Be informed, stay sane: Digital wellness in the era of COVID-19

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What’s hoarding toilet papers got to do a fatal flu virus outbreak? Good ol’ media.

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Imagine this.

The year is 2020. A flu virus, the deadliest in history, by the name of coronavirus (COVID-19) has infected and wiped out 99.9 percent of the world population.

At the same time, aliens decide to pay our planet a visit. At arrival, they find the streets strangely quiet, shops, restaurants, cafes, and stores shut down. As they make their way from one house to the next, the aliens discover bodies after bodies. What’s more strange is the piles of items, labeled toilet paper, they discover in every house.

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Cultivating high-quality alternatives to digital distractions

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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, comparing herself to people online.

Everyone nods in agreement relating to the side-effects she listed for her decision.

‘What do you do instead?!’ one peer asks, ludicrously.

We all laugh.

Most of us turn to our digital devices often because the alternative sucks.

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I broke my laptop and my grades improved! Re:  Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting.

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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.

Dynarski’s rationale for the ban is the growing evidence that overall college students learn less and earn worse grades when they use computers or tablets during lectures.

The reason?  Laptops distract from learning.

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