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Stop the Stigma

How Effective Are Mental Health Awareness Campaigns?

We're surrounded by awareness campaigns, particularly health awareness campaigns. In the US, the number of designated national health awareness days had reached 200 by 2015 (Purtle & Roman, 2015). In 2017, the Stanford Social Innovation Review published an article titled Stop Raising Awareness Already. Pointing to the great many awareness month designations all for a… Continue reading How Effective Are Mental Health Awareness Campaigns?

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Blogging and Writing

How Do You Handle Notifications on Your Devices?

Tech has become a huge part of most people's lives. The combination of tech and social media (and other websites) means the potential for a lot of notifications. How do you manage them to keep them from getting overwhelming? Push vs pull A lot of sites and apps try to send you push notifications, shoving… Continue reading How Do You Handle Notifications on Your Devices?

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Our Social World

Where Do You Get Your News From?

The internet has made news accessible on a scale that would have been unimaginable when I was a kid. However, the wealth of available news isn't necessarily a good thing. With so many options, where do you get your news from? Traditional media My parents were keen TV news watchers, so I grew up being… Continue reading Where Do You Get Your News From?

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology Series

What Is… Panic Buying

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is panic buying. Panic buying has been in the news in the UK recently, and I'm sure everyone remembers the great toilet paper crisis of 2020. This phenomenon has occurred a number of times over the past century.… Continue reading What Is… Panic Buying

Internet Acronyms, AKA proof that I'm old: TMI, LOL, OMG, YOLO
Miscellaneous

Internet Acronyms & Proof That I’m Old

This internet acronyms post is inspired by a comment that Cassandra made on a post I did about idioms. I'm in my 40s and Gen-X, so compared to the kids on the internet these days, I'm old. I also spend very little time on social media, so I'm pretty out of the loop. There are… Continue reading Internet Acronyms & Proof That I’m Old

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Blogging and Writing

Blogging, Likes, and Social Proof

Rory of A Guy Called Bloke alluded to this recently, and I wanted to talk a little more about the psychological phenomenon called social proof, and how it applies to blogging. First off, what is social proof? When we're in a situation where the action we should take is ambiguous, we tend to follow what… Continue reading Blogging, Likes, and Social Proof

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology Series

What Is… FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is fear of missing out (FOMO). Fear of missing out, more commonly known as FOMO, is a form of social anxiety (although not a social anxiety disorder). It involves a pervasive apprehension that others might be engaging in… Continue reading What Is… FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology Series, Our Social World

What Is… Cancel Culture

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is cancel culture. Cancel culture is an odd phenomenon spawned by the social media era. Some argue that it poses a threat to freedom of speech. I didn't know enough to write an opinion post on it, so… Continue reading What Is… Cancel Culture

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Blogging and Writing

To Instagram or to Blog, Is That the Question?

I have an Instagram account that I rarely use. The odd time I do log in, though, I see a lot of people who are either no longer on WordPress or barely using it, but are very present in Instagram. So, for today's post, I wanted to talk about people moving from WP to Instagram.… Continue reading To Instagram or to Blog, Is That the Question?