a post has a received under trial changes to “remove pressure” on the digital platform’s users.

Instagram will on Thursday begin rolling out the trial update removing the total number of likes on photos and viewings of videos on user feeds and profiles, and permalink pages.

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This Is How We Date Now

Thought Catalog

We don’t commit now. We don’t see the point. They’ve always said there are so many fish in the sea, but never before has that sea of fish been right at our fingertips on OkCupid, Tinder, Grindr, Dattch, take your pick.

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Yvette Jong
The Attention Diet

Mark Manson Net

By Mark Manson

In the time it took me to outline this article I checked Twitter three times and my email twice. I responded to four emails. I checked Slack once and sent text messages to two people. I went down a rabbit hole of YouTube videos once, costing me about 30 minutes of productivity, and I probably checked my books’ ranks on Amazon roughly 3,172 times.

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The Importance of Boredom

Medium - The Startup

By Varun Penamatsa

“I’m bored”.

I’d learned to associate statements like this with negativity, but today boredom has become something I celebrate.

Our beautifully over-stimulated culture, which places such emphasis on “productivity”, often makes it difficult for us to be okay with not doing anything.

But boredom, or rather time spent not actively doing, is vital to our well-being.

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Is Burnout Real?

New York Times - Opinion

By Richard A. Friedman

Burnout is everywhere. Studentsworkersparents — nearly everyone seems to have suffered from it.

Last week, the World Health Organization upgraded burnout from a “state” of exhaustion to “a syndrome” resulting from “chronic workplace stress” in its International Disease Classification, the official compendium of diseases.

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Smartphone addiction is impacting sleep, survey finds

Techspot

By Shawn Knight

One in three teens are waking up to check their smartphones.

A hot potato: As for flat out addiction, 45 percent of parents said they feel addicted to their mobile device compared to just 39 percent of teens. Those figures are up from 27 percent and down from 50 percent, respectively, since 2016.

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Is 'Gaming Disorder' An Illness? WHO Says Yes, Adding It To Its List Of Diseases

NPR

By Anya Kamenetz

They are popular. They are controversial. And now, video games have just become an internationally recognized addiction.

On May 25, the World Health Organization officially voted to adopt the latest edition of its International Classification of Diseases, or ICD, to include an entry on "gaming disorder" as a behavioral addiction.

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