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A clearer picture of how social media affects our happiness 😪

In 2017, psychologist Jean Twenge warned of a mental health crisis on the horizon as she saw rates of anxiety, depression, and loneliness rising. Six years later now, Twenge has literally written the book on it, with her findings and data collected in a new book out this month, Generations.

Why we're following it 

It's pretty commonly acknowledged that social media has an effect on our mental health, but Twenge's new book, and a slew of better research in the past decade, are painting a better picture of the not only the symptoms, but the behaviors and trends driving them.

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  • In 2022, 95% of teens report using social media everyday, up from about half in 2009.

  • Facebook's rollout to college campuses from 2004-2006, led to clinical depression in about 2% of college students.

  • The percentage of 10th and 12th graders sleeping seven or fewer hours a night rose from a third to one-half from 2010 to 2021.

  • 22% of 10th grade girls spend seven or more hours a day on social media.

  • One 2018 study estimtaes that taking a break from Facebook improves mental health by 30%

Your task should you choose to accept it: Try reducing or taking a break from social media. Or, as the kids say, touch grass 🍃

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To Watch:
  • The Super Mario Bros. Movie: a nostalgic, fun romp through Mushroom Kingdom and already the highest-grossing animated movie of all time.

  • Baby J: John Mulaney's newest standup special on Netflix recounting his experiences with addiction and rehab. 

  • Jury Duty: one unsuspecting man gets Truman Show'd and thinks he's serving jury duty with a cast of oddball jurors + real-life celebrity James Marsden. 

  • Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields, a rare bio-doc that "emulsifies and complicates its cinematic memoir with lucid insights into the culture that shaped her." - Natalia Winkleman, NY Times.

  • Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves: a hilarious, high fantasy adventure film with an ensemble cast that's actually having fun. Starring Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page, Sophia Lillis. Justice Smith, and Hugh Grant.

  • HBO on Sunday nights: Bill Hader's Barry and Succession are both in full swing in their respective fourth seasons.

  • The Mandalorian S3 just wrapped...actually, maybe just skip this and watch Andor instead.  

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