Archive for 'Technology'

Instagram ruins self-confidence and mental health in teenagers, study finds

Instagram ruins self-confidence and mental health in teenagers, study finds

Many artists use Instagram to promote their work and even book sessions. However, there are probably even more teenagers who use this social network for presenting themselves – the fake version of themselves. Anti-bullying organization Ditch [...]

Depression and mental health apps: How to tell the good from the bad

Depression and mental health apps: How to tell the good from the bad

There are currently more than 10,000 depression and anxiety-related self-help apps available to download, the American Psychiatric Association estimates. But less than 1 per cent have been professionally evaluated.  Cause for concern? Well, yes. But not [...]

Study: Mental health mobile apps are effective self-help tools

Study: Mental health mobile apps are effective self-help tools

When it comes to strengthening your mental or emotional health, would you trust an app? A trio of Brigham Young University health science researchers has published new research that says the answer is yes. The group [...]

Anxiety and uncertainty in the age of the smartphone — and what we can do about it

Anxiety and uncertainty in the age of the smartphone — and what we can do about it

Our culture has changed immensely as a result of the smartphone. Photo: Smartphones might be affecting our ability to deal with uncertainty. (Pixabay.com)   We can get reassurance for every doubt just by texting our friends. [...]

Mental health message headed for isolated communities in Antarctic bases

Mental health message headed for isolated communities in Antarctic bases

It is one of the most remote places on Earth, but the physical hardships confronted by expeditioners to Antarctica are not the only challenges they face. Months spent without sunlight, separation from loved ones and disrupted [...]

Small devices generate big data

Small devices generate big data

Until recently, if you’d looked into where our health data is collected by researchers across Australia, you would have encountered the usual suspects – hospitals, prescription records, aged-care facilities, and local GP clinics. But the future [...]

Australian Researchers Say Smartphone Apps Can Help With Depression

Australian Researchers Say Smartphone Apps Can Help With Depression

Image: iStock   While not to be considered a replacement for medication or professional therapy, a new study shows smartphone apps can be an effective treatment option for depression. With depression currently the most prevalent mental [...]

Too much social media could hamper your child’s ability to read facial emotions, study finds

Too much social media could hamper your child’s ability to read facial emotions, study finds

Are you guilty of spending hours on end staring at a tablet or smartphone? Have you ever thought about how that could affect your capacity to notice another person’s emotions? Life on screens could be thwarting [...]

Internet addiction, ‘convenient’ social media sites linked to online cheating, SA researcher says

Internet addiction, ‘convenient’ social media sites linked to online cheating, SA researcher says

People addicted to the internet are more likely to have problematic sexual interactions with strangers online and their addiction should be treated as a disorder, a South Australian expert has said. Social Sciences lecturer and researcher [...]

Beware the digital zombie generation

Beware the digital zombie generation

As winter drags on, it is easy to become isolated and alone. With so much conflict in society, it is understandable if you want to retreat into yourself, maybe find shelter from all the threats of [...]