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Science, Pseudoscience, & Media Literacy

The “Free” Things Online Are Never Actually Free

su This came to mind recently because of a comment I saw on someone's blog to do with a news site requiring a subscription to read article. With the explosion of the internet in recent years and the vast amount of content that's available, we've come to expect things to be free. Except none of… Continue reading The “Free” Things Online Are Never Actually Free

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Depression

Depression and My Cooling Relationship with Social Media

I've never been a big social media person. Before I started blogging, I briefly had a Facebook account, but that didn't last long. Once I started blogging, I created accounts on Pinterest and Twitter. I started a new Facebook account, but deleted that pretty quickly because I just don't like Facebook. Last year, I created… Continue reading Depression and My Cooling Relationship with Social Media

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Blogging

Where’s the Line Between Blog Promotion and Being Spammy?

We all want people to read our blogs; if we didn't, we'd probably keep them private.  A lot of bloggers will, at least at some point, look for ways to promote their blog, whether that be to grow community connections or for other reasons.  But there always seems to be a few people who really get… Continue reading Where’s the Line Between Blog Promotion and Being Spammy?

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What is... psychology series

What Is… Trolling

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is online trolling. Of course we all know what trolling is, and most of us have experienced it.  But what underlies it from a psychological perspective? A paper by Coles and West described trolling as "a specific type… Continue reading What Is… Trolling

Blogging

How Do You Manage Notifications?

A recent post by Rory of A Guy Called Bloke got me thinking about this.  We're constantly bombarded with a ton of information from the various different platforms we use, so how do you avoid getting overwhelmed with notifications and having your mental health negatively impacted? By default, WordPress and social media platforms want to throw… Continue reading How Do You Manage Notifications?

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Mental Health, Suicide

How Should Social Media Handle Reported Suicidal Posts?

Let's say you're scrolling through your Twitter feed.  You see a tweet that makes it seem like that person intends to imminently act on suicidal thoughts.  What do you do? Unfortunately, there isn't really a good answer. I've been on the reporting side on one occasion.  Someone had posted on their blog, which was shared… Continue reading How Should Social Media Handle Reported Suicidal Posts?

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Suicide

Guilt Is Not a Suicide Prevention Strategy

A blogger I knew died by suicide on yesterday.  She scheduled a blog post and a Twitter share of the post to go live after the fact.  One of the things mentioned in her post was that her plan was to be struck by a train. Today I was looking at the Twitter comments in… Continue reading Guilt Is Not a Suicide Prevention Strategy

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Blogging

How Genuine Are You Online?

I got the idea for this post from a recent post by Kacha at Food.for.thoughts about social media and depression, and I think it's a relevant question for anyone who shares parts of themselves on the internet – how genuine are you online? Layers of communication In-person communication typically involves three levels: verbal, paraverbal (tone… Continue reading How Genuine Are You Online?