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  • Do you have people on your Facebook friend list that often post vague updates about their life, leaving you to wonder if he or she are struggling? Or, maybe you have seen status updates that are clearly even more concerning, informing followers about a state of depression and that he or she is considering self-harm.  Unfortunately, this is a very common occurrence and happens all the time in the social media world today. Facebook recognizes this growing issue and has launched a new feature for suicide prevention. The site has partnered with Now Matters Now, Save.org, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention (a nonprofit that is based out of the University of Washington’s School of Social Work). 

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  • If you’re a parent in today’s day in age, it’s almost impossible to get away from the appeal of your smartphone. With so many apps to discover, emails and texts to send at all hours of the day, and Facebook statuses to read, your smartphone is likely with you at all times. It’s very easy to get absorbed by what’s going on with your smartphone and if you do this regularly, a new study out of Boston Medical Center says that you may have more negative interactions with your children and that they may be made to feel like they’re trying to compete for attention.  The study offers a very realistic and sobering picture of how technology devices like smartphones are doing to the parent/child relationship. 

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  • Selfie here, selfie there: selfies are all over the Internet.  Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, everywhere you turn, you see people taking pictures of themselves – everywhere they go. The “I’m-going-to-take-a-picture-of-myself” obsession has become a phenomenon. People take selfies when they’re hiking, when they’re cooking, when they’re working, and even while they’re driving. We have all heard about the dangers of distracted driving, whether it’s talking on the phone while you’re on the road, texting and driving, or now, even taking selfies while you’re operating a car. Well, distracted driving doesn’t just end with vehicles. 

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  • Do you have a Twitter account? Do you find that it is difficult to use or would you get more value out of it if it was designed differently? Twitter recognizes the design of the site is difficult and in November 2014, it promised investors that there would be a new “instant timeline” feature introduced to new users that open an account. The timeline feature would immediately pull content from the network instead of making the user sign up, “follow” people and organizations, then hope that the posts are relevant to their interests. 

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Video Game Addiction

Written by Dr. Andrew Doan & Brooke Strickland on .